Name Spot of the Week: Midwives&Large Broods

Promo pic for Call the Midwife, from

Reading the Daily Mail is a sort of guilty pleasure pursuit of mine. It’s so much more entertaining when you don’t take them seriously. There have been some interesting name-related articles of late. Remember the Canadian genderless baby named Storm? Well, a British equivalent has recently come out of the woodwork, this time the mother admitting that 5-year-old Sasha is a boy.

They also mentioned X-Factor reject Charley Bird who mentioned the reasoning behind the name of her newborn son Beaux – apparently the x is a reference to X-Factor. Ever heard of reborn dolls? This lady has several, all with relatively oft-heard names: Ruby, Dylan, Daniel, Ellie, Joshua, Annabelle, Daniella, Max, Charlie, Amber and Maddie.

Speaking of large groups of children, Channel 4 aired episode 1 of 15 kids and Counting this week, featuring two super-sized families in the UK. The first is the Sullivans from Kent, who have 11 children: Ben, Stephanie, Caitlin, Harry, Eddie, Sid, Patrick, Oliver, Joseph, Anna and Elizabeth ‘Libby’.

The second is the Radfords from Morecambe, who have 15 children: Chris, Sophie, Chloe, Jack, Daniel, Luke, Millie, Katie, James, Ellie, Aimee, Josh, Max, Tilly May and Oscar. Their grandfather offered up suggestions of Barry, Cecil and Cyril for the name of his newest grandson.

Now, here’s an interesting conundrum a friend mentioned to me the other day: he’s unsure of how to pronounce Ava. It’s rather sweet, thinking about it, because he came across Ava for what seems like the first time when googling popular names, and then said ‘how do you say the name spelt A-V-A?’. To be honest, I too felt a slight uncertainty over whether to say ay-vah or ah-vah, initially.

To end, the BBC recently debuted a new show called Call the Midwife, set in 1950s Britain, thus many of the characters have delightfully era-related names, and some possibly not so:

  • Jenny
  • Julienne
  • Evangelina
  • Monica Joan
  • Trixie (short for Beatrix, perhaps?)
  • Cynthia
  • Bernadette
  • Fred
  • Pearl
  • Maureen
  • Conchita
  • Len
  • Eddy
  • Muriel
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2 thoughts on “Name Spot of the Week: Midwives&Large Broods

  1. I just read that news story about Sasha!

    I guess your pal is too young to have heard Ava Gardner’s name said aloud?


  2. Didn’t watch Call the midwife, but don’t you think Pearl is long overdue a proper comeback? Ought to be the next Ruby.


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