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Surprise Time

Myleene Klass with daughters Ava and Hero, from newsmediaimages.com

I have recently seen some, albeit rather slight allegations that this year the celeb-world has let us down somewhat when it comes to picking the slightly crazy names we’ve come to expect. However, as far as I’m concerned, if the choice of name surprises you, I think it makes for an interesting, notable celeb choice and that’s the basis of the following list. I may not personally love all of the names below, they win their spot on the list through merit of surprise and show there were some rather, shall we say, unexpected choices over the last year split into months:

January – Romeo Mokonzi Santos/ Coco Reese Lakshmi

Two interesting combinations of names to kick off the year. Whilst I really liked the choice of Nona by Dutch radio host Dave Peters, with a pre-existing son named Eppo, it seemed almost expected for him to choose another seldom heard name. What really surprised me were these two names and the mix of styles they possess.

Romeo is the son of former Belgian sprinter Kim Gevaert and her husband Djeke Mambo; they already have a son named Vince. Coco is the first child for No Doubt’s bassist Tony Kanal and he certainly threw them all in the cooking pot.

February – Rocco&Coco/Lily Cato

Two Coco mentions in one list? Abby’s got to me, but how could the twinset choice of Scottish footballer Paul Dalglish go without mention? I kind of like the idea that comes behind the choices, but it is too much in terms of matchiness? One things for sure, they’re two completely different names which just so happen to contain pretty much exactly the same letters as one another.

As for the second nomination, Lily Cato grabs it for her unexpected middle name. O names are being tooted as particularly stylish choices for lads at the moment, and this name just proves the girls needn’t be left behind with this trend. Lily is first child for Dutch musical star Martin van der Starre and his girlfriend Roos (whose name just so happens to be Dutch for Rose) and was born in London.

March – Kip&Bowie/ Hero Harper

March brought a second twinset for this list, this time from an Australian. Brodie Holland already had a daughter named Stevie when these two came along and the thing that caught me about it is how homely the names feel to me. Kip is British slang for a nap, whilst Bowie makes me think of the legend that is David Bowie.

For me, the top female name of March was easy. Myleene Klass already had a daughter named Ava Bailey when she came to welcome little Hero Harper in March. Whilst her middle name could have been expected what with her previous use of Bailey, it was Hero which took me by surprise given that her first daughter has a name well inside the current Top 20.

April – Gem/ Belle

Gem is the son of Aussie Alan Tongue, brother of Becky and Heidi. According to Anna, using the name Gem was a spur-of-the-moment decision for Alan, when the name just came to him after looking at his son for the first time. Since I grew up with a good few Gemmas, it’s a change of scene to be talking about Gem for lads but I kind of like it.

As for the female name, yes, Belle isn’t exactly the most uncommon name in the book, there were plently of wacky choices to choose from, but her selection took me by surprise since her mama, Holly Willoughby, was already a mother to a Harry. That had me presuming she would go with a Top 50 especially-popular-in-Britian girly name like Maisie, Poppy or even Lucy. Belle, on the otherhand, has been mostly overshadowed by Bella of late.

Those wacky choices I mentioned earlier on? Whilst Romanie-Sky Angel Shelley could’ve taken the crown for the girls, she just didn’t surprise me as a name Shane Richie would choose especially since his other daughter with the same partner is called Lolita Bell. In the same month James Cracknell welcomed Trixie Bea – but his pre-existing kids are called the equally quirky Kiki and Croyde.

May – Tate/ Isabeau

Emma Bunton welcomed Tate in this month, brother for Beau. So, why did this name surprise me? It surprised me for a few reasons. The first being that I’ve seen a pondering about the name Tate’s gender status this year. You know what else I found out this year? That whilst you may think Beau is pretty much all-boy, Beau ranks higher (#315) than Belle for girls (#463). The second reason is that sometimes it’s nice to be surprised by someone using a relatively unused name with a relatively well-used name, and seeing them work really well together. In 2010 for England&Wales, Beau was given to 300 boys and Tate to 53 boys.

Isabeau and I have only been acquainted for a few years, and in that time I’ve seldom heard her actually used by parents. It seems especially odd, then, that this Isabeau would be the daughter of Belgian boxer Sugar Jackson. It does seem in line with the choice of Ebenezer for her brother, but nevertheless I couldn’t have seen Isabeau coming either way. But, when you hardly hear the name, how can you?

June – Diesel Dean/ Jasmine Orienta

It was hard for this month to pick a male name, but Diesel Dean won out for the alliteration. We’ve had a few this year, notably Poet Poppin and most recently Georgia Geraldine but this one has it’s merits too. I doubt I would ever think to pair Diesel with Dean, but sound-wise they make a pretty good pairing. He’s the son of American softball player Jenny Finch and is brother to Ace Shane.

Jasmine Orienta is the daughter of Julian Lloyd Webber, and it’s her middle name that won her the placing on this list. Generally speaking, orient is a rather romantic way to say east, it comes from the Latin word oriens predictably meaning east. Think Oriental, think Leyton Orient.

July – Bingham Hawn/Bardot

Probably one of the most high profile names on this list, Bingham had to win this place for really making me think. I live near a town named Bingham and it never occured to me to think of him as a potential name. It just goes to show that fascinating names can be found in most places – especially right under your nose. Bingham, or Bing as they are calling him, is the son of Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudon. There’s a really nice post of the name Bing over at The Name Station.

This year I learnt David Boreanaz had renamed his little 2009 daughter Bardot Vita as Bella Vita Bardot so I presumed it would be awhile before Bardot surfaced again since it clearly didn’t work out for them. I was wrong. Dutch TV presenter Regina Romeijn picked up the torch when she welcomed her Bardot in London.

August – Zephyr/ Fritzi Francesca

Julia Bradbury broke my father’s heart when she announced her pregnancy last year, and won mine when she chose Zephyr for her son. I’ve never seen people give much love to the name Zephyr, so was beyond thrilled to see the lady who inspired my father to make us trek in Wales during winter use him.

As for the female name, we’re back to alliteration. As a Brit, Fritzi could probably never work as she’s likely a tad too close to Fritz for the liking of the elder generation. Fritzi is the daughter of Dutch actor Koert-Jan de Bruijn and sister to Keetje Sofia. Whilst the pattern of using a name rather more established in the English-speaking world is maintained (should that have been intentional), I think Fritzi is certainly more accessible to we English speakers than Keetje is.

September – Sid/Delphine Malou

Sid is the fourth child of Mary McCartney, thus yet another grandchild for Sir Paul. Last year Mary’s sister, Stella, welcomed her fourth child – a daughter named Reiley. Same parents, but two completely different choices for each respective fourth child (of course, not forgetting the effect their respective spouses may have had in the name selection process).

I was surprised by the choice of Delphine Malou because, looking at the name, you’d presume her parents to be French. You’d presume wrong, too. Her famous mother, Sarah Connor, is German, whilst her half-siblings are called Tyler and Summer – so this really was completely out of the blue choice of name for me. It was, however, a lovely surprise at the same time.

October – Lex/Teddy Mouna

We’re in the continent once again to talk about little Lex, son of Belgian singer Raf van Brussel. He has two sisters named Sam and Lucca. Alex is certainly very popular, but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen the name Lex used. He’s certainly a quirky alternative nickname for Alexander if nothing else.

Dutch radio host Ruud de Wild is responsable for once more flying the flag of The Netherlands. He chose the name Teddy for his newborn daughter, which was a surprise to me given that she is welcomed by a sister (albeit a half-sister) named Toy. Yes, it the land of the Netherlands the main language is Dutch but most do speak English to a relatively good standard. However, just think how odd a sibset of Reverie and Papillon may seem to the French and I’m willing to accept the cuteness of this. Teddy also has a brother named Johnny.

November – Ace Billy/ Lourdes (Ethel Mary)

With Ace Billy, it’s another case of hold-the-phone – didn’t you give your pre-existing child a name of an entirely different style? He’s the son of Matt and Emma Willis, both reasonably well-known, each in their own right, here in Britain. When Ace came along, they were already parents to the rather more, say, classically named Isabelle Catherine.

The case is the same with Lourdes, chosen by football star Steven Gerrard. His two pre-existing daughters are called Lilly and Lexie, so I was well-prepared for them to use either Lacey or maybe Lucy as the name for the newest member of the clan given that they, too, are in the England&Wales Top 100. That makes Lourdes a rather more unusual choice, especially given their track record.

Ethel gets an honourable mention since her mother Lily Allen has yet to formerly confirm her name, even if her mother has rather let the cat out of the bag. I think if you step back and look at her, Ethel does have her merits. The -el ending can be found on many popular names of today, such as Isabel and Annabel, so really we should be asking ourselves: why was Lily Allen the first to think of resurrecting Ethel?

December – Beaux/ Emilia Lovely

Our final month lets us make one last mention of Beau. We’ve already mentioned both him and sister Belle already in this post but Beau-with-an-x is new. Many parents are embracing the letter x of late, and so this should only feel like a natural progression. Beaux was chosen by one half of 2 Shoes, Charley Bird; the duo competed in 2011’s series of The X Factor.

Our last baby to mention is little Emilia Lovely, who earns her place here for her middle name. Lovely? Why not? We’ve already embraced Grace, Faith and Hope in the masses for middle name fodder, it was only time before other virtue words were given a chance.

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Alternative Long Forms for Abby

Sabine Schmitz, from richardf1.com

I had originally planned to publish an Alternative Long Forms for Lou post for today, as a part of tomorrows Birthday celebrations. I decided against it following Abby’s post on Getting to Lulu earlier on this month. So, we’re turning the tables to instead look at ways to get to Abby, because you can never have too many 🙂

Alberta/Albertine

Every year I receive a Christma card from family friends Pat and Albert – and I’ve heard a rumour that my Grandad has an Uncle Albert. Rumour? Yes, my Grandad rarely speaks about his family but if I do remember correctly it seems everyone used to call him Bob.

Is the name Alberta hopelessly out-of-fashion? Most would say yes, but some are charmed by this quality. The name does possess a rather lovely meaning, however. It comes from the Germanic name Adalbert, composed of two Germanic elements:

  • adal, meaning noble
  • beraht, meaning bright

Annabel et al

The name Annabelle entered the England&Wales Top 100 for 2010, which at the time I speculated to myself about whether that had anything to do with the recently rebooted St. Trinians film series.

The name Annabel is a variant of Amabel, which means lovable in Latin. It’s from these sources that we also get the name Mabel, which could also lead nicely to the nickname Abby.

Christabel

One part Christina, one part Annabel. Infact, the name is actually just a slight variant of the name Christina. It’s not a new coinage, however, as way back  in 1800 Samuel Coleridge published a poem entitled Christabel.

Isabeau

An old variation of Isabel which has fallen mostly out of use of late. One could suppose that Isabella et al also apply here, and either way both are simply international forms of the name Elizabeth, which means my God is my oath.

Mirabelle

Comes from the Latin word mirabilis, which means wonderful. It is also the French word for plum.

Sabine

You may or may not be aware of Sabine Schmidz, a German motor racing driver. She’s been accredited with the title of Queen of the Nurburgring – which is a motor racing track in Germany and now co-presents the German car show D Motor.

Sabine is the French and German form of the name Sabina. In days gone by, the Sabines were an ancient people who lived in central Italy until their land was taken over by the Romans following years of conflict. According to legend, the Romans abducted several Sabine women during a raid, and when the men came to rescue them, the women were able to make peace between the two groups.

Sabrina

Most will link this name to the original Welsh name of the River Severn: Habren. It was also the name of the Princess who was drowned in the Severn, and thus supposedly the river is named in her honour – but it is much more likely that her name came from the river, not the other way around.

Tabitha

We started on a name which suffers from being too associated with the elder generation, and we finish with a name that is beginning to shake off those associations. The name Tabitha was chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker for the name of one of her twin girls – the other being named Marion Loretta. The name Tabitha means gazelle in Aramaic- not so clunky looking now is it!

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Weekend Post: 10 Best -O Names that aren’t really -O Names

from thesharkguys.com

I love writing lists, and namers nowdays love the -o names, such as Ivo and Cosmo etc. etc. But do we love the letter or the sound? It’s time for a list, ten -o names, that aren’t really -o names:

1. Isabeau.

Isabella’s unknown sister, who has historical use as the name of a Queen consort of French King Charles VI (Isabeau de Bavière), amongst other things. Beau is the masculine form of beautiful in the French language, and I remember meeting the sister of a male Isabeau in my travels.

2. Margot/Margaux.

The name of the fussy busybody in The Good Life, the sitcom is now old enough to not pose teasing issues in the payground. The french spelling gives a certain sophisticated edge, if that’s what you’re looking for, and I’m sure there are still some people who would sound the t of Margot, either way, I’ve always prefered Margot to Margaret, the latter of which means pearl, the former a shorter version of the latter.

3. Roscoe.

I love this name, but he’s yet to make it as a big-shot first name like Jackson et al. Of Old Norse and Old Germanic origins, he means deer wood. There’s a place called Roscoe up in Northern England. The best known Roscoe that comes to mind is the tennis player, Roscoe Tanner.

4. Winslow.

Apparently, it”s mostly used for girls, but I can’t shake this name of my mind as a male one. Of Old English origins, the name means friend’s hill, and there’s also the painter, Winslow Homer.

5. Monroe/Munroe.

Personally, I prefer the Munro spelling, but then it wouldn’t qualify for this list. The surname of Miss Marilyn Monroe, it derives from Gaelic, and means the mouth of the Roe (a river).

6. Crow.

I hesitated over putting this name on the list, eventually it made it here because hey, it’s a free world. This has been on my guilty pleasures list for a couple of years, and it’s unlikely to ever actually make it onto a birth certificate, but it is a nice nature name option, if you’re bored of Lily et al.

7. Rue.

The French word for road, although if you don’t live in a francophone country, it may not be a problem. I like that this name acts as an alternative to the popular middle names such as Rain and Rae. Pronounced much like Roo, as in the character from Winnie the Pooh.

8. Finlow.

I know a Finlow, and can’t help but view it as a nice alternative to other Fin- names, such as Finley or Finnegan, which my friend tells me was exactly what his parents intended. The nearest names I can find is Philo, of Greek origin, meaning love.

9. Eleanoe.

A name in my own family tree, I can’t help but be thrilled by it more than Eleanor.  I’ve never found much on the name, so have always put it down as a variant spelling of Eleanor – the Alyvia of its time. Nowadays, much like them days, it’s likely to be constantly mistaken as Eleanor, although I will say that every Eleanor I know is an Ellie, so she always has that nickname option once the mistakes become tiring.

10. Shiloh.

Male or Female? Gender diputes aside, this name has a relaxed feel to it, and that appeals to the Type B in me. Of Hebrew origins, meaning his gift, or tranquil/peace. In the Old Testament, the name was used to refer to a person, understood to be the Messiah, according to certain translations.

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