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Scrabble Names

The names of the eldest 4 kids of the Dutch couple

It may have been a few weeks since news broke about the Dutch couple with five kids, who all have four-letter names using the same four letters (Alex, Lexa, Axel, Xela & Xael), but it continues to remain at the forefront of my mind.

That said, it can get a little forced with an increased number of children. Below is just a selection of attempts at the conundrum by myself and those over at Formspring, with some combinations seeming to work better than others:

  • Aidan: Nadia, Diana, Adian, Andia
  • Alice: Celia, Lacie
  • Amy: Mya, May
  • Dolly: Lloyd, Dyoll, Doyll
  • Eden: Dene, Ened, Nede, Need, Ende, Edne
  • Enzo: Zeno, Nezo, Ezon, Onez
  • Inez: Nezi, Enzi
  • Jonah: Onjah, Johan, Johna
  • Leah: Hale, Aleh, Elah, Hael
  • Leia: Alie, Ilea
  • Lena: Nela, Lane
  • Leon: Elon, Noel, Nelo
  • Leona: Elona, Enola, Laneo, Noela, Neola
  • Lia: Ali, Lai, Ila
  • Lucas: Claus, Lacus, Calus, Culas
  • Lyra: Aryl, Lary, Raly, Alry, Ryla
  • Mabel: Belma, Ambel, Embla, Melba
  • Milo: Lomi, Moil, Ilmo, Moli, Imli
  • Myra: Mary, Ramy, Amry
  • Ria: Ira, Rai, Ari, Air
  • Vera: Reva, Raev
  • Zane: Neza, Ezna, Anez, Azne

Anyone have any further contributions?

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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 ūüôā

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: #oldpeoplesnames

Famed comedians Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe, from dailymail.co.uk

#oldpeoplesnames was¬†one of the top trends topics¬†on Twitter when¬†I woke up to this morning, and scrolling through all the suggestions really did make for fascinating reading –¬†I had to stop myself from retweeting every suggestion. I do truly remain interested in the perspective non-name-enthusiasts have on names, because it’s an indication of the general feeling towards said name. How these thoughts line up with ours is an intriguing indication on what names could start to emerge as popular.

One of the most popular name mentioned was Gertrude, which I can completely understand. Nameberry place her on their Names no girl may be cool enough for list along with Bertha and Eunice – two other names mentioned by the good people of Twitter. It is worth noting, though, that quite a few names put forward by them are in the 2010 England&Wales Top 100:

Adam, Alexandra, Alice, Anna, Arthur, Benjamin, Bobby, Charles, Edward, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Evelyn, Florence, Frederick, George, Georgia, Grace, Gracie, Harriet, Henry, Jacob, John, Maria, Martha, Molly, Robert, Rose, Ruby, Stanley, William

That’s 30 out of a possible 200 names, but there are other names which are in the current Top 100, but were also in the Top 100 between 1904 and 1934 are that the good people of Twitter failed to mention:

Alexander, Benjamin, Daniel, David, Evan, Jack, James, Joseph, Lewis, Louis, Matthew, Michael, Oliver, Owen, Samuel, Thomas

Amelia, Amy, Charlotte, Daisy, Eliza, Elizabeth, Ella, Emily, Emma, Eva, Hannah, Isabella, Lily, Lucy, Sarah

Admittedly, one could call the above list of name ‘core classics’, especially in terms of the slightly longer male list. Either way, all of the following names were classed by the people of Twitter as names of the elderly, and there’s no doubt that there are some true gems amongst the names, so see if you can spot them:

Abe, Albert, Albus, Alfred, Amos, Archibald, Barry, Bartholomew, Bert, Bob, Boniface, Carl, Cecil, Cedric, Clarence, Claude, Clifford, Constantine, Cornelius, Cuthbert, Cyril, Darryl, Derek, Donald, Ebenezer, Elias, Engelbert, Eric, Ernest, Ernie, Eugene, Ezekiel, Frank, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gilbert, Godfrey, Harold, Horace, Horatio, Howard, Hubert, Humphrey, Iain, Ian, Jasper, Jeffrey, Jim, Lawrence, Lee, Leonard, Les, Luther, Marmaduke, Marshall, Maurice, Norman, Paddy, Percival, Percy, Peter, Phillip, Ralph, Raymond, Reg, Reginald, Roger, Rolf, Ronald, Ronnie, Rosco, Roy, Rupert, Seymour, Shelton, Sidney, Theodore, Trevor, Vern, Wallace, Walter, Warwick, Wayne, Wesley, Wilfred, Winslow, Winston, Wolfgang.

Ada, Agatha, Agnes, Ariadne, Audrey, Barbara, Beatrice, Betsy, Bernadette, Bernice, Berryl, Bertha, Bessie, Betty, Blanche, Brenda, Claudine, Dierdre, Dinah, Delphine, Doreen, Doris, Dot, Edith, Edna, Eileen, Elsie, Enid, Esmeralda, Esther, Ethel, Eunice, Eve, Flo, Frances, Georgina, Geraldine, Gertie, Gertrude, Gladys, Gloria, Hattie, Heddie, Helen, Hester, Hilda, Hyacinth, Irene, Iris, Ivy, Janet, Janice, Jeanette, Jemima, Joan, Josephine, Joyce, Judith, Kathleen, Kay, Lillian, Loretta, Louise, Lucille, Mabel, Maggie, Margaret, Margery, Margo, Mary, Maud, Maude, Maureen, Mavis, Meredith, Mildred, Minerva, Miriam, Muriel, Myrtle, Nadine, Nellie, Noris, Odessa, Odette, Olive, Pamela, Pat, Patricia, Pauline, Pearl, Peggy, Penny, Petunia, Phyllis, Prudence, Rita, Rosalie, Ruth, Saloma, Sheila, Shirley, Silvia, Sue, Stella, Tess, Thelma, Val, Victoria, Virginia, Wanda, Wilhemina, Wilma, Winifred.

Whilst I personally wouldn’t consider using all of those names, I know that I have a soft spot for such names as Winston, Loretta, Trevor and Judith. One of the suggestions which really perplexes me is Winslow, which I’ve never seen used, but have seen people get uncomfortable about the suggestion of using Winslow as a female name. Either way, the lists are a mix of nicknames and much longer names¬†– rather like the Top 100 of today with it’s Maisie and Annabelle; Sam and Harrison.

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Sibset of the Week: The Amroliwalas

Today’s father outside 10 Downing Street, from tvnewsroom.co.uk

The BBC News channel is my go-to channel for when I’m in the sitting room on my own, especially when I’m busy doing something else as it’s something one can tune in and out of. I am a huge supporter of the BBC in general, not least because they don’t screen adverts as they’re supported by the licence fee, which you are obliged to pay if you own a TV. This means programs run as intended, rather than being interupted every 10 minutes or so, to the point of ridiculous you get with X Factor nowadays.

Matthew Amroliwala works as a reporter/anchor for the BBC, and has four delightfully-named children:

Milo

Mabel

Mary

Louis

Isn’t is startlingly refreshing to see a young ‘un wear the name Mary? Infact, this sibset does have a whiff of days gone by to it, although both Mabel and Milo are rising in popularity, whilst Louis is already there.

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