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Halloween

 

Costume Quest, screengrab by me

Halloween has never been my favourite time of the year since I’ve always had a preference for Bonfire Night which happens a few days later here in the UK. However, new blog attempt, new postive outlook and all that.

I was originally going to do a list of sorts of names associated with Halloween, but not being a celebration that I really celebrate I found myself struggling. Such a great topic to start back with really!

In the end, I’m sticking with a pair of names that I know I can really talk about.

Wren and Reynold.

From just looking at the names, I doubt that it’s obvious what these names have to do with Halloween.

My mind does work in mysterious ways, I acknowledge that – but I promise you this isn’t that out-there in thinking.

One of my recent favourite games to play is Costume Quest – which just so happens to take place on Halloween. Fraternal twins Wren and Reynold have just moved to a new area, and are sent out to trick or treat by their mother, but they’re not thrilled about it. Right at the start your first decision is which twin to ‘put in charge’, or rather, play as. You get kitted out in a less than impressive robot costume whilst your twin gets a rocket outfit (or what I originally took to be a rocket, research tells me it’s supposed to be a candy corn) looks even worse. In fact, it’s so bad that the monster you interrupt from his candy-raid at the first house you go to thinks your twin is also candy and kidnaps them.

Bummer.

Since you were put in charge, you now have to go on trick or treating around the neighbourhood alone and attempt to get your twin back and home before curfew.

Long time readers may remember that historically I’m not a fan of Wren due to the character from Mortal Engines. However, in combination with Reynold it makes me smile. I used to be the kind of person that wasn’t so impressed by matchy twin names. Maybe I’ve softened in my old age, or maybe it’s because separate they’re actually two completely different names.

Reynold comes from Germanic origins of ragin, meaning ‘counsel’ and wald, meaning ‘rule’, whereas Wren is a bird name.

In terms of actual usage, the name Reynold is not hugely popular, in fact, less than 3 boys born in England & Wales in 2016 were given the name. It’s not as popular as related name Reginald (rank #296), or even Reginald’s nickname Reggie (rank #55).

As for Wren, the name ranks for both boys (#1363) and girls (#334), making it the more popular of the two names.

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4-Letter, 1-Syllable Word Names

from flickr.com

A rather specific title, but there’s a reason for that. I noted down a few names a few days ago, and they all complied to these specific criteria. Odd, huh? A post about these types of names was therefore necessary, because one mustn’t dismiss such a coincidence.

In truth, the original post was going to look at many, many of them, but there are hundreds to consider. So instead we’re turning this into a Top 10 post, consisting of mainly names that captured my imagination and interest. The only main filter I used was omitted potentials which had less-than-lovely meanings, since they’re more obvious when using English words as names, than say, using a name derived from Latin, such as Claude which means crippled. The definitions used are courtesy of my long-suffering Cambridge Dictionary. That, and the original list was heavily biased in favour of female names, so Soul and Bell ended up on missing out in favour of names not necessarily masculine, but more in the way of unisex-ness (#5&#9).

1. Lace

a decorative cloth which is made by weaving thin thread in delicate patterns with holes in them

2. True

(especially of facts or statements) right and not wrong; correct

3. Wren

a very small, brown bird

4. Dove

a white or grey bird, often used as a symbol of peace

5. Jazz

a type of modern music with a rhythm in which the strong notes are usually not on the beat and which is usually improvised

6. Plum

a small round fruit with a thin smooth red, purple or yellow skin, sweet soft flesh, and a single large hard seed

7. Arch

a structure consisting of a curved top on two supports, which holds the weight of something above it

something that has the shape of this structure, often used for decoration

the raised curve on the bottom of your foot

8. Glow

to produce a continuous light and sometimes heat

 
to look attractive because you are happy or healthy, especially with eyes that are shining

9. Sage

wise, especially as a result of great experience

10. Maze

a complicated system of paths or passages which people try to find their way through for entertainment

an area in which you can get easily lost because there are so many similar streets or passages

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Names From Children’s Literature

The Gruffalo from a recent animation of the book, from guim.co.uk

As a kid, I read in most of my free moments. Nowadays, I haven’t properly sat down with a book for nearly a year now. I remember as a child being worried about the local library moving me to the adult’s library when I turned 14 and thus preventing me from taking out books I wanted to read. Of late, our library has added a teen fiction section to their adult section of their library; it’s a tiny cubbyhole, though. Given yesterday’s post, I seem to be getting a kick out of kid’s fiction at the moment so you never know, may go and implusively buy a book tommorow.

Whilst I may not be particularly interested in reading much anymore, there are several names I first came across in the world of make-believe:

Axel (The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson)

The Gruffalo is a modern classic, and whilst Axel Schiffer didn’t author the book, he did illustrate it. I find The Gruffalo an endearing tale, which seems to rub off on the name Axel. Some may accuse him of being in the same clase as Gunner and Cannon, but I find him charming enough. Far from deriving from a vital part of a car, Axel comes from the Biblical name Absalom which means my father is peace. A key wearer of the name who no doubt influenced the tough guy image of the name is Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, who was born a William. In 2010, 43 little Axels were born in England&Wales giving the name a ranking of #706.

Briar&Lark (Circle of Magic, Tamora Pierce)

There’s a very interesting point to make with these names, and that is that Briar is a male character who chose the name for himself. He wanted a nature name, but nothing too feminine. Since this was the first time I really met the name Briar, I mostly think of him as a male name. Yes, there is Sleeping Beauty, who was known as Briar Rose but I never really watched that particular Disney Classic as a child. Incidently, Briar’s chosen surname was Moss. I’m probably one of the few to see Briar as male, since he does not rank as a male name in England&Wales; however, on the female list, Briar ranked at #5707 with only 3 girls given the name – with a further 5 named Briar-Rose.

Lark was female, and I’m still not wholly won over by the name since I use lark in a verb sense on a fairly regular basis as slang for joke. In terms of popularity, she was also given to 3 girls born in England&Wales in 2010.

Clarice (Clarice Bean, Lauren Child)

Clarice is the third child in a rather interestingly named sibset: Marcie, Kurt, Clarice and Minal Cricket. If you recognise the name of the author, Lauren Child is also the lady behind Charlie&Lola. Both books are aimed at the under 9s market. The name Clarice is part of the Claire family of names, which come from Latin and mean light. In 2010, there were 9 girls named Clarice in England&Wales in 2010.

Keturah ‘Ketty’ (Medusa Project, Sophie McKenzie)

Ketty is only ever called Ketty during the novel – after reading the book I took to the internet to find out what exactly Ketty was short for, if it were short for anything at all. Whilst reading the book, I had my bets penned on Katherine, which seemed the most likely given one can derive Kitty from Katherine – so why not Ketty? On the website for the books it is revealed that Ketty is, infact, a Keturah. She has a brother named Lex, which is short for Alexander.

The name Keturah is of Biblical origins and means incense, with only 3 girls given the name in 2010 in England&Wales.

Persephone ‘Sephy’ (Noughts&Crosses, Malorie Blackman)

Perhaps the most controversial book on this list, I actually won a signed copy of this a few years ago. It deals with the topic of racism, but the situation is flipped, thus those with dark skin (Crosses) have higher social status than those with white skin (Noughts). Sephy was of the former group and the daughter of a wealthy politician. I’ll be honest, I accidently read the third book first, then went back to the third and that’s about as far as I got with this particular series of books.

Persephone was given to 7 girls born in England&Wales in 2010. Most people first come across this name in Greek mythology, where she was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was abducted by Hades, and eventually allowed to return to the surface from the underworld for a period of time each year.

Rosen (We’re going on a bear hunt, Michael Rosen)

I was read this book constantly as a child, and after the first time prompty renamed ones of my toys with the name Rosen. There are plenty of Rose-themed names out there, and aptly Bree has recently covered a selection of them, whilst only today has Abby gone in depth with Rosamund. In terms of Rosen, I see the name as somewhat unisex – kind of like Rowan is. Rosen also happens to be the German words for roses – kind of reminds me also of the German word for ruby: Rubin; looks an awful lot like Reuben, doesn’t he?

Wren&Hester (Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve)

Hester is the mother of Wren. I actually hated the character of Wren – so initially cared not for the name; I did really like Hester, though, and thus like her name. Nowadays I do like Wren to an extent, but probably more for a lad since the character did somewhat tarnish the name as a female one for me. The name Hester is a variation of the name Esther.

The names totted up as such in the popularity stakes in England&Wales in 2010:

  Rank Births
Wren (b) #2941 6
Wren (g) #2589 9
Hester #1815 15
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As Popular As…

You know that joyful feeling when you find one of your favourite names right down near the bottom of the popularity list, which is popped hen you realise that it’s as popular as, well, a name you may not like as much? I’ve had that a lot recently:

Two of my favourite names, Clementine and Luna, share the ranking of #565, with Mylee, Billie, Jaya, Selina and Laaibah.

Cosmo is below the 1000, with only 24 births, alongside Issa and Ryder.

Wren and Sunny are also under the 1000 mark, with 17 births apiece, alongside Leni, Roxi, Beca, Chelsy, Ellymay and Lacey-Mai.

Rupert had 106 uses, as did Yuvraj and Deacon.

Phineas and Prosper had 5 apiece, as did Muizz, Nixon, Promise, Ramsay and Reily.

Juniper had 8 uses, as did Guste, Kodi and Romie.

Flora had 104 uses, as did Trinity.

Indie had 43 uses, as did Kaydee, Mercy and Mikayla.

Rosalind had 30 uses, as did Mazie, Cindy, Gurleen and Cienna.

Saskia had 94 uses, as did Bailey and Safiya.

On the male side, Rowan shares the #155 spot with Kenzie, and a female Rowan has 81 uses, alongside Alannah and Martyna.

Alistair is as popular as Rayhan, both with 100 uses each, respectively.

Cassius is as popular as Ilyas, each with 72 uses, respectively.

Gideon had 39 uses, as did Kajus, Nojus and Ronny.

Alec had 66 uses, as did Abbas and Shayan.


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Sibset of the Week: The Hales

Calamity Jack, written together by this weeks parents, from lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com

This week’s sibset is from authors, Shannon and Dean Hale, and unlike last week’s sibset, this one doesn’t originate in South England. These come from Salt Lake City, Utah. Miles apart, but I think they could be cousins:

Max

Magnolia Jane

Wren

Dinah

My heart can hardly control itself, Magnolia Jane?! Love. Love. Love. Wren and Dinah are twins.

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