|illustration by Benjamin Rabier, via janwillemsen on Flickr|
I'll miss doing these posts. They've been the source of quite a few new additions to my own favorites list, but what's more, they've taught me a lot about Dutch naming sensibilities — about what they really like in a name. (Who knew another country could love the "-ayden" sound as much as the US?) I've found the lists to be quite playful, full of alternate spellings, unusual variants, pop culture influences, plenty of influences from other cultures (eastern Europe and the middle east especially) and mind-bendingly on-trend — or way ahead of it. It's one of the more interesting and eclectic lists I've had the pleasure of perusing.
Here are the last odds & ends — names that were used just 4 or 5 times in the Netherlands in 2011. Enjoy!
Annique — a mixture of Annika/Unique, perhaps
Asude — this is Turkish, I think. Anyone know what it means?
Davita — the Italian phrase "da vita" means "of life," kinda nice
Fabiën — I've liked Fabien for a girl since first hearing it in Pulp Fiction ("I want a pot," anyone?") but never cared for the uber-feminine "-enne" ending. Why not just use this!
Luke — hmm, sort of surprised I haven't seen this one used on a girl yet
Marilou — so retro adorable
Sundus — an Arabic name referring to "soft silk wrought with gold or silver"
Yzze — makes me think of this drink
Fabe — "no no, not Gabe. It's Fabe."
Florentijn — love the "-tijn" ending for boy names, too
Goof — no kidding
Lucenzo — Luca + Lorenzo? I actually like it
Nobel — aspirational naming, can't argue with that
Santi — sweet
Sunny — Sunny for a boy, Luke for a girl, why not?
Wick — seems great for a character in a YA novel or something