Freshly back from a quick August trip to Sonoma, I've got a good bunch of overheard names — Ottilie and I spent our mornings at the playground in the town square, and most of these were spotted there. It's funny, the difference between overheard names in Los Angeles and Sonoma really speaks to the differences of the two places. One's a city, one's a small-town, one's consumed by trends, with a razor-sharp focus on presentation, and the other's laid-back, influenced only by that particular gorgeous, comfy northern California brand of nature.
Hope you enjoy these Sonoma-finds —
Briar — what a sweet, underused choice. It was so refreshing to hear this one. From the name of the thorny plant, it's also, technically, a princess name, belonging to Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty. I can see it working just as well on a boy. This Briar had a pair of little twin sisters whose names I, unfortunately, didn't overhear. (I think one might have been Caroline, though.)
Greta — perhaps my favorite Margaret-diminutive, Greta shares its lovely meaning: "pearl"
Greylin — I thought this girl's name was some spelling of Braelyn, but luckily another parent asked her to spell it for him, so I learned that it was actually Grey, not Brae, which I'd count as a fortunate change. Reminds me a bit of Greyling, which could make a cool, unexpected middle
Ivy — another name inspired by the Sonoma landscape? Ivy is one of the few nature names that can sound totally sophisticated in the right combo
Season — I heard this one about a thousand times, as the mom kept calling her daughter by her full first & middle names (she must be proud of her choice!) I thought using Season was so unusual that her middle name (Marie) seemed lackluster by comparison
Violet — on an older girl, maybe around 10, with heavily-tattooed young Goth-ish parents. She wore it well
Gus — wish I knew if this was short for August, or a standalone. Or, even better, for Augustus or Angus
Truman — loved hearing this one on a little blond boy, such a big, yet workable, name, and one of the fresher-sounding US-president choices
Wilder — this one seemed very LA to me, but hearing it in Sonoma made it less try-hardy
Zeke — a sweet Australian kid whose grandmother kept calling him Zekey
And a couple sibling sets I managed to catch —
Mattea & Oliver
Juliette & Fiona — there were 2 more girls whose names I didn't catch. I can think of a few fitting posibilities. Perhaps Genevieve or Catriona?
Greta, Vivian & Ruby — with each name in this set, I swooned harder and harder. I think Ruby was the oldest, then Vivian, then Greta. I was shocked to hear Greta twice!