Monday, August 27

Sonoma Bunch

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! 
Phoebe & Finn 

Ottilie paints on the deck

Monday, August 13

2012 Olympic Names: Round 3

The Olympics may be over, but the list of Olympic names has a lot more to give. Check out these beauties — 

Aldemir (Brazil)
Briken (Albania) 
Chika (Nigeria) 
Custio (Canada)  
Deni (Indonesia)
Detelin (Bulgaria)
Everton (Brazil)
Freedom (South Africa) 
Hersony (Venezuela
Johnno (Australia)
Liviu (Romania)
Muller (Gabon)
Rok (Slovenia)
Roxroy (Jamaica) 
Saliou (Senegal) 
Seba (Switzerland)
Teshome (Ethiopia)
Teun (Netherlands)
Winder (Dominican Republic)
Zelin (China)
Zurabi (Georgia)

Azenaide (Angola) 
Bethania (Dominican Republic)
Blandine (France)
Chauzje (Zambia) 
Dailis (Cuba) 
Diletta (Italy) 
Dirkie (South Africa)
Jolien (Belgium)
Kissya (Brazil)
Liesbet (Belgium)
Linouse (Haiti)
Mavzuna (Tajikistan)
Merel (Netherlands)
Onix (Cuba)
Pietie (South Africa)
Rushmi (India) 
Saruba (Gambia)
Sulette (South Africa)
Swin (USA) 
Sytske (Netherlands)
Talitiga (Samoa)
Tandara (Brazil) 
Tassia (Brazil)
Tejitu (Bahrain)
Zamandosi (South Africa) 

Thursday, August 2

2012 Olympic Names: Round 2

More Olympic names! More, I say! Which of these get a gold medal?

Bence (Hungary) 
Beni (Burundi) — cute little Ben- variants, these 2
Caio (Brazil)  
Cedric (France) — why isn't Cedric more popular in the US?  
Chatchai (Thailand
Edvald (Norway)
Ek (Thailand) — hard to find an appealing 2-letter name, but I really like Ek. It's fun to say. Ek ek ek ek
Grega (Slovenia) 
Ibrahima (Senegal) 
Juozas (Lithuania)
Keerati (Thailand)
Liemarvin (Independent Olympic athlete)
Linus (Germany) — his surname is Butt. That's funny 
Lorys (France)
Onan (Spain)
Renan (Belarus)
Shea (USA)
Tariku (Ethiopia) 
Vullnet (Switzerland)
Yowlys (Cuba) — between Lorys and Yowlys, I'm feeling the "-ys" ending for a boy

Almensh (Belgium) 
Amina (Sudan) 
Anahit (Armenia) 
Ancuta (Romania) 
Anqi (China)
Aude (France)
Beata (Poland)
Bebey (Cameroon)
Carina (Germany) 
Caterin (Chile)
Clemence (France) 
Cleopatra (Trinidad & Tobago)
Coralie (France) 
Dailin (Cuba)
Dotsie (USA) — cutesie 
Fanny (France)
Fionnuala (Ireland) 
Iga (Poland) 
Ioulietta (Greece) — love the look of this Juliet variant 
Kaltoum (Morocco)
Laurence (France) 
Madonna (Australia)
Matelita (Fiji) — pretty
Monia (Italy)
Neide (Angola) 
Oiana (Spain)
Olia (Australia) 
Paule (France)
Pernille (Denmark)  — Pernille's really growing on me
Rushlee (New Zealand) 
Sinivie (Nigeria)
Sona (Czech Republic)
Spela (Slovenia)
Talita (Jordan)
Tanoh (Côte d'Ivoire) 
Tine (Denmark)
Ursa (Slovenia) 
Willemijn (Netherlands)