Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baby Face Tuesday: James, William, Elise, and Zachary

Hello readers! This Baby Face Tuesday is featuring four siblings with very sweet, classic names.
Rather than tell you their name stories though, I want to copy and paste the link to their mama's blog here, so you all can go check it out. Her blog is adorable, and amusing!
So here are the name stories of her sweet kiddos: http://letterstoauntkay.blogspot.com/2014/08/baby-name-stories-our-kids.html
And here are pictures of James, William, Elise, and Zachary. Just to give you guys a little preview. A big thank you to their mama, a fellow blogger, for letting me feature her babes!

James Daniel

William Joseph


Elise Marie


Zachary Allen

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Word middle names: My very favorite thing ever.

I LOVE word names. I reeeeallllly love them when they are in the middle spot.
The middle name is so versatile. I see the middle name as a chance to use a name that you wouldn't be brave enough to use as the first. And what's more daring than a word in the middle?
Let me just start off with some celebrities that like the wordy-middles too:
Jack Lion-- Son of Amy Lee
Elsie Marigold-- Daughter of Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans
Maxwell Haze-- Son of Kevin Richardson
Ava Berlin-- Daughter of Jeremy Renner
Breeze Beretta-- Daughter of Levi Johnston
Penelope Scotland-- Daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Bastian Kick-- Son of Jeremy Sisto
Julian Fuego-- Son of Robin Thicke
And of course, Nicole Richie's two children, Harlow Winter Kate, and Sparrow James Midnight, of whom you should know by now, if you're an avid follower of the blog ,that I'm a huge fan of Nicole's naming skills.

(I got these celebrity names from Nameberry, if you wanna check it out there!)

These middles are words with various meanings; Some are places, actions, and things in nature. One is even a gun brand! (I'm looking at you Breeze Beretta.)
These words take more common names (Like Jack, and Ava) and spice them up. They also take already off-the-wall choices (Like Breeze and Bastian) and make them even more interesting.
Current word middles I'm crushing on:
Fable-- I think I love it so much because it's a mixture of the sounds of Faye and Mabel, so it feels vintage to me, actually.
Sage-- I'll always adore Sage, for either gender. I would even use it (most likely for a boy) in the first spot, potentially.
West-- I've paired this one with Jedidiah in my "Current Name Crushes" box over there ----->
Lark-- A bird name that feels very innocent and fresh.
Island-- This is one of my less-popular name loves on Nameberry, I think :P The way I'm thinking, Island is a mixture of Ryland and Isla. And it gives me relaxing, tropical vibes. I'd pair it with Gemma, personally.
Rome-- This is one I like for a boy. It's got strong history behind it, and feels like a very sturdy name. I like the spelling Roam, which changes it to a verb. Same name, very different feels.
Atlas-- Looooove Atlas for a little boy.
Cruz-- It's the Spanish word for Cross, and it seems like it's getting trendier.
Poppy-- I can't be sold on this one. But I think it would work really nice in the middle spot with a classic first name. Evelyn Poppy, maybe?
Dove-- I've actually seen this in a recent birth announcement, though I can't remember what the first name was. Dove could be equally as popular as Wren in the middle, I think.
Valor-- This name is just, quite literally, brave. Emile Hirsch recently used it for his baby boy, but he actually used it as a first name. Go Emile!

I put these names in green, so that you can decide for yourself what gender you like these names for. Everyone has their own preferences. :)
Alright that's all for this Sunday! I didn't do a #selfiesunday because I've missed naming this week. :) Have a great week!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hallelujah! We're back! Some quick names before we start the week fresh.

Oh how I missed this blog. Sigh. It feels so great to have internet at the house again. It took us a week, but we finally got it!
Just to let everyone know, I'm planning on doing the Baby Face Tuesday post this upcoming Tuesday. We'll just pick up where we left off next week.
As for now, I'll go ahead and list out some names I'm loving. (Which is boring-ish but I'll get some themes going for next week!)
Adelie Wren-- Part Natalie, Part Adeline, and a little easier for Americans to pronounce than Amelie. (In my opinion.) I really like this spelling. Wren adds an earthy-ish vibe to this combo.
Hadley Emma-- If my boyfriend wasn't named Bradley, I'd totally use Hadley. Hadley Hemingway comes to mind when I think of this name.
Livvy Noelle-- If Libby can work on it's own, I say Livvy can too. Noelle is a gorgeous classic that I'll always love.
Coraline Maeve-- Starting liking Coraline again over my no-internet break. I actually don't like the name Cora, but I do love Coraline, because I've always loved the book. Maeve is a sweet touch to Coraline.
Fallon Arabelle-- This is just oozing girly-spunk.
Imogen Harper-- I would never use Imogen for myself, but I've grown to like it from seeing it on Nameberry all the time. Harper is a pretty sassy addition to the very British Imogen.
Juniper Isla-- Another name Nameberry made me love: Juniper. Again, I don't think I'd ever use it. But it's quite beautiful paired with Isla.

Ender Jude-- Ender is probably my name crush for the week. I have a feeling Ender is a temporary Name Love for me. Sure, this combo might be a little "d" heavy, but I like it anyway.
Stellan August-- Two wonderful, wonderful names paired together. What else can I say?
Charlie Orion-- Sweet, laid back Charlie paired with super-manly Orion. Loooove.
Abram Parker-- Abram feels very no-nonsense to me. And Parker feels like a playful name. I like the way these two balance each other. I suppose I just like balanced names in general!
Caius Rogue-- This one is for the more daring parents. Caius, I predict, will become slightly more popular thanks to Rachel Zoe. I love the "C" spelling so much. Rogue is a word name, obviously. Doesn't get much cooler than this.
Pierson Andrew-- Pierson is very unexpected. So I like it paired with something more classic, and Andrew is my pick for it.
Calder Rhys-- Calder means "rough waters" and I dunno, I just think it's way cool.

Okay that's it! Sorry guys, I'll be much more active next week :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I'm back [momentarily] with a naming-vengeance. (not really)

Okay so my internet is still down at my house, and I'm really starting to get aggravated with it. The new modem we need should be in today, so fingers crossed! 

That being said, I'm blogging on a different computer today. It's not much, but it's something, and I really needed to blog today because I miss naming!

Here are just some combos that I'm loving this week: 


Eisley Maven-- I'm a flip-flopper with Eisley [eyes-lee]. I used to like it, then I didn't, and now I'm back on an Eisley-kick. I really like it paired with Maven. Come to think of it... I pretty much like Maven paired with anything. :P This name would be a really cool way to honor my great-grandmother, Ila Mae.

Adelle Rhiannon-- These names are truly beautiful together, and individually. The onlllyyyy problem I see with these two names together is that they are similar to two very popular singers (Adele, and Rihanna.) The first association isn't too bad, but the second... Well, that association makes this name unusable for me. But, I would love to meet a child with this name.

Eloise Fable-- I LOVE word middle names. Love them. I want them for my children. Especially Fable. Why? Because it feels to me like a mixture of two beautiful vintage names, Faye, and Mabel. I think Fable with Eloise is so adorable, and whimsical. 

Lillian Bea-- I feel like this is the frilliest of my girl choices today. Lillian is timeless, and Bea is the name of Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy on the Golden Girls, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love Golden Girls.

Piper Amelie-- I love the ever-spunky Piper, with the softer, lesser-known Amelie. (Which is pronounced ah-muh-lee to those of you who have never come across this name.)

Ismay Olivia-- I prefer Ismay over Esme. Today, anyways. :) And Olivia is timless, giving Ismay a girlier-feel.


Rhett Jameson-- Rhett is super cool. Jameson is a less-used middle that flows great with Rhett.

Atlas Ryker-- Atlas is probably the king of cool names, in my opinion. Ryker is just the cherry on the cool-cake.

Sampson Jack-- I love the story of Sampson in the bible. If this makes sense, when I see these names together, I think of a flannel shirt and a worn out pair of Levis. It just feels... comfy. :)

Ira Dashiell-- Ira. Aghhhh I love Ira for a little boy. It's a shame it isn't used so much anymore for boys. Dashiell is a super charming name to go with the clunky-cool Ira. 

Grayer Levi-- I've loved Grayer ever since I watched the Nanny Diaries. Levi is an All-American boy kinda-name to me, and I love the two paired together. 

Lennox Canyon-- Now, going with my clothing imagery here, these names feel like a pair of Keens and shaggy little boy hair. This would totally fit a rough, playful, sweet boy. 

And that's it for today, guys. Sorry it wasn't all that much, but I'm hoping to get the Baby Face Feature done by this Friday. There are FOUR, yes FOUR siblings I'm featuring then, with very classic names. Talk to you guys soon!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Booooo for bad internet!

Sorry guys, my internet has been down and will be down until probably Wednesday. I hate that I won't be able to blog until then, but it is what it is. Thanks for being patient! Talk to you guys on Wednesday. :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Preppy girl names: Amelia, Celia, and more.

As I get older, I find myself becoming more and more preppy. I'm actually wearing a pair of Hunter boots right at this very second. :P I'm also finding myself more and more attracted to "preppy" names, whereas about a year ago I would have gagged at a lot of these names. (There I go over-exaggerating again.)
I define a "preppy" name as a name that I can simply see on a girl whose super smart, super girly, and really into fashion, and Starbucks. But also a girl that is social, loves to get involved, and sets high goals for herself. Soooo, that's who I have in mind when thinking of names that fit in this category:

Ainsley-- Surname names kind of give me a sense of family pride, even if they don't even come from a family name of the person who is wearing the name. So, I can imagine a prep-school girl with this name.

Blair-- Simple, and has a little extra spunk than the very sweet Claire.

Ivy-- Plain and simple, I think of Ivy League. Lol, is this connection too obvious? Probably.

Eleanor-- I think of the intelligent, prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt.

Lillian-- This is a little more polished than Lily, a little more grounded than Lilliana. I like how it's a compromise between the two.

Gemma-- Possibly my favorite from this list, because it has an air of prestige, yet has flavor to it.

Blakely-- Another surname-name that gives off the preppy vibe. I love the nickname Blake for a girl, but maybe not so much for a first name. I think it's pretty suitable for middle name territory, too.

Amelia-- Okay, I actually picture Mia Thermopolis in Princess Diaries in her plaid skirt riding her scooter to school. But this name is a classic with or without the movie. :)

Olivia/Liv-- This name is pretty versatile, but I see it as slighttttlllyyy preppy.

Hadley-- Another surname-y prep-possibility.

Madigan-- A fresh spin on Madison.

Reagan-- In memory of the president of basically the entire decade of the eighties.

Genevieve-- The extravagance of this French name gives it a very high class-kinda flare.

Brinkley-- And again... another surname name. (Sorry guys but I do have a thing for them.)

Celia-- Very pretty, and very proper. It also means "heavenly." How sweet is that?

Eloise-- I think of that rich little girl and her plaza from the books.

That's all I've got for this Thursday, folks. We're almost to Friday! Woop Woop. :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hipster names: A myth or nah?

Today on Nameberry, a user told me that two of the names in my signature were "Hipster Hell." which translates to "Sounding desperate."

Ummm... Ouch?

At first I was really disappointed in her, because I'd never come across a Nameberry user that was rude like that. Whenever someone asks for opinions on their names, I try to be honest, but still gentle because names can be super personal to people at times. But as I got to thinking... I realized something.

I don't believe in Hipster Names.
*I'll explain the crossing-out below

In my opinion, they are as real as Santa Claus. (Sorry to disappoint any believers out there, but it is what it is.) Why are they not real? Well... you can't gauge them. Mainly because a "hipster" is really hard to define. These are a couple of Urban Dictionary's ideas of what a hipster is:

"One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term "cool"; a Hipster would instead say "deck.") The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch anything held dear by the mainstream. A Hipster ideally possesses no more than 2% body fat."
"An unwashed and un-groomed person who hates corporations and everything mainstream, yet still buys Apple products."
"Listens to bands that you have never heard of. Has hairstyle that can only be described as "complicated." (Most likely achieved by a minimum of one week not washing it.) Probably tattooed. Maybe gay. Definitely cooler than you. Reads Black Book, Nylon, and the Styles section of the New York Times. Drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon. Often. Complains. Always denies being a hipster. Hates the word. Probably living off parents money - and spends a great deal of it to look like they don't have any. Has friends and/or self cut hair. Dyes it frequently (black, white-blonde, etc. and until scalp bleeds). Has a closet full of clothing but usually wears same three things OVER AND OVER (most likely very tight black pants, scarf, and ironic tee-shirt). Chips off nail polish artfully after $50 manicure. Sleeps with everyone and talks about it at great volume in crowded coffee shops. Addicted to coffee, cigarettes (Parliaments, Kamel Reds, Lucky Strikes, etc.), and possibly cocaine. Claims to be in a band. Rehearsals consist of choosing outfits for next show and drinking PBR. Always on the list. Majors or majored in art, writing, or queer studies. Name-drops. May go by "Penny Lane," "Eleanor Rigby," etc. when drunk. On PBR. Which is usually."

Okaaaay, those were hilarious and slightly politically incorrect, and all of those made me laugh out loud.

But seriously, isn't all of that just a tad bit harsh?

I looked up the list of "Hipster" names on Nameberry and other sites, and these names seemed to be the common denominator:


Okay, Okay, so the two names I love ARE defined as "hipster" (The names were Talullah Wren and Holden Jack.) But... is that, like, reallllly terrible?

It's not like either of these names are made up. Tallulah is an Irish name that means "lady of abundance" and Wren is obviously a bird. Holden is the name of a character from my favorite book, and the nickname Jack has been around for ages, plus it's currently on trend with all of the little Jacksons/Jaxons running around.

If you look at the names on this list, it becomes clear that the majority of these names are either nature names, or names inspired by modern heroes (Holden, Lennon, Lana, etc.) Aren't those nice qualities in names? I think "hipsters" are onto something.

I take back what I said before. I do believe in hipster names. There are names that many "hipsters" are using for their children. But I personally think they have great taste. These names are fun and spunky, and I love that about them.

I'm not even a hipster. I'm kind of preppy-ish and I really like skulls and tattoos, so I don't know what that counts as. But I'd totally go to a hipster for name advice, any day.

So here's to the hipster names; I adore you all.