How popular is the baby name Afton in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Afton.
Prolific romance author Parris Afton Bonds — who co-founded both Romance Writers of America and the Southwest Writers Workshop — explained the origin of her first and middle names in an article from 1981:
“I’d like to tell you I was named after Paris, France,” Parris Afton Bonds told me as I visited her in her house outside Lewisville, “but I wasn’t. It was Paris, Kentucky.” She was, however, named after the River Afton in Scotland, and she pointed to a bottle on her bookshelf, still bearing a Schweppes label, that was filled with Afton water.
Other sources specify that Parris was in fact conceived in Paris, Kentucky.
Btw, did you know that Afton (as a girl name) has been particularly popular in Utah?
Source: Harrigan, Stephen. “Behind the Purple Page.” Texas Monthly Jan. 1981: 139-141.
A reader named Alex is looking for a name for her second daughter, due this September:
My first born is named Rowan Isobel and we’re looking for a name that will complement her name. We generally like Welsh/Celtic names (my husband’s name is O’Donnell) but also like unusual names. Rowan was ‘almost’ Arwen or Bronwyn, but – though we like those names, we think they are too close to Rowan. The biggest problem is that we think Rowan is SUCH a perfect name – we may have set the bar too high! Any suggestion would be appreciated!
I brainstormed for Celtic names that seemed to fit with the “style” of Rowan, and here’s what I came up with:
What other names might sound good with Rowan? (I think non-Celtic suggestions are welcome as well.)