Ingrid Bergman’s first baby, Friedel Pia, was born in 1938 in Sweden. Here’s a news item about Pia from the mid-1940s:
NAMING THE BABY: The name of Ingrid Bergman’s daughter is Pia. The P is the first initial of her father’s name which is Peter, second is from her mother’s, Ingrid, and the A is from her papa’s middle name which is Aaron. Quite an unusual method of child naming. If I had been named that way my first name would be CLM. How about you?
The details aren’t perfect — the writer forgets to mention that Pia has a first name, and her father’s names are actually spelled “Petter” and “Aron” — but the formula is correct. And I do like the question.
What would your name have been if your parents had used the Ingrid Bergman formula?
Even better, if you plug your initials and your partner’s initials into that formula, what’s the result? Is it a usable baby name?
- Durling, E.V. “Build Your Kitchen to Fit Your Wife.” Toledo Blade 18 May 1946, Peach Section.
- Spoto, Donald. Notorious: the life of Ingrid Bergman. Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2001.