Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Aristotle, Artist, Boss, Brave, Couture, Czar, Dandy, Emperor, Fancy, Fantasy, Great, Hercules, Legacy, Ninja, Peerless, Pride, Pristine, Ritzy, Romeo, Royalty, Sassy.
If you know anyone who appreciates baby name humor, please share!
My husband and I went on a road trip last week (Denver to Mesa Verde, to the Grand Canyon, to Las Vegas, then back to Denver). I won’t go crazy with a long series of posts like I did a couple of years ago, but we did spot some interesting names while walking the rim of the canyon:
The caption reads: “Tlutha and wife Tsoojva, a Havasupai family photographed in 1899, made their home at Indian Garden until 1928.” That was the year the last of the Havasupai were forced out of the canyon by the National Park Service. (Indian Garden is a riparian area about 5 miles below the rim.)
Tsoojva’s name means “dangling.” I’m not sure what Tlutha’s name means, but he was known to outsiders as Billy Burro.
Here’s more info on Havasupai names:
Havasupai names originally represented whimsical nicknames. Baa Gtgoohva (Bumping Into) received his name when he sneaked into his girlfriend’s bed and then bumped into another man coming to visit as he left. Ii Jgyaava (Axe) got his name when he married Ii (Stick). People called Watahomigie Bqii ‘Bee’ (Totes a Woman) because he physically carried home his wife Suwjaqwa. Today each Havasupai still bears at least one such “Indian name,” sometimes irreverent, that friends and acquaintances use instead of the regular name. Translated, they mean such things as “Mule,” “Backbone,” or “The Swallower.” Many older people do not even recognize their ancestors’ official names because they never knew them by any but their Havasupai names.
Finally, did you know that the name Canyon has been given to well over 2,000 babies at this point? Grand has never been on the list. (Great has, though.)
Hirst, Stephen. I Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People. Grand Canyon, AZ: Grand Canyon Association, 2006.
The most popular baby names in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2009 were:
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for the fun stuff. Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed only once in Quebec last year. (I didn’t see another Kierkegaard, but I did spot a Rousseau!)
Attila Norbert (boy) – Part ferocious, part dorky. Love the contrast.
Aztlan (boy) – Legendary homeland of the Nahua (Aztecs).
Bienheureux (boy) – French for “very happy” or “blessed.”
Billary (girl) – Bill + Hilary? Could it be some sort of tribute?
Carnegie Ursula (girl) – Interesting.
Fraidy (girl) – I was actually having a conversation about about cats when I noticed this one.
Galadrielle (girl) – Galadriel with a French twist. (Not the hairdo, of course. That would look completely out of place in Middle-earth.)
God-Day (boy) – Reminds me of God’s Power from a few weeks ago.
Greace (girl) and Alizee Greace (girl) – Is Greace supposed to be Grace? It looks more like Grease, which is gross.
Great-Rousseau (girl) – I love these philosopher names. Wonder who’ll pop up next year. Descartes? Spinoza?
Harvest (girl) – Call me crazy, but I like it. Nice associations, and Harvie makes a cute nickname.
Heavenly-Trinity (girl) – Either one or the other, I’d say. The combination is a bit much.