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Rare Baby Name: Liati

Liati, name, "love is all there is," acronym

I stumbled upon the quote “love is all there is” in an article I was reading recently. The author of the article said it came from a Beatles song.

I believe the author was actually thinking of the lyric “love is all you need” from the 1967 song All You Need Is Love. So, in this case, “love is all there is” is likely a mondegreen. Regardless, my first thought upon seeing “love is all there is” in quotes was that the acronym Liati — just like Ily, Ilys, and other love-based acronyms — would make a cute baby name.

“Liati” has never popped up in the U.S. baby name data before, but I managed to find one real-life Liati in an article about unusual personal names that ran in the Toledo Blade in 2003. Liati Huff, who was 23 years old at the time, had this to say about her unique name:

Most people think my name is either Italian or Hawaiian. The most unique guess was Russian. When I tell them it’s an acronym for ‘love is all there is,’ they usually think it’s so sweet, or a lot of people will respond by, ‘Oh, your parents loved the Beatles, right?’

What are your thoughts on Liati as a baby name? Would you consider using it?

Source: People share the stories behind their unusual monikers by Rhonda B. Sewell

Abe & Abi: “Always Be” Baby Names

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“A, always. B, be. C, closing. Always be closing!”

Acronym baby names are officially a thing. Not a major thing, but still a thing. Acronym baby names I’ve come across include Ily, “I love you,” and Lya, “love you always.”

One type of acronym that seems to be trendy in general these days is the “AB_” acronym, in which the first two words are “always be” and the third is a verb in “-ing” form. They stem from ABC, “always be closing,” made famous by the movie Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Variations I’ve heard include ABS (“always be shipping” or “always be “selling”), ABL (“always be learning”), a different ABC (“always be charging”), and even ABK (“always be knolling“).

So I wondered: Could we create an “always be” acronym that’s also a good baby name?

For the name to be pronounceable (unlike Abcde) the third letter would have to be a vowel. And I’d say the best vowels for the job — considering both the number of available verbs and the resulting acronym — are E and I. So let’s see what we can come up with for ABE and ABI…

ABE

Abe is typically a nickname for of Abraham, but Abe is also used as an independent name. In fact, dozens of U.S. babies have been named Abe (not Abraham) every year for many decades.

Here are my top five acronym possibilities for the name Abe:

  • ABE: “always be exploring”
  • ABE: “always be evolving”
  • ABE: “always be experimenting”
  • ABE: “always be embarking”
  • ABE: “always be excelling”

And here are some of the other verbs that could be used: earning, educating, empowering, encouraging, engaging, engineering, enhancing, enjoying, evaluating, examining, exceeding, and experiencing.

ABI

Abi, like the more familiar Abby, is a short form of Abigail. Abi isn’t common as an independent name, but usage has picked up a bit recently.

Here are my top five acronym possibilities for the name Abi:

  • ABI: “always be imagining”
  • ABI: “always be innovating”
  • ABI: “always be improving”
  • ABI: “always be inspiring”
  • ABI: “always be initiating”

And here are some of the other verbs that could be used: illuminating, implementing, impressing, improvising, increasing, influencing, informing, inspecting, integrating, interacting, interpreting, and investigating.

What are your favorite “always be” acronyms for Abe and Abi?

Do you think anyone out there has used an “always be” acronym as a baby name yet?

Liverpool Fans Name Baby Girl YNWA

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YNWA: New baby name for Liverpool fans?

Norwegian couple Tor-Eric and Eirin Iversen, big fans of Liverpool F.C. (the English soccer team), welcomed a baby girl back in 2010 and named her Karoline Ynwa.

The middle name Ynwa is an acronym that stands for “You’ll Never Walk Alone” — the song that was adopted as Liverpool’s anthem in the 1960s. It originally comes from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel (1945).

Tor-Eric and Eirin weren’t sure about the name Ynwa (which they pronounce “yee-nwa”) at first, but it grew on them over time. Before Ynwa they’d considered the name Gerrard (for Steven Gerrard) but decided that Gerrard wouldn’t work well for a girl.

Pål Christian Møller, head of Liverpool FC Supporters Club Norway, says the Liverpool-inspired baby name he sees most often is simply “Liverpool.” (He said if he could give himself another name, he’d add Oliver and become “O Liverpål.”) Another acronym-based Liverpool name he’s seen is Tia, which stands for “this is Anfield.” Anfield is the stadium at which Liverpool F.C. has been playing since the 1890s.

Now that news of a child named Ynwa has surfaced, do you think Liverpool fans in England will start using the name? And, if so, do you think Ynwa will ever reach the minimum usage requirement of 3 babies per year to be included on a future England and Wales baby name list?

Sources: Ynwa (4) fikk ikke velge favorittlag selv, Liverpool FC fans from Norway name their daughter YNWA (discovered originally via Clare’s Name News)

P.S. Other modern-day acronym baby names include Ily, Ilys & Ktyal. I’ve also heard rumors that the baby name Yolo now exists, but I have yet to see proof of this.

Choose Baby Girl’s Middle Name via Raffle

Drew and Tanya Myers of Fort Worth, Texas, want you to choose a middle name for their baby girl, due in August.

Her first name will be Ily, pronounced eye-lee, an acronym name that stands for “I love you.”

To be the one to choose Ily’s middle name, you’ve got to (1) pay $25 to enter a raffle and (2) be the randomly chosen winner on July 1.

Drew and Tanya aren’t keeping the money. All proceeds will be donated to the Fort Worth Pregnancy Center, “a Christian-based organization that puts an emphasis on a child’s life” (i.e., that is pro-life).

Here are some of the rules they’ve set regarding Ily’s middle name:

  • “[We] have first right of refusal on any name — this is simply to ensure that no one names our daughter Ily Hotdog Myers. If we use our right of refusal, the raffle winner will get the opportunity to submit another name.”
  • “The middle name cannot start with the letter “B” — we’re trying to avoid ridicule with the initials “IBM.””
  • “We want there to be a story behind the name — it doesn’t have to be an elaborate yarn, but we’d love the name to have meaning behind it.”

So far, a couple dozen raffle entries have already been purchased.

While I’m not a fan of for-profit baby naming schemes, I do appreciate that they’re doing this to raise money for charity (even if it’s the sort of charity that many people will not want to support). I also really like that they’re putting an emphasis on story.

UPDATE: According to this post about the delivery, they baby was named Ily Anabelle.

Sources: Win raffle to decide child’s middle name, I Want YOU to Name My Daughter