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The Baby Name Charmaine

Dolores del Rio, Charmaine, What Price Glory (1926)
Dolores del Rio as Charmaine
in What Price Glory? (1926)
Charmaine reminds me of Cheryl — both are relatively recent inventions with hazy origins, both saw increased usage thanks to popular culture, and both sound a bit dated these days.

Charmaine never became as popular as Cheryl did, but, interestingly, the two main pop culture boosts that it got — in 1928 and in 1952 — were caused by the very same thing.

What Price Glory? (1926) was a silent, black-and-white movie set in France during World War I. It followed two U.S. Marine sergeants as they fought for the affections of Charmaine, an innkeeper’s daughter.

The movie’s theme song, “Charmaine,” was used as a leitmotif throughout the film. It went on to become a huge hit in the late 1920s. The best-selling recording, by Guy Lombardo and his orchestra, spent seven weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1927.

In response to the popular song, hundreds of American baby girls were named Charmaine:

  • 1930: 124 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 622nd]
  • 1929: 114 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 653rd]
  • 1928: 264 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 419th]
  • 1927: 74 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 856th]
  • 1926: 8 baby girls named Charmaine

A generation later, the film was remade — this time with sound and color.

The song “Charmaine” was used again for this 1952 version of the film, and again it became a hit. Multiple versions landed on the U.S. Billboard charts, including an instrumental version by the Mantovani Orchestra that peaked at #10 in 1951 and a version by the Billy May Orchestra that reached #17 in 1952.

This time around, usage of the baby name Charmaine more than tripled:

  • 1954: 351 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 475th]
  • 1953: 428 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 417th]
  • 1952: 620 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 331st]
  • 1951: 192 baby girls named Charmaine [rank: 621st]

Usage has been decreasing ever since, though. In 2014, just 18 baby girls were named Charmaine.

So where does the name Charmaine come from?

Sources suggest that it’s based on either the English word “charm” or the name Charmian. Charmian is a variant of Charmion, based on the Ancient Greek word kharma, meaning “delight.” (One of Cleopatra’s servants was named Charmion.) The second syllable may have been influenced by the name Lorraine, which was fashionable in the early 1900s.

Which name do you like more, Charmaine or Cheryl?

Sources:

  • Charmaine (song) – Wikipedia
  • Melnick, Ross. American Showman: Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Another Backwards Baby Name – Adnil

From a 110-year-old issue of Notes and Queries:

The most curious Christian name I ever came across was Adnil, given to a girl born in Aberdeen. Her mother’s name was Linda. At the time of her birth the child’s parents were not on very good terms, and the father, in a moment of freakishness, inverted the mother’s name with the above result. The child died in early childhood.
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I’m going to try to use “moment of freakishness” in a sentence today. We’ll see how it goes.

Adnil is clunky, but it’s far better than Nevaehtnes.

Adnil has never been on an SSA list, but I’ve found a few doing records searches. Adnil Lorraine Bailey, for instance, was born in California circa 1907 to Charles and Linda Bailey. And Mary Adnil Killebrew was born in North Carolina in 1906 to W. H. and Linda B. Killebrew.

I even spotted an Adnileb — Belinda backwards — born in California in 1991.

What do you think of Adnil?

Source: “Curious Christian Names.” Notes and Queries 27 Feb. 1904: 171.

Names Popular During the Victorian Era

Tuesday’s post about the Victorian-style Tylney Hall Hotel reminded me of a list of Victorian-era names that I’ve had bookmarked forever.

The list was created by amateur genealogist G. M. Atwater as a resource for writers. It contains names and name combinations that were commonly seen in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1890s. Below is the full list (with a few minor changes).

Victorian Era Female Names Victorian Era Male Names
  • Abigale / Abby
  • Ada
  • Adella
  • Agnes
  • Allie
  • Almira / Almyra
  • Alva
  • America
  • Amelia
  • Ann / Annie
  • Arrah
  • Beatrice
  • Bernice
  • Charity
  • Charlotte
  • Chastity
  • Claire
  • Constance
  • Cynthia
  • Dorothy / Dot
  • Edith
  • Edna
  • Edwina
  • Ella
  • Eleanor
  • Ellie
  • Elizabeth / Eliza / Liza / Lizzy / Bess / Bessie / Beth / Betsy
  • Elvira
  • Emma
  • Esther
  • Ethel
  • Eudora
  • Eva
  • Fidelia
  • Frances / Fanny
  • Flora
  • Florence
  • Geneve
  • Genevieve
  • Georgia
  • Gertrude / Gertie
  • Gladys
  • Grace
  • Hannah
  • Hattie
  • Helen
  • Helene
  • Henrietta / Hettie / Ettie
  • Hester
  • Hope
  • Hortence
  • Isabell / Isabella
  • Jane
  • Jennie
  • Jessamine
  • Josephine
  • Judith
  • Julia
  • Juliet
  • Katherine / Kate
  • Laura
  • Leah
  • Lenora
  • Letitia
  • Lila
  • Lilly
  • Lorena
  • Lorraine
  • Lottie
  • Louise / Louisa
  • Lucy
  • Lulu
  • Lydia
  • Mahulda
  • Margaret / Peggie
  • Mary / Molly / Polly
  • Mary Elizabeth
  • Mary Frances
  • Martha
  • Matilda / Mattie
  • Maude
  • Maxine / Maxie
  • Mercy
  • Mildred
  • Minerva
  • Missouri
  • Myrtle
  • Nancy
  • Natalie
  • Nellie / Nelly
  • Nettie
  • Nora
  • Orpha
  • Patsy
  • Parthena
  • Permelia
  • Phoebe
  • Philomena
  • Preshea
  • Rachel
  • Rebecca / Becky
  • Rhoda / Rhody
  • Rowena
  • Rufina
  • Ruth
  • Samantha
  • Sally
  • Sarah
  • Sarah Ann
  • Sarah Elizabeth
  • Savannah
  • Selina
  • Sophronia
  • Stella
  • Theodosia / Theda
  • Vertiline / Verd
  • Victoria
  • Virginia / Ginny
  • Vivian
  • Winnifred / Winnie
  • Zona
  • Zylphia
  • Aaron
  • Abraham / Abe
  • Alan / Allen
  • Albert
  • Alexander
  • Alonzo
  • Ambrose
  • Amon
  • Amos
  • Andrew / Drew / Andy
  • Aquilla
  • Archibald / Archie
  • Arnold
  • Asa
  • August / Augustus / Gus
  • Barnabas / Barney
  • Bartholomew / Bart
  • Benjamin
  • Bennet
  • Benedict
  • Bernard
  • Bertram / Bert
  • Buford
  • Byron
  • Calvin
  • Cephas
  • Charles / Charley / Charlie
  • Christopher
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Clarence
  • Clement / Clem
  • Clinton / Clint
  • Cole
  • Columbus / Lom / Lum
  • Commodore Perry
  • Daniel / Dan
  • David
  • Edmund
  • Edward / Ned
  • Edwin
  • Eldon
  • Eli
  • Elijah
  • Elisha
  • Emmett
  • Enoch
  • Ezekiel / Zeke
  • Ezra
  • Francis / Frank
  • Franklin
  • Frederick / Fred
  • Gabriel / Gabe
  • Garrett
  • George
  • George Washington
  • Gideon
  • Gilbert / Gil
  • Granville
  • Harland
  • Harrison
  • Harold / Harry
  • Harvey
  • Henry / Hank
  • Hiram
  • Horace
  • Horatio
  • Hugh
  • Isaiah
  • Israel
  • Isaac / Ike
  • Isaac Newton
  • Jacob / Jake
  • James / Jim
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson / Jeff
  • Jedediah / Jed
  • Jeptha
  • Jesse
  • Joel
  • John / Jack
  • John Paul
  • John Wesley
  • Jonathan
  • Joseph / Josephus
  • Josiah
  • Joshua
  • Julian
  • Julius
  • Lafayette / Lafe
  • Lawrence / Larry
  • Leander
  • Les / Lester / Leslie
  • Lewis / Lew / Louis
  • Levi
  • Lucas
  • Lucian
  • Lucius
  • Luke
  • Luther
  • Louis
  • Levi
  • Lucas
  • Lucian
  • Lucius
  • Luke
  • Luther
  • Matthew
  • Marcellus
  • Mark
  • Martin
  • Martin Luther
  • Masheck
  • Maurice
  • Maxwell
  • Merrill
  • Meriwether
  • Meriwether Lewis
  • Michael / Mike
  • Micajah / Cage
  • Mordecai
  • Morgan
  • Morris
  • Nathaniel / Nathan / Nate / Nat
  • Newton / Newt
  • Nicholas / Nick
  • Nimrod
  • Ninian
  • Obediah
  • Octavius
  • Ora / Oral
  • Orville
  • Oscar
  • Owen
  • Paul
  • Patrick / Pat
  • Patrick Henry
  • Paul
  • Perry
  • Peter
  • Pleasant
  • Ralph
  • Raymond
  • Reuben
  • Robert / Bob
  • Robert Lee
  • Richard / Rich / Dick
  • Roderick
  • Rudolph
  • Rufus
  • Samuel
  • Sam Houston
  • Seth
  • Silas
  • Simon
  • Simeon
  • Stanley / Stan
  • Stephen
  • Thaddeus
  • Thomas / Tom
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Theodore / Ted
  • Timothy / Tim
  • Ulysses
  • Uriah
  • Victor
  • Walter
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wilfred
  • William / Will / Bill / Billy
  • Willie
  • Zachariah
  • Zebulon
  • Zedock

Which female name and male name do you like best?

Source: Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide

2 Babies Named Joslin After Joslin Diabetes Center

On June 27, a long-time Joslin Diabetes Center patient gave birth to a baby girl.

The baby’s name? Joslin Marie.

“I decided to name my daughter Joslin because of the care I received at Joslin,” explained Elizabeth. “More specifically because of one appointment I had with Dr. Eyiuche Okeke. When I was about 21 years old I had a regular, routine appointment and at that point, my diabetes was so out of control.

“With an A1C of 10 or 11, Dr. Okeke flat out told me ‘if you were to get pregnant right now, your baby would have a 65 to 80 percent chance of having birth defects.’ Being a young adult, I knew that I always wanted to have children. I couldn’t help but cry that day, but more importantly, reevaluate my lifestyle,” she said.

And that’s not all — I know of another baby named Joslin after the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Hannah Joslin Fascione was born to Lorraine Fascione of Newington, CT, in March of 2000. Lorraine, who suffered from gestational diabetes, was treated at a Joslin-affiliated diabetes center in Connecticut.

So where did the Joslin Diabetes Center get its name? The Boston-based organization grew out of the private practice of Dr. Elliott P. Joslin (1869-1962), the first U.S. doctor to specialize in diabetes.

And where does the surname Joslin come from? It was originally a personal name, brought to England by the Normans in the 11th century. Early spelling variants include Goscelin, Gosselin and Joscelin.

In most cases, Joslin can be traced back to the Germanic name Gauzelin, which was a pet form of Germanic names that included the name element Gaut (of unknown meaning).

In other cases, Joslin was a pet form of the Old French name Josse, a version of the Breton name Iodoc/Jodoc, which was based on the Breton word iudh, meaning “lord.”

Do you like the name Joslin?

Sources:

Names People Have Given Their Cars

names for cars

A number of people come to my blog looking for “car names.”

I’ve recently figured out that, while some of these folks are looking for car names for their babies, far more actually come to find names for their cars.

So, to help this latter group out, I scoured the web to find out what sorts of names people give to their cars.

Here’s a list of over 50 car names I found:

Abraham: “Next, we named the car. My husband said that if we were going to spend a week together, our family and this shiny automobile, it needed a name. And “Abraham” was christened.” -Whitney of Rookie Moms

Ailey: “Of course the first thing I did (after sucking in lungful of that luscious smell) was to name the car. Meet Ailey, my brandy-new, alien green Kia Soul.” -J Monkeys of Writing Secrets of 7 Scribes

Alfred: We took the new car on a road trip to test it out, during the trip we named the car “Alfred”. After the Alfred on Batman, Batman’s Butler. Since we call Hudson “Little Batman”, and the car does escort “Little Batman” around Alfred seemed like a perfect fit.” -Shannon of Bird a la Mode

Angus: “We named the car “Angus,” after Angus Hudson, the butler played by Gordon Jackson in the long-running ITV/PBS series “Upstairs, Downstairs.”” -Kit of Kit Foster’s CarPort

Apollo: “Thank you Apollo for not having a regular trunk. Yes, my car is named Apollo, as in the space ship. Because my car reminds me of a space ship.” -Sammi of Running To Fit

Bianca: “Our new car is named Bianca della Carza. Clearly we went with Bianca because the car itself is white and since I speak Italian it allows me to pretend to speak it fluently. The “della Carza” was added because a local news caster is named “Bianca de la Garza” and as soon as we named the car Bianca the della Carza followed naturally out of our mouths as though we had been fully indoctrinated by our TV watching. Laughing, we decided to go with it. Bianca is in the garage now. It is still hard to believe that we bought a new car, said good bye to Zoe, and weaved our lives together even more all in a single day.” -Melissa of foster & feed

Bono: “Bono is my car. I named him Bono because I had a crush on Felix, my brother’s friend, who happens to be obsessed with U2. Somehow, I thought naming my car Bono would increase my chances. Sadly, I must admit t it did nothing for my chances.” -Anya of Anya Violetta

Bruce: “My car is named Bruce. I’m really not going to elaborate here, but it’s got something to do with the fact that some people seem to think it’s a Transformer and that it, being an inanimate object, actually has a sexual orientation. I’m leaving this one alone.” -The Mishap of Confessions of a Walking Mishap

Charlene: “I was NOT about to let anyone but a professional — thus excluding myself — touch my Charlene. (Yes, my car is named Charlene.)” -Sarah Piper of Bon Appetit Management Company

Christina: “My phone’s name is Verity Loud. My last phone’s name was George. My computer’s name is Francis Lenovo. My brother’s computer’s name is Opal. Our car is named Christina, but we call her variations thereof (Katrina, Chris, Christy, etc). Yep. I live in a family that names their technology. But are we so weird? Why do we give stuffed animals and dolls to children? Why do we own pets?” -Phoeg of Ramber’s Light

Dip: “My car is named Dip.” -Jen of come and rest your bones with me

Dorothy: “Why Dorothy? Well, 1) because her previous owner was an elderly woman who recently passed away, and I named the car in homage to my favorite Golden Girl, Dorothy, to honor the memory of all the awesome old women out there. Also, 2) she is named because “there is no place like home” and Dorothy is the closest thing to “home” I have right now. She is mine, I own her, and if all else fails me in the next few weeks or months while I search for a more permanent “home”, at least I will have Dorothy.” -Emily of GreenDesignCollective Blog

Eeyore: “I was so worried about my car being damaged, but it looks like the trees overhead stopped Eeyore from getting pummeled. Yes, my car is named Eeyore :)”
-Lisa Boland of Bitchin’ Kitsch ‘n’ Kitchen

Eleanor: “I have this thing with my possessions. It may just be the weird side of me, but I embrace it. I have a habit of naming objects, such as cars, the remote control, and my coffee maker. For instance, my car is named Eleanor because the first letter of my license plate is an E and I love the song Eleanor Rigby. My dad’s truck is named Genevieve, because she seems like a classy lady. My boyfriend’s old red car was named Bertha, because she was a big lady. His new car is named Stella, because, really, why not? My laptop is named Scarlet because she has a red cover. My Keurig coffee maker is named Monica for no particular reason – I just happened to look at it and it was the first name that came into my mind on Christmas morning. And so when I bought my Blackberry Bold 9650 back in July, I knew she would need a name. She would be with me at all times of day. As I held her in my hands in the Verizon Wireless store for the first time, it was like the name came to me immediately. She was wrapped in a blue silicone case that would protect her from bumps and scratches. Her name would be Belle, like after bluebell flowers.” -Therese of Therese Zdazenski

Elenor: “Lucky me, lucky me, my wonderful husband surprised me with a brand new Honda CRV Sport in a lovely shade of sage green for our anniversary. It was hard to say good bye to my beloved and trusty Elliot my Honda Element, but I have made the transition rather quickly. The new car is named Elenor…works well with the existing nick name Ellie. Sounds a little silly, I know, but I have had a wonderful relationship with Elliot over the last few years and he’s taken me over 152,000 kms safely while I’ve been out and about. Elliot never let me down, always started on the coldest of winter days, was able to make it up Scenic Caves Road in the worst conditions and took me to the cottage (my favourite place in the world besides Collingwood) always a happy road trip. Elliot and I had a remarkable relationship. He will be missed, but I’m looking forward to a great relationship with Ellie, the sleek looking, smooth running new car in my life (with a fantastic sunroof).” -Julie Card of Out & About

Elphaba: “I just wanted to say thank you to all of the lovely people that suggested names for my new oven. I thought Glinda fit as our car is called Elphaba!” -Lorraine Elliott of Not Quite Nigella

Elvira: “My car is named Elvira (I know, I named her). Last year, I blogged about my car topless (she is a convertible) under the title – Elvira Topless!!!. The post included pictures me in my convertible. Since then, my blog has picked up a lot of traffic from men (well, some women too) searching the term Elvira topless. I have always found this funny and even blogged about it a second time under, Elvira Topless. As a result, my blog now ranks 3rd in Google results for “Elvira topless”.” -Tom Whittaker of Tom Whittaker’s Blog

FitzWilliam: “In fact, my car is named Fitzwilliam, after Mr. Darcy. Yes, I am aware of how pathetic that is. And I’m okay with this.” -Sharon of The Book Barbies

Fjodor: “Our car is named Fjodor. (Yes, of course after Dostojevskij). Just sayin’. :)” -Torunn of A Little Nouveau

Gracie: “I name inanimate objects. Example: My espresso machine is named Max. My car is named Gracie. And my iphone is named Florence.” -Danielle of Taking Notes…Coast to Coast

Hans: “I’ve never missed covered parking so much in my life! It was like the Snow Miser sharted all over Hans. (yes, my car is named Hans. Judge if you must.)” -Megan of Six One in Heels

Heather: “I am mad at Tyler for waking up my shopping jones though. Did you see the way those broad were ragging in that movie?! Luckily, Heather Hunter Honda (yea my car is named after a porn star – don’t ask) had a major crisis that put a serious dent in my pocketbook so I’m banned from the mall for now. I can still dream…” -Danielle of Songs in the Key of Life

Ivy: “My car is named Ivy. She’s my first and only car that I have.” -Pakou of Off the Front Porch

Izzy: “My car is named Izzy. The car before was Adam. My phone is Janice. My AC unit is Jasmine. I like to name inanimate objects.” -Rachel of lala Lists

Karmit: “I am a big fan of the Muppets. Our car is named Karmit and a friend played “Rainbow Connection” on his guitar for us during our wedding ceremony.” -Gary and Louise of Lone Star on a Lark

Linda: “We got so many fantastic submissions! After pouring over them all, we had to choose just one… Introducing Linda, our transportation, and our travel companion.” -The Dudes of Cig Cross Canada Tour

Linus: “Linus is my car. I named Linus, because as I stated before I am terrified he will magically explode, and so when I am driving home (no joke) I talk to him. We chat about traffic, sometime I am asking if he has a flat tire or if it’s just the road. It took a while for me to trust Linus, since my last vehicle Vern let his tire fly off on the freeway, Vern and I had a really shaky relationship after that. So much so, that I had to sell him.” -Miki of Becoming What I Always Was

Little Dorritt: “My car’s name is Little Dorrit.” -Sarah Allen of From Sarah, With Joy

Lola: “Owning a Corolla, I guess the reason why I named my car Lola is for my tag line “Lola the Corolla.” I thought it was funny… As for the other things I guess I just named them just to give them a personality, a character.” -Shawn Tripputi of San Jacinto Times Staff Blog

Lorraine: “Another thing you can see in these pictures is my bike. Her name is Alexandra, “Lexie” for short, and I’m very excited for springtime rides. For your information, my camera is named Pepe (as in Pepe le Pew, the romantic skunk) and my car is named Lorraine. Do you name inanimate objects? It’s fun; you should give it a try.” -Sara of SK{ru}SH

Lucille: “Those of you who are familiar with the now-cancelled best-TV-show-ever Arrested Development should notice a resemblance to the car that was driven in the show by Lucille Bluth. While I could not find a picture of the car itself, I can provide a picture of Lucille, for whom my car is named.” -Brian of Ponystyle Industries

Lucky: “So the most recent blog-worthy thing that we have done is buy a new CAR! It is beautiful and we love it! We “named” the car lucky (c’mon you know everyone names their cars) because it was, to say the least, lucky that we were able to buy it.” -Brynn of The Dexters

Lucy: “Her car is a ’65 Ford Falcon named Shirley. Ironically, my car is named Lucy aka the Diamond in the Rust.” -Amber Von Felts of I Heart Everything

Maggie: “Just to clear up the subject on Maggie. Maggie is my car. I named her when I purchased her a few years ago. I thought that since she was a red car (oh yeah, the car is female) that entitles her to a red-head name… and Maggie sounds like a red headed person. All that came to me was an Irish gal name Maggie… so Maggie is a red head, possibly Irish and she kisses boy cars… really she does. I parked at a Wal-mart parking lot and she gave the blue chevy impala, which was parked across from us, a little peck on the lips. Thats just how she is I guess. She flirts.” -kw muah of The journal of an amateur dabbler

Marcus: “We zipped in for a rather late 1 pm brunch in Marcus (yes, our car is named Marcus and yes, he zips, not cruises)” -libbyty of The Little Bow Girl

Marty: “Marty Mazda. I named the car Marty because, well, it just wasn’t clear if he was a boy or a girl. (Even when you looked under the hood *wink* *wink*.)” -Lisa of Chick Lit is Not Dead

Max: “My mother and I are driving somewhere separately – her in the purple van and me in Max. (Sidenote: Max is my car. I named him after a male stripper named Max Steele.)” -99donuts of 99donuts

Merlot: “My new car is named MERLOT for her sparkling wine color.” -Dianne of Dianne Johnson

Moby: “We took that money and decided we wanted to buy a car outright and not have any payments. K said she didn’t really care what we got, as long as it drove nice and wasn’t a white four door. 2 weeks later, we purchased a 1996 white 4 door ford Taurus (the model that still had those ugly oval shaped back windows). On account of the shape, size, and color, we named the car Moby.” -rebb of rebb against the machine!

Molly: “My car is named Molly, after Molly Weasley. I bought the car shortly after Deathly Hallows came out and found Molly a fitting name because, like Molly, my car is little, red and feisty.” -Morgan of Becoming Rooks

Nancy: “I named the car Nancy and she became mine.” -Jess of Bowl of Bees

Pearl: “About 15 years ago, a friend of mine loaned me a string of pearls to wear to my nephew’s wedding. I liked the pearls so much my husband offered to buy me some for Christmas. Unfortunately, before Christmas, his old car, which had well over 100,000 miles on it, began developing a series of problems and it became apparent he needed a new car, which meant no expensive Christmas present. I preferred having husband drive a safe vehicle to wearing pearls to pick him up at the side of the rode when he broke down, so a new car it was. I named the car Pearl.” -Coleslaw of Word Salad

Penny: “I also recently noticed that on top me naming my heat pack Glenn, my guinea pig is named Maggie, and my car is named Penny…I’ve been naming things after Walking Dead characters even before the show aired!” -Nicole of Crippie’s Corner

Peyman: “Willie brought us the car today right after work. We couldn’t be happier to have “The Peyman” in our possession at last! We named the car Peyman after our dear friend from camp. He is a great guy and he has quite a beard… He deserves a car to be named after him!” -Sarah J Cole of FollowSarah

Phyllis Nefler: “this morning the check engine light came on in my car. stinks! phyllis nefler (our car’s name) has a few other problems and needs to go see the car doctor soon. (p.s. our car is named after the movie troop beverly hills) :)” -Amanda of The Shepard Life

Pompidou: “My car is named after the Pompidou Centre located in the heart of Paris, a building with iconic architecture of the twentieth century, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the Pomipdou Centre opened to the public in 1977. Also the year of my birth.” -Trina of Eskimo to the World

Reznor: “And if you haven’t guessed it by now, my car is named after Trent Reznor from NIN.” -Danielle of Porcelain Heart, Ivory Tooth

Sacagawea: “Our car is named “Sacagawea”, because she takes us places.” -Rachel of rachelcoker

Sam: “I have a habit of giving proper names to many of the inanimate objects in my life. My car is named Sam. My first car was Burt – Burt was a wonderful car of some notoriety due to his many bumper stickers, totally un-me purple airbrushed racing stripes, the brutal-looking dent in the side where a drunk driver hit me and I never got it fixed, and the appalling among of trash accumulated inside…I was a messy 20-something. I used to have two bean bags named Clark and Aunt Bethany in college.” -Ruby Sara of Pagan Godspell

Shirley: “My car is named Shirley because my best friend’s car is named Laverne. Normally I don’t like naming things like cars.” -Kate of Leaving the Land of Cotton

Simon Templar: “I mean, my car is named Simon Templar (and there’s a sign of the Saint taped up in one of the windows, just to further reassure everyone that I am completely crazy).” -Millie of Classic Forever

Skarmory: I named the car “Skarmory”, which is the name of a Steel-type Pokemon. It was doubly appropriate since it’s a steel gray car, and the word ‘car’ is phonetically embedded in it.” -Cheryl of Twenty-Sided Woman

Sophia: “My car, Sophia, is leased through VW and her time with me is ending.” -Jess of Just What Jess Is Up To

Sylvia: “This is my car! I named it Sylvia. Sylvia the suzuki. It’s pretty small (I wish is was smaller!) and I got it brand spannking factory new. I still have the plastic on the seats. I have yet to hit anything! Yay!” -Kait of of Adventures in Kaitland

Trails: So who’s old enough to remember Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and their farewell song “Happy Trails”? Okay, it silly, but it works! Our RV is named “Happy” and our car is named “Trails” since it trails behind us when we’re toolin’ down the road.” -Nan & Gary of Happy Trails…on the road again

Veronica: “So much that my car is named, ahem, Veronica. Yeah I have no shame.” -TiffanyD of Makeup by Tiffany D

Which of the above do you like best?

Do you have a name for your car? If so, what is it, and why did you choose it?

UPDATE: Here’s a fun Name Your Car Formula I posted for Name Your Car Day (October 2).

Baby Name Needed for the Sister of Copeland

A reader named Lisa is expecting her second daughter a couple of weeks and needs some name assistance. Her first daughter is Copeland Rhine. Lisa’s main predicament is this:

[H]ow do I find a strong unique vintage name for this second precious girlie that will not wilt next to a strong name like Copeland Rhine?

And here are some other questions and points Lisa brought up:

  • “Our goal is not to have their names competing for placement but complimenting each other.”
  • “We do not want to be boxed in on unisex or surname first names.”
  • “I have been gravitating towards Sojourner Bliss or Sojourner Mercy (Sophie for short) but that is all I have and my husband is not sold on it nor on a stronger masculine name.”
  • “My husband really loves Evangeline yet he is not wanting to use it because it is becoming so popular. We both love the idea of Evie as a nickname.”
  • “I really want to honor three people in my family but all three would not wish their name on anyone: Leona, Gertrude and Lorraine. Are there any derived names that I could use?” [Other family names she mentioned are Cornelia, Josephine, Ester, Rosemary, Carmelita, Trinia (Trijntje), Johannes, Sophia, Evelientje, Alice (called Ollie), Francis, Felicia and Blanche.]

The baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable name that starts with D and also includes a z-sound. It’s somewhat similar to De Souza.

So the challenge is to find “strong unique vintage” names that work with Copeland, but that won’t lock Lisa’s family into surnames or unisex names. And to try to get a family connection in there as well.

I think Evangeline is a great idea, actually. It’s strong, vintage, and neither a surname nor a unisex name. And both Lisa and her husband like the nickname Evie. Seems like the only thing holding them back is the popularity.

Yes, Evangeline has become slightly popular recently. It’s been back in the top 1,000 since 2006. But let’s put that into context. Over 2,000,000 baby girls were born last year, and only 735 of them were named Evangeline. That’s a very small percentage. (But if it’s really that bothersome, there’s always Evangelina, which is still well out of the top 1,000.)

I’m not a big fan of Sojourner. It’s strong, and unique, and not a surname…but it’s not feminine, and it’s not what I’d call vintage, even if Sojourner Truth was a well-known 19th-century woman. I’d worry about teasing, especially with a noun-middle like Bliss or Mercy. And I think naming a third child (of either gender) after Copeland and Sojourner would be tricky.

Sophie seems like it would be an awkward nickname for Sojourner. It’s so different from Sojourner that it strikes me as more of a cover-name than a nickname–as if Sojourner were just too strong or strange to work as an everyday name.

Leona, Gertrude and Lorraine…the most interesting way I could think of to combine them was to look for names that feature their first letters (L, G, L) such as Nigella, Allegra and Gillian.

Here are a few other name ideas that came to mind:

Acacia
Adelaide
Amandine
Anais
Anneliese
Antonia
Aquila
Artemis
Astrid
Augusta
Aurelia
Aurora
Damaris
Delphina
Demetria
Freya
Ginevra
Harriet
Honora
Imogen
Ione
Isadora
Leocadia
Lucasta
Lucretia
Melosa
Merit
Mehetabel
Minerva
Morgana
Muriel
Nelle
Penelope
Petra
Sophronia
Sunniva
Theodosia/Theda
Thora
Venetia
Vera

Some are related to the family names Lisa mentioned (e.g. Adelaide/Alice, Sophronia/Sophia).

Which of the above names do you like best for the sister of Copeland? What other names would you suggest to Lisa?

Baby Names Needed – Classy, Quirky Names for Twins

A reader named Abbie has four children: Leo Sebastian, Henry Edward, Jasper Alaric, and Eliza Vivienne. She recently learned that she is expecting twins (congrats!) and would like some help coming up with baby names–especially boy names. She writes:

Lucy Matilda and Nora Penelope will be the twins’ names if they are both girls.

We like shorter (two to three syllables) names that are classy and old-fashioned but have a hint of eccentricity and quirkiness to them; we want them to be familiar and accepted but still be unusual enough that they’ll be the only one in their classes.

If it helps, our last name starts with Gold and is two syllables.

The very first name to pop into my head? Amory, which I know from This Side of Paradise. This made me think that other names from Fitzgerald books and stories (written during the 1920s and ’30s) might be names Abbie would like. So I flipped through the Fitzgerald books that I own, then flipped through others that I don’t own (thanks to the magnificent Project Gutenberg), and found:

Abe (Abraham)
Albert
Charlie
Chester
Dexter
Duncan
Nelson
Percy
Roscoe
Warren
Daisy
Edith
Honoria
Lorraine
Lucille
Marion
Marjorie
Rosemary
Stella
Violet

I included girl names, but I don’t think Abbie needs any. (I’m guessing that if only one twin is a girl, she’ll be named either Lucy Matilda or Nora Penelope.)

So let’s concentrate on boy names now. Here are some others that seem both old-fashioned and a bit quirky to me:

Alfred
Arthur
Avery
Bernard
Bertram
Cedric
Dexter
Ernest
Felix
Frederick
Lewis
Milo
Nolan
Owen
Philip
Roland
Rupert
Simon
Stuart
Walter

Out of these, I think my favorites (for the sib set Leo, Henry, Jasper and Eliza) would be Owen, Philip, Simon and Stuart.

Which of the names above do you like best? What other names (firsts, middles, or combinations) would you suggest?

Update – The babies have arrived! To see what their genders/names are, either scroll down through the comments or just click here.