How popular is the baby name Peppermint 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 Peppermint.
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I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
Caffeine makes you more alert (and hence more persuadable), and a warm drink in your hands could coax you to “make more generous decisions.” So brewing a cup of coffee or tea for your partner before talking baby names is a smart move.
But what if your partner isn’t into coffee or tea? For instance, what if your partner is watching her caffeine intake due to, oh, pregnancy or something?
Well, in that case, here’s an alternative: peppermint tea.
It’s an herbal “tea” that doesn’t include tea (Camellia sinensis) at all, so there’s no caffeine. But it’s got a scent that’s been proven to help people stay alert, it’s served hot, and it’s safe to consume during pregnancy.
P.S. I know of at least two people named Peppermint–one in England, one in Germany. The SSDI doesn’t include any Peppermints, but it does list a Spearmint (Spearmint Smith, 1934-1986, born in Virginia).
Sara Foss of Derby, England, has 13 children. Their names are:
Voorhees, 9 months
My first thought was: A mom of 13 has time to read Baudelaire? (And, if so, she really thought naming a child after him was an appropriate thing to do?)
But it seems like Sara is more the movie type. Rogue, Frodo, Morpheus and Voorhees’s names look like they come from X-Men (2000), The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and Friday the 13th (2009). Perhaps Baudelaire’s name came from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)? The dates don’t quite match up, but that’s all I can think of.
And now, two questions for you: Sara’s having baby #14 in April. What do you think the name will be? She’s also eager to have twins one day. If she ever does, what should their names be?