BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow and his partner, Alice Taylor, just welcomed a baby girl. Their newborn daughter’s full name is Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow.
What do the names refer to? According to the links in Cory’s post…
- Poesy is defined as “poetry; poetic language and ideas; literature; a poem, a passage of poetry.”
- Emmeline was inspired by British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928).
- Fibonacci was inspired by Italian mathematician Fibonacci (c.1170-c.1250).
- Did you know that Fibonacci’s name is actually a sobriquet? It was created either from Filiorum Bonacci, “of the family of Bonacci,” or Filius Bonacci, “son of Bonacci.” His real name was Leonardo of Pisa (or Leonardo Pisano).
- Nautilus was inspired by the submarine Nautilus in science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) by Jules Verne.
Here are some of the comments Cory has received regarding the name so far:
- “Too bad you won’t have any names available for the next child.”
- “And you do realize you have doomed her to a life of “No, my name’s NOT POSY.””
- “I’m particularly fond of Emmeline, though my inner geek is jumping for joy at “Fibonacci Nautilus”.”
- “P.E.F.N.T.D. is going to be hell to monogram, though.”
What’s your opinion of the name?
(A big thanks to Nancy Friedman of Away With Words for telling me about this one!)