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Popularity of the Baby Name Rudyard

Number of Babies Named Rudyard

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Rudyard

How Was Rudyard Kipling Named?

rudyard kipling, authorWhere did Bombay-born English writer Joseph Rudyard Kipling, most famous for The Jungle Book, get his memorable middle name?

His parents, John and Alice, got engaged in the summer of 1863 on the shores of Rudyard Lake in Rudyard, Staffordshire, England. Wedding planning finally started in late 1864, after John secured a job in India. The pair married in March of 1865, set off for India a month later, and welcomed Joseph Rudyard, nicknamed “Rud,” at the end of December.

Rudyard Lake had been created in 1799 by damming a brook. It was named for the surrounding settlement of Rudyard, which had existed since at least the early 11th century, when it was called Rudegeard (derived from a pair of Old English words meaning “shrub rue” and “enclosure”).

According to the SSA data, dozens of U.S. baby boys were named Rudyard during the 20th century. Do you like the name Rudyard? Would you consider giving it to a modern baby boy?

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Lalage: Chatterbox Baby Name?

lalage, baby name, greek

Lalage’s quirky definition is what first caught my eye.

Horace, the Roman poet, created the name Lalage over two thousand years ago from the ancient Greek word lalagein, meaning “to chatter,” “to prattle,” “to babble,” or (in the case of a bird) “to chirp.” He invented it as a fitting alias for the “sweetly laughing, sweetly talking” woman described in Ode 1.22:

dulce ridentem Lalagen amabo,
dulce loquentem.

The name Lalage has since appeared in other literary works, including the play Politian (1835) by Edgar Allan Poe, the poem “Rimini” (1906) by Rudyard Kipling, and the novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) by John Fowles.

In The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the mother of the child named Lalage “pronounced it as a dactyl, the g hard.” So: LAL-a-ghee. But I checked other sources (such as this one) and found a variety of pronunciation suggestions.

There are two distinct camps regarding the G, for instance — the hard-G camp (lal-a-ghee) and the soft-G camp (lal-a-dgee). I think the soft-G makes the most sense for English-speakers, as the English forms of other Greek-origin names (like George and Eugene) also tend to have soft G’s, but that’s just personal opinion.

Lalage has since become the name of an asteroid (822 Lalage) and a genus of birds (the trillers), but my favorite association so far is the mid-20th-century circus performer.

Lalage — whose real name was Hedwig Roth — was an aerialist with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. According to one circus program, she was a “dusty blonde of French-Swiss origin” and she pronounced her name lä-lä-gay, but she had “given up trying to sell people that idea” because most people assumed it was lä-LÄZH. (See what I mean about the various pronunciations?)

Here’s the first stanza of the poem “Lalage!” (1946) by American poet Charles Olson:

The legs of Lalage toss, and toss, and toss
(l’esprit de femme)
against the canvas of the circus sky

What do you think of the name Lalage? Would it be a good alternative to popular girl names like Lillian or Lily?

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Baby Names from Your Relationship with Your Partner

Could your relationship inspire a great baby name? I bet it could, if you ask yourself the right questions. Here are some to start you off:

How did the two of you meet?

  • Did a mutual acquaintance introduce you? What was that person’s name?
  • Did you meet while taking the same scuba class? What was the name of the instructor?
  • Did you meet while living in the same dorm at college? What was the name of the dorm? (If it’s a surname, what was the forename originally attached to it?)
  • Did you meet doing theater? What character names do you remember from the first production you worked on together?
  • Example: Actors Robby Benson and Karla DeVito named their daughter Lyric because they met while singing on Broadway.

Think about your firsts.

  • Did you go out to dinner on your first date? What was the name of your waiter?
  • Did you have your first kiss while waiting in the lobby of a particular building? What was the name of the architect who designed the building?
  • What was the first movie you went to see together? What were the names of the lead characters?
  • Did you first say “I love you” to one another while picnicking in the park? What was the name of the park?

Think about other memorable experiences.

  • What’s the name of the street you first lived on together?
  • What’s the name of the coffee shop you used to go to every Friday night when you were dating?
  • Did your relationship ever hit a rough patch? What’s the name of the friend who helped you get through it out and stay together?
  • Have you ever done anything that you’re both really proud of (e.g. scaled a mountain, raised a lot of money for charity)? What names come to mind when you think of these things?
  • When you look through your collection of photographs, ticket stubs, playbills, receipts, brochures, fliers, and other paraphernalia, what names do you see? What other names are you reminded of?
  • Example: Filmmaker Rohan Fernando and his wife Carolle named their son Cohen because, on their second date, they went to see Leonard Cohen.
  • Example: “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon name his daughter Winnie because he and his wife spent a lot of time (and were engaged) at Lake Winnipesaukee.

Engagement, Marriage, Honeymoon, Anniversaries

  • What’s the name of the person (e.g. pastor, priest, rabbi) who married you?
  • Wedding dresses often have female names in lieu of (or along with) model numbers–did yours?
  • Who sang your first dance song?
  • What’s the name of the hotel you stayed in on your honeymoon?
  • Example: John Kipling and Alice MacDonald, future parents of writer Rudyard Kipling, got engaged on the banks of Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire, England.
  • Example: San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom named his daughter Montana because that’s where he and his wife got married.
  • Example: One of my commenters named her son Boston because she got engaged after running the Boston Marathon.

And now the fun part: What names can you come up with from your own relationship? What’s the story behind each one, and did you use (or do you plan to use) any of the names for your children?