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Name Quotes #57: Gage, Ciku, Abigail Fortitude

George Clooney explaining why he and his wife Amal named their twins Alexander and Ella (People):

“[We] didn’t want to give them one of those ridiculous Hollywood names that don’t mean anything,” George told Paris Match in an interview published Saturday. “They’ll already have enough difficulty bearing the weight of their celebrity.”

Summary of a recent study on the practice of naming winter storms (WBIR):

The researchers presented their subjects with three mock tweets about an upcoming winter storm — either using names like “Bill,” “Zelus,” or no name at all — then asked them about their perceptions of the storm’s potential severity.

It turned out that the survey participants were equally likely to show concern for the storm regardless of whether common names such as Bill were used, rather than uncommon names, such as Zelus. This was a surprise to Rainear, who thought that more “Americanized” names might make people more wary.

On the origin of the name of the Slinky (New York Times):

[N]ext month the Toy Manufacturers of America will induct Betty James, 82, the retired toy maker who gave the Slinky its name, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Mrs. James came up with the name after deciding that Slinky best described the sound of a metal spring expanding and collapsing. Slinky, of course, meaning sort of stealthily quiet. Mrs. James did not have sexy evening wear in mind; it was 1943, after all, and there was a war.

On changing name trends in Kenya (SDE Kenya):

It is so 1980 for modern Kenyan parents to name their children after biblical figures. Ati names like Grace, Hannah, Sarah, Magdalene or Jane for their daughters is now a no-no. For sons, naming them Abednego or Adonijah sounds like a bad Sunday school dream.

[…]

Names like Peter and Paul, Esther and Lois were fashionable in their grandparents’ time and today, girls are named Tasha, Tanya or Tiffany, while boys go by cooler ones like Cy, Kyle, Declan and Sherwin.

…The article also mentioned that many traditional names now have modernized forms:

  • Wangui -> Kui
  • Waithiageni -> Sheni
  • Wanjiku -> Ciku
  • Wanjiru -> Ciru
  • Wambui -> Foi
  • Wacera -> Cera

“Modern parents have no qualms having them appear like that in official documents. Welcome to baby names in 21st century Kenya.”

Onomastician Cleveland Kent Evans vs. the baby name Gage (Washington Post):

But right now, Evans is pondering the sudden, explosive rise of the male first name Gage. From out of nowhere. There’s no record of this name, nothing in the texts, nothing anywhere. And yet just in the last couple of years, it’s been popping up all around the country.

[…]

Finally, he asked his students at Bellevue College near Omaha. One student got the reference immediately: “Emergency!” he said. Meaning the short-lived 1970s TV series, of course. Turns out there was a character named John Gage on that show, and he was generally addressed as Gage.

[…]

Incredibly, “Emergency!,” which aired opposite “60 Minutes” for four years, was exceedingly popular among elementary-school children.

One mom’s positive experience with revealing her son’s name during pregnancy (Popsugar)

One reason why people don’t reveal the baby’s name is to ward off other people’s opinions. I could tell there were a couple of my friends who didn’t like the name, but just like I didn’t get pregnant to please them, I’m wasn’t going to change his name for them either. Most people that I talked to had enough common sense to keep their opinions to themselves. Even if they didn’t, it wouldn’t have changed a thing.

My son’s name […] is special to me. I didn’t stop feeling that way once I told it to people — if anything, it made the pregnancy a whole lot easier.

From the script for Mother Is a Freshman (1949), about a 35-year-old widow, Abigail, who starts attending the college that her daughter Susan goes to:

Abigail: I mean about the Abigail Fortitude Memorial Scholarship.
Susan: The one they give to any girl whose first two names are Abigail Fortitude?
Abigail: Yes.
Susan: Clara Fettle says no one’s applied for it since 1907, and there’s zillions piling up.
Abigail: And you never told me!
Susan: Of course not.
Abigail: It never occurred to you that my first names are Abigail Fortitude–that I’ve had to put up with them all my life!
Susan: I know, Mom. It must have been awful.
Abigail [struck by thought]: Maybe that’s why my mother gave me those names. Maybe she know about the scholarship.

…Turns out the scholarship had been set up by Abigail’s grandmother, also named Abigail Fortitude.

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Name Quotes #48 – Tasha, Tiberius, Mi Mi

Time for more name-related quotes!

From a recent E! Online interview with Jordan Peele [vid], who spoke about choosing a baby name:

We definitely want pick a name that has a certain positivity that will counter this barbaric, negative time that we’re in right now.

From the 2008 New York Times obituary of illustrator/author Tasha Tudor:

Starling Burgess, who later legally changed both her names to Tasha Tudor, was born in Boston to well-connected but not wealthy parents. Her mother, Rosamond Tudor, was a portrait painter, and her father, William Starling Burgess, was a yacht and airplane designer who collaborated with Buckminster Fuller. […] She was originally nicknamed Natasha by her father, after Tolstoy’s heroine in “War and Peace.” This was shortened to Tasha. After her parents divorced when she was 9, Ms. Tudor adopted her mother’s last name.

(Her four kids were named Seth, Bethany, Thomas, and Efner (female). One of Tudor’s books was called Edgar Allan Crow (1953).)

On the new scientific name of Australia’s “Blue Bastard” fish:

Queensland Museum scientist Jeff Johnson, who identified the species from photos taken last year by a Weipa fisherman, has formally christened it Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus – a direct Latin translation of the colloquial name anglers bestowed on a fish famously difficult to land.

Caeruleo is blue and nothus is bastard. That was the origin of the name applied by fishermen for many years and I thought, why should I argue with that? It seemed like a perfect name [to] me,” Johnson told Guardian Australia.

“I wondered what the reviewers of the paper would say about it but they both agreed it was quintessentially Australian and we should go ahead.”

From the book My Life as a List: 207 Things about My (Bronx) Childhood (1999) by Linda Rosenkrantz (of Nameberry!):

Before I was born, my mother had decided to name me either Laurel or Lydia, names that appealed to her artistic temperament. But then somehow, while under the scrim of anesthesia, she was convinced by my father’s sisters to make me a lackluster Ruth, in honor of their recently deceased mother, Rose. And so my birth certificate read Ruth Leila, a name I was never, ever called by my mother, either of my father’s sisters or anyone else.

(Here’s more in Linda’s post The Story of How I Got Hooked on Names.)

On the names of the Mordvins, an indigenous group in Russia:

While walking along some river bank, not far from the Volga line, we might encounter some pleasant people called Kvedor, Markva, Valdonya and Nekhot and not realise that in Russian they would be Fyodor, Marfa, Svetlana and Mefody aka Theodore, Martha, Svetlana and Methodius.

This sort of phenomenon happens because of the Finno-Ugric special phonetic and secret lore. Any sound which is not familiar to their native tongue will be changed and adapted to suit the native tastes.

From an article in the Tampa Bay Times about transgender name changes:

[E]arlier this year in Augusta, Ga., Superior Court Judge J. David Roper declined to change the name of a college student from Rebeccah Elizabeth to Rowan Elijah Feldhaus.

“I don’t know anybody named Elijah who’s female,” the judge said, according to a court transcript. “I’m not going to do that. I’ve never heard of that. And I know who Elijah was, one of the greatest men who ever lived.”

Months later, he ruled similarly in the case of a transgender man who wanted to legally become Andrew Baumert, the name by which he said everyone already knew him. The judge refused. “My policy has been that I will not change a name from an obviously female to an obviously male name, and vice versa,” he said.

NPR writer Lateefah Torrence on choosing a baby name:

Having grown up in a working-class world, Frank is sensitive to names that he finds “pretentious” while as the outsider black kid, I worry about names that sound “too white.” I must admit that I have mostly rolled my eyes at his unease with my never-ending list of suggestions from world mythology and literature. He suggests Molly; I counter with Aziza. He brings William to the table; I suggest Tiberius.

(Lateefah was also featured in last month’s quote post.)

From a 1958 article in The Atlantic on Burmese Names by Mi Mi Khaing:

One or more of a Burmese child’s names is almost certain to show the day on which he was born–a survival from our belief that human destiny is linked with the stars. Certain letters of the alphabet are ascribed to each day, so that a “Thursday’s child” would have one name beginning with our P, B, or M.

Burmese is a monosyllabic language, and each part of our names is an actual word that means something, or even several things, depending on how it is pronounced. Thus I am “Little Mother” (Mi Mi) “Branch of the Tree” (Khaing) (though “khaing” can also mean “firm”) […] [a] merchant I know was aptly named “Surmounting a Hundred Thousand,” while the Rector of Rangoon University, Dr. Htin Aung, is “Distinguished and Successful.”

Being so handsomely named is not embarrassing, however, because we become so used to our names, and those of our friends, that we only think of the person and remember their names by their sound.

Perfume Names as Baby Names

Perfume Names as Baby NamesWe all know that brand names are being used more and more often as baby names, and that brands associated with luxury or high status (e.g. Bentley, Tiffany) are particularly enticing to expectant parents.

So it’s not too surprising that there are a lot of people out there named after designer fragrances–women’s perfumes in particular, but men’s colognes and unisex fragrances as well. Here are two dozen examples:

Ajee
1994: Ajee perfume introduced by Revlon.
1994: The baby name Ajee debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. (It was the top debut name for girls that year.) Given to at least 301 baby girls and 35 baby boys since then.

Allure
1996: Allure perfume introduced by Chanel.
1997: The baby name Allure debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 193 baby girls since then.

Andron
1981: Andron perfume introduced by Jovan.
1981: The baby name Andron debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 65 baby boys since then.

Aviance
1975: Aviance perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1975: The baby name Aviance debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 439 baby girls since then.

Azuree
1969: Azurée perfume introduced by Estée Lauder.
1975: The baby name Azuree debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 93 baby girls since then.

Celisse
1982: Celisse perfume introduced by Dana.
1982: The baby name Celisse debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 102 baby girls since then.

Chimere
1979: Chimère perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1979: The baby name Chimere debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 817 baby girls and 5 baby boys since then. Cracked the top 1,000 for girls in 1980 and 1981.

Cristalle
1977: Cristalle perfume introduced by Chanel.
1977: The baby name Cristalle debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 64 baby girls since then.

Drakkar
1972: Drakkar cologne introduced by Guy Laroche.
1982: Drakkar Noir cologne introduced by Guy Laroche.
1987: The baby name Drakkar debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 137 baby boys since then.

Enjoli
1978: Enjoli perfume introduced by Revlon.
1978: The baby name Enjoli debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. (It was the top debut name for girls that year.) Given to at least 848 baby girls since then.

Envy
1997: Envy perfume introduced by Gucci.
1999: The baby name Envy debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 212 baby girls and 5 baby boys since then.

Eternity
1988: Eternity perfume introduced by Calvin Klein.
1990: The baby name Eternity debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 929 baby girls since then.

Euphoria
2005: Euphoria perfume introduced by Calvin Klein.
2007: The baby name Euphoria debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 6 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Jadore
1999: J’adore perfume introduced by Christian Dior.
2000: The baby name Jadore debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 183 baby girls and 15 baby boys since then.

Jontue
1975: Jontue perfume introduced by Revlon.
1977: The baby name Jontue debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 34 baby girls and 77 baby boys since then.

Lutece
1984: Lutèce perfume introduced by Houbigant.
1986: The baby name Lutece debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 17 baby girls since then (two-hit wonder).

Nahema
1979: Nahéma perfume introduced by Guerlain.
1981: The baby name Nahema debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 8 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Raffinee
1982: Raffinée perfume was introduced by Houbigant.
1982: The baby name Raffinee debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 38 baby girls since then.

Safari
1990: Safari perfume introduced by Ralph Lauren.
1992: The baby name Safari debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 124 baby girls since then.

Samsara
1989: Samsara perfume introduced by Guerlain.
1991: The baby name Samsara debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 25 baby girls since then.

Senchal
1981: Senchal perfume introduced by Charles of the Ritz.
1982: The baby name Senchal debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 7 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Sensi
2003: Sensi perfume introduced by Giorgio Armani.
2006: The baby name Sensi debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 5 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Toccara
1981: Toccara perfume introduced by Avon.
1981: The baby name Toccara debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 961 baby girls and 14 baby boys since then. Toccara cracked the top 1,000 for girls in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Tresor
1990: Trésor perfume introduced by Lancôme.
1997: The baby name Tresor debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 5 baby girls since then.

Ysatis
1984: Ysatis perfume introduced by Givenchy.
1988: The baby name Ysatis debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 24 baby girls since then.

**Late addition (thanks Julie!):

Charisma
1968: Charisma perfume introduced by Avon.
1968: The baby name Charisma debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 2,934 baby girls since then.

**Another late addition (thanks Blue Juniper!):

Natori
1995: Natori perfume introduced by Avon
1995: The baby name Natori debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 354 baby girls and 6 baby boys since then.

**Two more I’ve discovered (January, 2015):

Antaeus
1981: Antaeus cologne introduced by Chanel.
1981: The baby name Antaeus debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 70 baby boys since then.

Pavi Elle
1983: Pavi Elle perfume introduced by Avon.
1983: The baby name Pavielle debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 131 baby girls since then.

**Five more (May, 2015):

Cachet
1970: Cachet perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1972: The baby name Cachet debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 285 baby girls since then.

Elan
1968: Elan perfume introduced by Coty.
1969: The baby name Elan debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 666 baby girls since then.

Florecita
2007: Florecita perfume introduced by Revelations.
2007: The baby name Florecita debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 14 baby girls since then.

Lahana
1992: Lahana perfume introduced by Avon.
1992: The baby name Lahana debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 31 baby girls since then.

Odyssey
1981: Odyssey perfume introduced by Avon.
1982: The baby name Odyssey debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 43 baby girls and 5 baby boys since then.

How many babies is that in total? More than 5,700 8,600 9,100 10,400.

And I’m sure that’s not all. Other fragrance names are harder to figure out, though. For instance, names like Aramis, Ciara, Devin, Imari, Jovan, Stetson and Tasha were surely helped out by the corresponding fragrances, even though they existed beforehand. And names like Armani and Fendi could have been inspired by fragrances, or they could have been inspired by something else associated with those particular fashion houses.

Can you think of any other perfumes that might have been used as baby names? Let me know and I’ll look them up!