Cosmo – Yeah, Cosmo

Today is Cosmo’s day.

Cosmo was my Great Granddad’s name, my Paternal Grandmother’s Pop. He was really ancient when I was a kid. I mean, I thought he was a hundred when I was 6. He was actually 98 then. Died the week before my 8th birthday.  Two weeks shy of 100. He was never without his cane, an intricately carved affair with  gold knob at the top. He moved slowly when he did move but always had a smile on his face. He used to tell us stories of fishing in the Mediterranean as a young man.  He grew up in Thessaloníki, according to the family History. (not that I ever thought to ask where in Greece he was from when I was a kid!). I wish I had thought to ask. I would’ve asked why he wandered into Southern Germany in his early 30’s (where he swept G/Grandma Rosamel off her feet). But alas, the things we think of after the fact. I went to Thessaloniki at 18, a present from my Uncle. I love the country and the area. I’ve said it before,  there are places I’ve been that I wish I’d never gone home. Thessaloniki is one of them. 



Cosmo strikes me as cheerful and happy. Warm, friendly and fun too.  He’s almost pugnacious, in fact. A very confident sounding moniker.
Any kid of mine seems to have a swagger. Even Josephine, who’s got a shy streak has a swagger when she’s comfortable. And it’s getting bigger. Leo had the biggest swagger as a kid, nothing stopped him and no one could try to tell him not to do something. Simon was a bit more laid back, but again, don’t try to tell him not to do something. They get that bit from me. Even as a kid, if you told me I couldn’t, I would, just because. If Mom wanted to not to do something because she thought it ws dangerous, she learned to say “You shouldn’t” not “You can’t”. Even now, tell me I can’t and I will.  😀


 Cosmo Henry Graham MacK. Sounds handsome, charming; successful and happy, doesn’t he? (H.G. Was his G.Grandpa) How could he sound any less? As expansive as the Universe that is his name, Cosmo truly is a wonderful sounding and feeling moniker. And it’s fun to write out too! (Try it for yourself, Cosmo.. see? 🙂  )

C – O – S -M – O!


Some of the runner up combos, just in case you thought, oh, G. Grandpa/G.Grandpa – that’s default!

Cosmo Vincent Rafael
Cosmo Alasdair George
Cosmo Valentin George
Cosmo Edward George
Cosmo Lucien George (He was besotted with Lucien because it feels like a Lycan name (even though it’s spelled Lucian in the movie), yes, he’s an ‘Underworld’ fan – and I don’t say that lightly)
Cosmo Henry Sofiel
Cosmo Aurelius George
Cosmo Francis Graham
Cosmo Eliot Graham
Cosmo Edmund Graham
Cosmo Henry Gavriil (who is still my personal favorite)
Cosmo Henry Damian (He rather fancies this one)
Cosmo Henry George


So you can see, Cosmo Henry Graham was no default choice!

I realise that some folks are always going to say “But that’s a magazine;… drink;… stupid fairy;… crazy neighbor on Seinfeld” but I figure when they meet him, it’ll blow away the other preconceived thoughts and be simply Him.  I thoroughly love Cosmo.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bethany
    Nov 08, 2008 @ 21:04:53

    Hey Lola it’s BZ from Name that Baby! =D
    I love your blog and your names.
    I have a lovely picture in my head of your Great Granddad Cosmo. My favourite combo has to be Cosmo Henry George. Classically gorgeous!


  2. Lola
    Nov 08, 2008 @ 21:16:04

    Hiya BZ! Lovely to see you here! Thanks! It’s nice I’m not the only one with the picture now. 🙂 Thanks for the compliment/comment too!


  3. Mia
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 18:34:40

    I like Cosmo a lot. It’s a really cheerful name in my ears, and if he’s a stupid cartoon fairy, at least he’s a happy one. I don’t think that is an association that will hold up over time, anyway. People spend a lot more time being adults than children, and I think Cosmo grows up well. The fond family connection makes it a winner twice over.

    I like Cosmo Lucien George and Cosmo Henry George.

    (This is Saoirse from Name that Baby, btw…)


  4. Lola
    Nov 11, 2008 @ 20:27:38

    I knew it was you! 🙂 (I read what’s in people’s sig files, really!)
    I agree with you, I don’t name babies, I name small adults! 😀 Thanks for the votes but at this point it’s Cosmo Henry Graham with Cosmo Henry Gavriil & Cosmo Henry Damian being tied for second.

    For the record, I read the mag, drink the drink, occasionally and rather find the fairy funny. (and Kramer? he reminds me of Leo!) Cosmo’s aces to me and is definitely staying as #1. He’s warmed to him a bit says “well, at least he’s got a great sound” and says it makes him think of Carl Sagan. But if I have to, I’ll play the “I just pushed out a baby and I’m going to name him X” card. I don’t care. He’s awesome, and worth it.


  5. babynamelover
    May 06, 2009 @ 22:17:19

    Wow how kewl to have a Great Granddad called Cosmo!!

    Cosmo Henry George is my favourite 🙂


  6. Lola
    May 07, 2009 @ 10:21:51

    Mine too. He sits at #4 these days, but he’ll never leave the list entirely! 🙂 He was a great guy and to date, no one’s honored him. I’d love to be the one that does! 😀


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