The Popular Kids I Like

Just in case you’ve been reading this blog and think I completely shun anything remotely normal, I thought I’d post a list of the guys & gals that I like, ranked in the top 100. I like them, but could never bring myself to use them. I still like hearing these on other people’s kids!

 

The Girls – rank in 2007:

Isabel – 86
Lily – 27
Elizabeth – 10
Katherine – 39
Anna – 25
Lillian – 33
Sophie – 82
Caroline – 99

And The Boys – rank in 2007:

William – 8
Alexander – 11
James – 15
John – 19
Nicholas – 20
Gabriel -28
Robert – 47
Diego – 58
Julian – 66
Xavier – 68
Sebastian – 72
Henry – 91
Steven – 97 
Timothy – 100

Some of these I wish were higher ranking, so I’d hear them a bit more. Especially on the boys side, Robert, Steven & Timothy particulalrly please me and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Sophie, Elizabeth, Katherine & Lillian.

 

So, I do like some popular, mainstream, completly normal names. I just choose to go off the beaten path a bit more than most.

The Freaky Weird Girls

Well, that’s what I used to call them but I’ve grown rather attached to the following beauties (remember, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder [Not that Beholder doesn’t conjure up monsters for me!]). I just thought, after the Popular Kids post, that I really should try swinging in the opposite direction!  So, here, for your enjoyment are my favorite ‘Freaky Weird Girls’

Tullia– feminine of Tullius, as in Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Petronella/Petronel – a German (among others) feminine form of Peter.

Philomela – Greek, meaning “friend of song”, she’s got a nasty story but in the end, is transformed into a nightingale.

Silke– a German nickname for Celia, pronounced Zil-kə.

Salome– such a pretty sound: sal-OH- may. She’s got a bum rap as the chick who demanded John the Baptist’s head but there was a Salome at the crucifixion as well as later at the tomb, among the women who discovered it empty.

Minu/Minoo– Means ‘Heaven’ in Persian. Minoo’s a variant spelling that makes me smile. It feels like a flower. Beats Nevaeh!

Eos– is the Greek version of the Roman Aurora. Eos is easier to say and looks more awesome too.

Celandine– is a flower name, comes from the Greek word for "swallow" (as in the bird, not the action). Sell-an-deen, such a pretty sound. She’s the ‘cellar door’ of names, for me.

Lettice– No, she’s not produce, she’s the Medieval form of Leticia/Letitia/Laetitia. I love Medieval names and find this one so light and charming. If it wasn’t for the similar vegetable lettUce, I’d use her in a heartbeat. I adore her.

Eglantine– Another flower name, she’s more commonly Sweetbrier. She’s in Chaucer’s ‘The Prioress’s Tale’. Told you I was a sucker for Medieval names!

Clothilde– Pronounced: clo-TEELD, she’s light, lyrical and lovely. Sadly, everyone and their third Uncle  sees the ‘clot’ and thinks it’s awful. She was the wife of Frankish Clovis the Great, whom she converted to Christianity.

Pomeline – She’s actually on my working list, she’s French, for little apple. If only Gwyneth had known!

Cleome– is actually a flower (you may know it as a spider flower) clee-oh-MAY, isn’t she pretty?

Ottoline– in reality, she’s just really uncommon, not weird but ot-TEH-leen is light, beautiful and lovely. She’s at least got some precedent; Lady Ottoline Morrell and storybook Miss Ottoline Brown. Makes Ottoline as least nominally familiar sounding. And I adore her, she’s my #2 name for a girl.

Cecily & Cecilia

 Cecilia has been one of my favorite names since at least Kindergarten.  It was my Babci’s name.  I was nearly cecilypatchwork2named for her which would have been weird as a kid, as my BFF is named Cecilia!  So, move forward all these years later and I am still loving Cecilia. Seems like a perfect sister for Josephine, no? If I named another girl Cecilia, she’d get lost with the three cousins I have already named that. They go by Ceil, Celia & Cecilia. Funnily enough, those cousins are half cousins and their Grandmother was Catherine. My Babci was wife #2!  So I started looking around for variants and rolled right into Cecily. Cecily’s perfect! She’s a bit frilly but no lacy little darling; Cecily’s got a core of steel. I like that the Cec- girls are also feminised boy names, in this case, from Cecil (which came from the Roman family name Caecilius, which was derived from Latin caecus” blind”. I don’t care about the meaning, my association is with Babci and St. Cecilia, patron Saint of Music! 

We have finally decided on a combo: Cecily Pandora Jane. Cecily for My Babci, Pandora for his Mother, Jane for my Mom (her middle name).  It wasn’t easy coming to that decision either, here’s what we ran through coming to CPJ, in just the last three months (I won’t bore you with anything before that!):

Cecily Frances Rupinder           Cecily Jemima Frances 
Cecily Zuleika Jane                   Cecily Rosalind Elinor
Cecily Esme Valentine              Cecily Mathilda Jane
Cecily Pomeline Jane                Cecily Eglantine Jane
Cecily Tallulah Alice                Cecily Juno Valentine
Cecily Saskia Jane                    Cecily Frances Petronel
Cecily Henrietta Plum              Cecily Frances Innogen
Cecily Harriet Valentina           Cecily Jemima Rosaline
Cecily Wilhelmina Violet          Cecily Jemima Marigold
Cecily Winifred Violet              Cecily Jemima Llanfaire
Cecily Flora Marilyn                 Cecily Frances Baudelaire
Cecily Marilyn Grace                Cecily Frances Ophelia
Cecily Marilyn Iris

😀 So you can see, Cecily Pandora Jane was no easy feat. It’s taken me a long time to warm up to Pandora.   I still am a tiny bit wary but I figure, in the middle she’s less likely to cause any damage in middle school. And if they give her too much grief, she can always say “It’s my NanaHoney’s name!” and that’s that.

 

Cecily’s absolutely terrific, feminine, strong, lyrical and the teensiest bit soft. I absolutely love her.