On the heels of May, is Margery, nn Maisie, May or Daisy. This set of combos is the result of emailing back & forth all day, just so you know. I did stew on them ’til almost suppertime and have found a few in here I really find appealing. What do you think?

Margery Iris Adele– Iris makes me think of Grandma’s old place, this time of year, the irises would be everywhere! Adele I adore but stick here because he often says AY-dell, which drives me bananas. Here, he’s less likely to.

Margery Elinor Blythe – Elinor’s for the cousin, Blythe is one he really seems to like because he’s always putting it at the end like this. But he never seems to want it up front. Weird, yes but I think the combo’s pretty. 

Margery India Blythe – Alright, I’m still on that “India in the middle” kick. I just love it to pieces. And yeah, He put Blythe here too. I kind of like the imagery I get from this one.

Margery Alice Pearl– Alice for Me, Pearl because he came out of nowhere with it. I think wow, SNL babies here (Maya Rudolph has Pearl, Tina Fey, Alice)  But when I pointed that out, he went “huh?” so maybe it’s just me.

Margery Flora Jane – Flora for Florence, who I’m just not comfortable with up front (Josephine & Florence were my Mother’s two oldest half sisters) But Flora’s light and pretty and charms me to pieces. Jane for Mom.

Margery Esme Violet – Esme for G. Auntie Esmeralda, lovely woman, (clunky but gorgeous, not working with my surname name), Violet for Auntie Violet (Mom’s next oldest sister, the sweetest woman, treated me as her own)

Margery Lilias Pearl – Lilias is the Scots form of Lily, which is what Grandma Lilian was known as. Pearl, again, comes out of nowhere from him. I’ve asked his Mom, there’s no Pearl in the family!

Margery Elinor Primrose – Elinor &Primrose are cousins on his side, and I’m cool with that since Margery’s a cousin on mine!

Margery Elvira Lily – El-VEER-ah; was one of Grandma Lily’s sisters in law, And Lily’s for Lilian!

Margery Sibyl Violet – I’m just completely taken by Sibyl at the moment. I figure it can’t hurt much in the middle, right? and Violet’s for the special Aunt.



So there are the possibilities, anything grab you, pop out at you, anything you like?  I’d love to know! 


As always, thanks for stopping by!

May and her spicier variants

My Great Aunt May was a fabulous woman. Married months before WW1, widowed during, never remarried. Had a blast travelling the world and became a patron of the arts. Some of my earliest memories are of being at old Newark airport, waiting for her to arrive. Well, her or the Grandparents.  I’ve been told repeatedly by the family that she is the member I am most like. Which is cool, she was an awesome lady. But I know she always felt her name was too gentle and demure for her and while I like May exactly as she is, I was thinking “What would be a good way to spice May up, in a way May might like”?


So I went digging and came up with these variants that appeal in various ways:

Maybelle/Mabel (more Maybelle than Mabel, which reminds me of maple syrup: blech)

I thought about relating May to Mary (hence how Marian & Marigold got on this list). And if that works, I could also use Marilyn, for that lovely, living Auntie of mine.

But maybe my best bet is either Marguerite, nn Maisie (sound honoring) or just May. I considered Marguerite for Josephine briefly but in the end, just didn’t like it enough to keep it on the lists. I still do like it but am wondering if I like it enough. Somehow, I’m not sure I do. Maybe I should just think about May, alone. I’m not fond of May up front, so maybe in the middle somewhere?


What do you think of simple May and potentially, Margery nn Maisie?   Any of the others?  Worth trying to pair or no?