I recently obtained a sweet, little book at the library by way of slight tragedy: Nona's daddy accidentally turned in all of her new birthday books to the library, along with the library books he was returning. When I called the library they were able to pin them all down, but when I got there two days later to retrieve them, only one was left remaining for me to claim. Someone took them right off an employee's desk, in spite of a note on top stating what they were. In some attempt to make the outcome a bit less upsetting to Nona, I headed for the used book sale room and found this little gem, Attic of the Wind (written by Dorris Herald Lund and illustrated by Ati Forberg) for only 50 cents, which is quite the bargain. I also got all of my late fees dropped by a pretty embarrassed librarian.
I picked it up because of the pretty cover and bought it in a bit of a hurry, but when we got home, sad as we were for our lost books, I was so happy to really take in this little treasure from 1966 and it's amazing illustrations! It's also packed full of beautiful words, as every good book should be, and many of them make for intriguing name choices. Given the mix of nature, vintage and Scandinavian names this book has to offer, get ready for some exciting pairings!
Here are the names from the book (in order of appearance):
Doris (I'm ready to see her popping up again. She might just be the new old Alice, actually.)
Herald (what do we think about this one being on a lady? it's spelling makes it more of a word name? is it ready for a come back?)
Lund ( I sure like the sound of this Norwegian and Swedish surname. With Luna being a bit popular these days, Lund's sound could appeal to those who also like the surname-as-first-name thing.)
Wind (Similar enough to Wim and Winnie for me to like it. I like the idea of using it up front with a classic middle name, and Wind can easily go by Winnie or Win if she or he wants to down the road.)
Cloud (such a beautiful word. I love the name Claude for it's likeness.)
Blossom (Can we shake the 90's sitcom? Maybe not, but young 20 somethings will be able to, and the next crop of parents won't even have to think about it.)
Dandelion (this is up there with Tigerlily, I think, and it has so many great nickname options!)
Butterfly (if not on it's own, what about the name of a type of butterfly? See British Baby Name's post of the matter, if this appeals to you!)
Gust (I can see this working on a little boy, for those with a love of nature and word names, and it's so similar in sound to Gus.)
Sail (We've seen Sailor, but with word names becoming more popular, I can see this one happening, too. It is not so unlike Saint in sound.... a little Arthur Sail, anyone?)
Hero (I've seen this one popping up here and there on little girls. I likey.)
Valentine (I don't need to sell this one. classic. beautiful.)
Golden (this one is great for smooshing, and on it's own, too!)
Using all of the names from today's list, and using it's vintage, nature, word-name and Scandinavian themes as inspiration, here are some pairings I like:
Miriam Feather Augusta (Mim)
Jane Hero Valentine (nothing plain about this!)
Sun Harriet (Sunny)
Lullula Summer Claudine
Hubert Bravely (Hugh)
Albertus Golden (Bertie)
Rupert Sail (Ru)
Whimbrel Frank (Whim)
Any favorites on the list? What vintage names would you like to see them paired with? What are your favorite vintage books for children? Any gems in them?
We've seen a bit of a break from the holiday goings on around here, but I'll be back with more holiday goodness by the week's end!
(images: mine. sorry for the near blinded-by-the-light photos this go round!)