The photos above are all images featured on this blog in 2011; they're either some favorite images of mine or pictures of some of my favorite things.
Yep, more favorites from 2011 today! I hope it's not too masturbatory to compile favorites from my own posts and lists. The thing is that since I'm often writing on names as they relate to other subjects, I don't always get the chance to talk about which names I simply love the most.
For today's second and final installation of favorites, I want to talk about my number one names for each sex, your favorite list, and a whopping list of my favorites from all the names and name combinations covered on this blog. (exhale) Heavy!
-- So, what are my number one name crushes right now for each sex? I never divulge the number one or two names I'm actually considering for my future children (not pregnant right now), but that works out, because my current favorites are actually ones I can't use because they are too close to my own children's names or don't match in style (and one of them was vetoed by my husband.)
Jane-Reve (Reve, the french word for 'dream', sounds like rev, as in "rev your engines".) -- This was my number one pick for our second daughter, but my husband refused it based on it's hyphenation. Non-hyphenation was a deal breaker for me (with this particular name), so away it went. Double names are a staple of Southern (American) culture, and a staple that's peppered *all* over my family tree; my adult sister still goes by her double name at all times. I like taking old traditions (double names, smooshing, maternal surnames as middles, etc) and breathing new life into them. The hyphenation honors the frenchness of Reve and, to me, makes a double name more indivisible. I would also not usually suggest pairing two one-syllable names together, but when it works, it works. Both Jane and Reve are in my top ten names of all time, and together, they're unstoppable. But they're completely off the table for us now, even if my husband had a change of heart, due their closeness to both June and Reverie, which we've used. This double name will be revisited in a post dedicated to a new generation of double names!
Junius Nightingale 'Jules' or 'Jin'-- While I may very well still use Nightingale, Junius is off the table for this family, considering we often refer to our second as simply 'June'. My love of the middle name Nightingale on a little boy was completely solidified when I came across the name David Nightingale Hicks, on the father of India Hicks (mother to little girl Domino). I love it because it honors my mother's middle name, Gail, albeit in a very roundabout way. 'Jules' works here, in my opinion, if middle name contains an 'l', and even without-- 'Sally' from Sarah comes to mind, along with tons more examples of nicknames that aren't super straight forward.
Salvador Bluejay 'Sully'-- I love Sully. If we'd not established a different style, Salvador 'Sully' would likely be a first pick for me. Bluejay honors my father.
--Your favorite list? O girl! has definitely been your favorite list. You can see my most popular posts to the right, but not all of them are categorical name lists. And while the Japanese names list has had more page hits, many of those visits are coming from various google searches which have little to do with names. When I subtract those searches, O Girl! absolutely becomes my most popular list. And let me say, while O girl! goes *beyond* Harlow, Marlo, Willow, and Shiloh, I am in no way dismissing these four beautiful names! While it's not really my style to publicly trash any name--they're all attached to real people to be sure-- the aforementioned names we're moving "beyond" in this post are names I do actually like; I'm simply using them as a take-off point for more -o ending names, since these four have been such hot topics of discussion already. Provided you aren't just tacking an 'o' onto the end of a name/word, you will almost never hear me dismiss an -o ending name. period. My favorites, other than the one we used for our own daughter? At the moment I'm really liking Billow, Farrow and Yarrow.
-- Now, for my favorites from all the names featured here in 2011-- how many favorites are too many, such that the word sort of looses it's meaning? Yes, this list is long -- be prepared-- but it's really only a small fraction of the total names I've featured so far on this blog. So here it is, my favorite names featured so far.
Betti (b/c I haven't featured Betty yet.)
Betsy (many ways to get here, but I love none of them as much as this nickname)
Daisy (by way of Margaret, Marguerite, Theodosia, or on it's own, I love Daisy forever)
Este (so many ways to get this nickname, mostly love them all)
Flo (by way of Florence or Fallow)
Gardenia (this might be my favorite flower name right now)
Gladys (with Alice so fetching these days, a similar sounding name with 'glad' in it sounds increasingly lovely to my ears)
Jane (top ten favorites)
Lula (by way of Louise or Tallulah)
Marjoram (though really I like the french version Marjolaine or Marjoline better, I haven't technically featured them)
May (as a first name, it still isn't used so frequently. I love it paired with Margaret)
Maxine (my own aunt goes by 'Mackie')
Maxine (my own aunt goes by 'Mackie')
Mim (by way of Miriam or a MM alliterative combination like Mary Matilde)
Virgina (top ten favorite names of all time)
Zuzu (by way of Susannah, Suzume, or Zulema)
Ernest (or Earnest)
Ignatious (Iggy, of course)
Sol (has to be in my top ten for it's simple beauty)
Sully (by way of Sullivan, Salvador, or on it's own. Sully is my favorite boy's name these days, I think.)
Ren or Rin
Wren (I know several male Wrens and I think it's lovely)
Names I love in the middle (or right upfront for the more daring) and I know I'm leaving some out:
Dahlia (she seems the perfect balance to so, so many names)
Margaret (to balance a more adventuresome first name, especially if it's slightly hippie leaning)
Philomeno / Philomela
Tigerlily (thank you to Nook of Names for turning me onto this one!)
Favorite combos (some of these are from real people and some are my own or guest's creations):
Autumn Apple Windseed (while I might not use it myself, it makes me so happy to see it!)
Carole Calliope (Coco)
Marigold March (I listed it last time, I know, but dang-- alliteration, nature, word name, wow.)
Reve Concordia Wilde
Sequoia Cas (Suki)
Ernest Snow 'Ernie'
Otis Francisco (from Ina May's Guide to Childbirth)
Of course, not all of my favorites are here, because I've yet to write about them all!
What are your absolute most favorite names? What would you name a child if you were giving birth soon? Any that you love in pairings, if not so much on their own?
(Images: 1 is mine, 2 by Zoe of Le Dans La, 3 by Jeana Sohn , 4 from The Farm in Summertown TN found here, 5 by Natsuko Hagiwara of Me & Arrow, 6 is mine, 7 by Ariana)