May 16, 2009

LMC Offspring Name Sweepstakes

Monica Mink, you are right--"Bridget" [LMC] really does not flow well enough. "Colleen" is out--the only Colleen Mrs. LMC knew was a head case. "Eleanor" is still hanging in there, "Barbara" was axed because of Barbra Streisand, "Maura" is moving up fast, and, thanks to Groovy Vic, "Victoria" is back in consideration. "Abigail" is now under consideration as well but "Condileeza" is not, despite my best efforts.

Posted by LMC at May 16, 2009 10:36 AM | TrackBack

Eleanor is lovely (and "Ellie" as a nickname...remember you always have to consider the inevitable nickname). So is Maura, and as long as you like all the nicknames for Victoria (Tori, Vicki, etc), that's nice, too, and not seen a whole lot these days. My youngest is Laura, and I get a lot of compliments on it. People know I'm a General Hospital fan and also a GW Bush fan, so I get asked if it's for "Luke and Laura" or the former (lovely, elegant, awesome) First Lady. (It's for neither; I just liked it!)

Posted by: Mink Monica at May 16, 2009 01:42 PM

It's possible "Abigail" (Abby) violates the "too popular" rule.

Posted by: Mink Monica at May 16, 2009 01:44 PM

Steve-O backchanneled to me the suggestion "Georgiana Patton LMC".

So far as I'm concerned, the search is over.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at May 16, 2009 03:36 PM

You're welcome!

Georgiana is pretty too...I like it!

Posted by: GroovyVic at May 16, 2009 03:48 PM

Maura was chosen by my daughter at her confirmation, and I think it is lovely. I also like Veronica, as long as you can bear hearing her called Ronnie!

Posted by: old school lady at May 17, 2009 02:42 AM

"Barbara-Barbra" - it's some problem. Streisand will be dead soon, so I don't see that you have to stay away from it for that, but the spelling variants are not so good. The "Katherine" constellation is just dreadful: Kathryn, Cathryn, Catherine, ick. We tried to get names for our boys and our girl which had unambiguous spelling. Unambiguous gender, too, stay away from 'Tyler', 'Cameron' etc.

There are some names which get retired because of notorious examples: Hillary, Adolf. I don't think Barbara is in that category. Probably Monica will revive, too, after a few years.

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Posted by: babs at May 18, 2009 06:37 AM

How about Guinevere?

(Not that I condone extra-marital hanky-panky, just that it is a pretty name)

Posted by: rbj at May 18, 2009 08:14 AM

Now we're getting into the tortured category...names that do not come trippingly off the tongue, and are often spelled wrong. Pretty sure Sophia is in the "too popular" category. I'm still leaning towards the names which end in "a" as sounding best with the surname. Therefore, I axe Barbara and Abigail, but make a special exception for Eleanor. Face it, the last name could sound even more like an upper respiratory virus if you don't pick a pretty, feminine name.

Posted by: Mink Monica at May 18, 2009 10:45 AM

May I just throw out a few that you could enter into the sweepstakes mainly as bargaining names to be removed in order to save one you prefer more...

Andromache, Cassiopea, Uschi, Olga, Fritzi, Bathsheba, and Jezebel.

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at May 18, 2009 02:35 PM

Jezebel is teh awesome! My mother wanted "Freda" and "Jutta", I kid you not, before dear Daddy put the ki-bosh on that. As for Greek heroines, put Penelope and Cassandra in your pocket. I wonder if "Penny/Penelope" has enjoyed a resurgence from the LOST teevee series.

Favorites so far are Ellie/Eleanor, Laura (preferred only a whisker more than Maura) and of course "Georgiana Patton Jezebel."

Posted by: Mink Monica at May 18, 2009 06:21 PM

Monica Mink, I was on the receiving end of taunts as a child to the effect that the old surname was a cold remedy or a description of light, misty rain. But I regress . . .

Penelope is a fav from The Odyssey (and Persephone as long as we are on the literature of dead white males).

Posted by: LMC at May 18, 2009 06:58 PM

Sophie instead of Sophia--comments anyone?

Posted by: LMC at May 18, 2009 07:00 PM

I've always thought Sophie to be sorta "precious." Also evokes the cheese-eating surrender-monkeys.

Is the aforementioned Penelope under consideration? We likes it!

Posted by: Mink Monica at May 19, 2009 09:17 AM