… names. I always have been and I think I might always be.
This can be partly blamed on my upbringing, being raised with a pile of books and countless heros and heroines. Falling in love with them often meant falling in love with their names:
Alanna, Grainne, Lotta. Mio, Jonathan, Erik.
Often those names came from Astrid Lindgren’s universe, no wonder, as I was named from one of her books, as well.
I frequently visit Nameberry.com, whether a new child is born into our circle of friends and I want to learn about its name’s history, or if I just want to browse.
The site features a gimmick where one can keep lists of favourite names, which might come useful in the future.
But it is also possible to search for names according to categories (like “vintage names” or “German names”), rate names or discuss them on reader boards.
A recent article on the site is about Baby Shower Games, and though this American tradition isn’t commonly practised in Germany, one of the mentioned games might be fun for mothers-to-be.
It is about finding a name for the unborn baby, and though most of its outcomes probably won’t be used for the child the name game is a fun way to broaden one’s naming horizon.
“To help come up with some fresh ideas, ask the guests to fill in the blanks with names of people, places, and things important in their own lives.
Remember: the more individual and meaningful, the better. Feel free to improvise here, and please share your answers below!
A.) paternal great-grandmother’s first name + favorite tree
B.) place where you honeymooned + cartoon character
C.) favorite musician’s surname + father’s birth stone
D.) maternal grandmother’s maiden name + favorite color
E.) author of choice + favorite animal
F.) mother’s birthstone + father’s high school mascot
G.) favorite film character + mother’s alma mater
H.) your childhood nickname + grandfather’s occupation
I.) father’s middle name + street where you grew up
J.) children’s book character + paternal grandfather’s first name”
As most people, I probably won’t end up calling my kids “San Francisco Sylvester” or “Hexe Postman”, but the outcomes are funny.