Saturday, June 18, 2016

My naming advice to myself

I'll admit, I had a very rough time choosing a name for my daughter. For my son, we had a list of about ten names going into the hospital, narrowed it down to three once we saw what he looked like, and then my husband suddenly put his bossy pants on and said, "It's this one." Easy. With our daughter born in March, the list was three times longer and even though I narrowed it down to three like before, I left the hospital without a name picked. We called the hospital the next day to make at least one of them official, but it didn't feel right. I poured over my lists all night. Our top name suddenly felt boring, while the runner-up was so beautiful I really wanted to pick it, but it didn't look like her. Even after making her name official I considered a few others, wondering if one of them would jump out and say, "Why didn't you pick me?!"

I asked myself, what advice would I give to a friend having trouble making a decision?

- You've spent loads of time picking these names, researching and giving thoughtful consideration to each one. None of them are random and they all mean something to you, so logically, any of them would make a fine choice. So relax.

- What is your top priority? Focus on that. Do you want other people to gush over it? Or do you want to feel like, to you, it's the prettiest name in the world, regardless of what other people think? Do you want it to be masculine, feminine, flowy, sparkly, or strong? Do you want her to have to spell it and say it repeatedly? Does it matter more if the name is very unique, or would you go with a popular name if it felt perfect on your baby? Maybe the most important thing is that it's a family name, or maybe you want it to match a sibling's name.

- What does she look like? When you call her this name, does it feel right? Does it make you happy? Do you love explaining it to other people, and when someone trashes the name does it make you want to defend it, or do you get embarrassed?

- Tell people your options, and mind their reaction. If you tell five people the name and all five of them make a sour face (or verbal disgust for it), you might not want your child to deal with everyone disliking the name, even if Mom and Dad love it. However, if everyone says "What a pretty name!" and you still don't want to use it, go with that gut feeling.

- Consider her future. This is not your name, she will not be you. Without guessing what kind of personality, career, or talents she'll have, think of what you know for sure. 1) In 2016 the top 10 girls names are Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Isabella, Mia, Abigail, Emily, Charlotte, and Harper, while the rest of the top 1000 has choices that range from dated, ethnic, wildcard and nickname-y. These are the girls she will be in school with, the names of kids in her neighborhood and relatives. 2) Consider what state and city she lives in. A religious community? A hip and understanding community? Maybe there are three Kaylee's on your block alone, and you don't want her to be #4 or Kaylee N. 3) Consider the state of the world. For example, I doubt many people are naming their babies Isis right now, and I don't think Bertha is ready to come back to life just yet (or ever). Certain things are popular right now, too, just like Twilight made a few names super hip. 4) Judging by what you and your partner look like, you'll know if she's likely to be tall, brown-eyed, freckled, and probably what hair color, so what do you think she'll look like when she's your age? Look at a picture of your grandma and see if Granny looks like an Emma or a Raven. Genetics are powerful.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Trystine

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Ametrine

A gorgeous natural mixture of amethyst and citrine, this beautiful name can hardly say its been used at all - in fact there are likely as few as two people in the U.S. named Trystine. While the stone itself is known as ametrine (amethyst + citrine as a smush word) or golden amethyst, it is naturally found in Bolivia, thus the trade-name is Bolivianite. There are several varieties of quartz, including onyx, Tiger's eye, rock crystal, and amethyst and citrine individually.

To be clear, a gemstone is a "mineral crystal" and it can be a precious or semi-precious stone. When cut and polished these are used to make jewelry. A few gemstones are not minerals at all, such as lapis lazuli, amber and jet.

In legend, ametrine was first seen when a Conquistador inherited a Bolivian mine via marriage to a Princess Anahi of the Ayoreos tribe, and he gifted some of these New World gemstones to the Queen of Spain. This must only be legend because the Ayoreo were supposedly first contacted by Jesuits in the 1720's, but that is not to say a similar situation could've never happened. Most ametrine sold today is lab-created. You can read more about the legend at the stone's official website, www.ametrine.com Also be sure to check out anahite, also found at this mine, and also very beautiful.

The name Trystine, which means "thrice" or "three" is in reference to a cutting process: when a gemstone has alternating color segments and is cut perpendicular to its c-axis, a pinwheel shape is visible, and in ametrine it will have 3 violet and 3 yellow sectors when cut perfectly. That information is found here and to be honest I think you have to be a mineralogist/geologist/jeweler to understand it, but that is the only clue as to how ametrine also became known as trystine. There is no one to credit with naming it and no other backstory.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gap Casting Call Boys 2016

Oliver (3)
Aiden & Aaden & Ayden (2)
Aaron (2)
Liam (2)
Jude
Gavin (2)
Grady
Austin
Roland
Lennon
Ryuu
Lucien
Dominic (8)
Albert
Linkin & Lincoln (3)
Hudson (3)
Ollie
Christian
Miguel
Titus
Michael (3)
Kaemon
Kale
Austin
John (2) & Jon
Marcus
Brynnen
Johnathan (2)
Eric
Rhett
Anthony (2)
Wade
Mason (4)
Sky (f & m)
Ashton (2)
Nathan & Nathaniel (2) & Nathanial (2)
Kellen
Dakarai
Connor (7)
Elijah (4)
Tyler (2)
Spencer
Jasper (2)
Thomas (3)
Allen
Sebastian (2)
Isaac (2)
Andres
Jason (2)
Maxwell
Gerardo
Phoenix
Easton
Gunner
Nolan (2)
Reid
Bennett
Devon & Devin
Gabriel
Noah (4)
Skyler (m & f)
Henry (4)
Cole (2)
Bradley
Zander
Ziggy
Weston (2) & Westin
Asher
Landon (3)
Jacob (6) & Jake (3)
Daniel
Pedro
Thatcher
Bodhi
Christopher (3)
Ty
Xavier (2)
Max (4)
Levi (2)
William (2)
Giovanni (3) & Jovanni
Aquiles
Kenneth
Morgan
Warner
Camron & Cameron (2)
Rhyan
Blake (3)
Eli
Sanaa
Zachary
Donovan
Cohen
Evan (5)
Colten
Arian
Ace
Kiran
Miles (2)
Beckett
Braylen
Parker
Byron
Ignazio
Vincent & Vincente
James (3)
Lucas
Kevan
Jack (2) & Jackson
Grayson (3) & Graisen & Greyson
Taven
Nehemiah
Raheem
Ethan (3)
Derek
Matthew
Tramayne
Jamaury
Inde
Rowan
Gideon (2)
Alphonse
Destin
Harrison
Leon
Alexander
Jelani
Maksymilian
Roman (2)
Ulysses
Case
Karson
Dean
Stryker
Emanuel
Joseph
Jhett
Julius
Darrel
Brycen
Gage
Emmitt
Leonidas
Isaiah
Khalid
Wynter
Dale
Jamison & Jameson
Robby & Robert
Terrence
Cruz
Clayton
Payson
Troy
Lawson
Blaine
Blaise & Blaze
Bryhan
Benjamin
Logan
Tevin
Soren
Kason
Kayden
Simon
Florian
Colin (3)
Trip
Elias
Andrew (2)
Reece
Turner
Angelo
Camden
Charles
Avery
Nicholas
Caleb (2)
Mavrik
Kyron
Wyatt
Colton & Colt
Jerome
Nevin
Cypress
Desmond
Talan
Quinn
Sergio
Mathias
Jordan
Rhyder
Brandon (2)
Oscar
Zaire
Mark
Hunter
Jamie
Rocco
Lochlan
Aldo
Carter
Julian
Tristan
Dawson
Rhys
Scott
Tucker
Malachi
Kendall

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gap Casting Call Girls 2016

Somehow the Gap Casting Call has a wide array of very well named children each year, you would think this was a naming pageant. So without further ado, the U.S. names from submissions...

Kyleigh (2) & Kylee & Kaileigh
Caylee & Kaylie
Paislee & Paisley (3)
Rifka
Penelope
Alina
Gabriela & Gabriella
Layla (2) Leila & Laila
Lennon (2)
Farrah
Elizabeth (4)
Brianna
Hattie
Lillian (2)
Alaina (2)
Madison (5)
Esther
Kayden and Kaiden (2)
Kendall
Scarlette
Alessandra
Belen
Gloria
Lyric
Isla
Kinsley
Maelin
London (3) & Londyn
Mikayla (2) & Micaela & Makayla
Madeleine & Madeline (3)
Norah (3)
Kelsie
Melody
Amelia
Sequoia
Emma (4)
Arianna (3) & Ariana (2) & Aryanna
Violet (3)
Ipek
Anna (2)
Avril
Sophia (5) & Sofie & Sofia & Sophie (2)
Ananda
Annabeth
Bianca
Adrianna (2)
Sky (f & m)
Valentina (2)
Eva (2)
Stella (3)
Autumn
Mariah (2)
Peyton (2)
Baylinn
Ava (2) & Avalyn & Avalyne
Elle
Eloise
Emmaline
Wren
Imogen
Julia (3)
Dallas & Dallis
Kenzie & McKenzie
Aubrey (2) & Aubri
Janie
Emri
Ember
Olivia (6)
Mavelyn
Riley & Rylee (2)
Dezmarie
Everleigh & Everlie
Alaysia
Halie & Hallie
Lior
Abigail (5)
Audrey
Reese (2)
Zyah
Melanie
Kaylani
Julianna (2)
Avery
Olive
Amelie
Kiyomi
Margot
Eleanor (6)
Charlotte (2)
Skyler (m & f)
Alyce & Alice (3)
Breena
Minah
Damiya
Willow
Tessa
Stokely
Brooke
Adaleigh
Lucia (2)
Camille (2)
Lilith
Aniah & Aniya (3)
Angelia
Michelle
Addison (2)
Halle
Rianna
Maya (2) & Amaya (2)
Mila (2)
Ariella
Bella
Chloe (4)
Isabela & Isabella & Isabelle
Annabella & Annabelle (3)
Mia-Monroe
Aashka
Alexa & Alexis
Amani
Jordyn (2)
Caliya
Glori
Hannah
Ellana
Charley & Charlie
Chanel
Clare & Claire
Emily
Lola (3)
Lylah
Caterina
Catalina & Katalina
Codi
Adalyn
Berlin
Elena
Katherine
Kayla (2)
Ruby (2)
Lalia
Noelle
Sally
Nilah
Marleigh
Malaysia
Kaylin
Natalie (2)
Kinley (2) & McKinley
Luna
Gianna (2)
Geovanna
Cataliah
Lilly (2)
Syann
Alayah
Brenna
Allie (2)
Amy
Makenna
Caroline
Stevie
Aria (2) & Aryah
Harley
Samantha (2)
Allison
Naya
Lucy
Josalyn
Pamela
Jadyn
Daniela
Evelyn (2)
Brinley & Brynlee
Nevaeh
Piper
Molly
Havannah
Harper (2)
Victoria
Zoey (2)
Analee`
Holly
Danica
Adeline
Sloan
Dylan
Benett
Amber (2)
Milliana
Veola
Bailey
Grace
Aila
Christina & Kristina
Lea
Berkley
Mia (2)
Jaycee
Carina
Aaliyah & Naliyah
Caidence & Kaydence
Majesti
Elani
Milan
Brylee
Delainee
Vivienne
Kenadie
Nila & Nyla
Sawyer
Emeri
Grey
Hayden
Keira
Elliot
Campbell
Josephine
Morgan
Brooklyn
Clarity
Savannah
Emerson
Alyssa (2)
Dia
Alizee
Leah
Aviana
Lydia
Maura
Brielle
Amira

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top 10 Portugal 2015

1. Maria & João
2. Leonor & Martim
3. Matilde & Rodrigo
4. Beatriz & Santiago
5. Carolina & Francisco
6. Mariana & Afonso
7. Ana & Tomás
8. Ines & Miguel
9. Margarida & Guilherme
10. Sofia & Gabriel

11. Lara & Duarte
12. Laura & Gonçalo
13. Francisca & Pedro
14. Joana & Tiago
15. Alice & Rafael
16. Clara & Diogo
17. Diana & Lourenço
18. Luana & Lucas
19. Madalena & Dinis
20. Mafalda & Salvador

To see up to #100 for both genders visit this site.