Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sutton

Sutton in an English unisex name meaning "from the southern homestead/south settlement," which could make it the perfect name for someone with Southern roots. In 2013 Sutton ranked at #832 for girls, making great leaps in popularity. Unfortunately it does not rank on the boy's side - the difference in numbers being 316 girls in 2013 and 183 boys, but it has been used for both since at least 1963. Regardless of gender, it is still better known as a place name, used internationally.

Sutton Foster, broadway star, currently stars in the new TV show "Younger" on TV Land, and here's a fun fact: the story is based on a book of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran, one of the co-founders of baby naming website Nameberry.

In other TV history, Sutton Mercer was a character played by Alexandra in The Lying Game, which has since been cancelled. Sutton Foster is really the only well-known real life namesake.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Romilly

Romilly is a French place name and English surname. Ultimately the French form of this unisex name derives from the Latin name Romulus, meaning "of Rome," while an English meaning derives from English rūm lēah, meaning "spacious wood clearing (meadow)."

The title Baron Romilly was created in 1866 for Sir John Romilly of French Huguenot descent. The title ended in 1983 with no heirs left to hold the name. Lately Romilly has been picking up interest as a modern girl's name, especially with potential nicknames Romy and Milly. However, Romilly is so rare that it has only been given to 7 girls starting in 2013.

Jaqueline de Romilly was a very interesting woman. She was a French scholar who was suspended from teaching during the Occupation of France because of her Jewish ancestry. Later she became the first woman elected into the College de France, being especially gifted with Greek, Latin and philosophy. Then she became the second woman to enter Académie française. Before her death in 2010, de Romilly earned more than 20 different honors and awards.

Other real life namesakes include Samuel Romilly, a British legal reformer, blogger Romilly Newman, journalist Romilly Weeks and photographer Romilly Lockyer.

Most recently there is a character named Romilly (presumably his last name) in the 2014 film Interstellar.

Visit this site for more research on families with people named Romilly, surname and first name.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blossom

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Blossom as a baby name is not a new idea - many will recall the TV show "Blossom" that ran from 1990 - 1995, with main character Blossom Russo and her best friend Six (Six created some buzz when it was recently used in the movie "Syrup," and in name evolution, Seven is now trendy). As sticky-sweet or silly as Blossom might seem to some, she fits right in with popular Lily, is as ordinary as Fern, and stands out just as much as Petal. For those still unwilling to consider Blossom, German Bluma might seem more substantial.

Blossom is an Old English word that ultimately came from a Germanic word taken from Proto-Indo-European, about as far back as it gets. As a name, Blossom was always rare in both the U.S. and U.K., but it gained a little momentum in the 1920's, making it onto the bottom of the SSA chart. It likely started as a pet name for young girls. Surprisingly, the 90's TV show didn't make a dent, nor did the character from the "Powderpuff Girls" animated show and an appearance on "Dawson's Creek." In 2013 Blossom ranked at #430 in England and Wales, though it is unclear why.

Other Blossom's in history include Edith Marie Blossom Macdonald from "The Addams Family," known as Blossom Rock; jazz singer Blossom Dearie; vaudeville performer Blossom Seeley; novelist Clare "Blossom" Elfman; Blossom Nnodim, born Ozurumba Roseblossom Ogechi, from Nigeria.