I have yet to find the time to research and write my third and final blog on Nom de Plumes. In the interim, I thought it would be interesting—for me at least—to peruse the pages of my Facebook friends and create a list of all their new babies. It was fascinating for me to see how little or much the parents’ cultural heritages and current location played a role in their respective choices; thus I have decided to let you, dear reader, in on this aspect of my friends’ naming decisions.
Alice (sister to James) – American parents
Amy Frances – Canadian parents (mother of Chinese descent)
Christina Grace – Dutch father and Indian mother living in Ireland
Constantine Charles – Canadian parents
Danika (sister to Bronson) – Canadian parents (father of Italian descent and mother Mennonite)
David James Ashley – Indian parents living in Scotland (baby was born in Wales)
Esther Joy (sister to Sarah, Caleb, Deborah, and Paul) – born to a Canadian mother and an Indian father living in India
Evan – Korean Canadian parents
Florian Kenzo (twin brother to Mathys) – French Canadian parents
Isaac (cousin to Isaiah) – both cousins the children of Indian sisters who are married to Americans and live in the US
Isaac William Daniel (brother to Analin) — Canadian/American parents currently living in the US
Joshua – Canadians of Chinese descent
Karoline – American parents
Lukas Cornelius – German Canadian parents
Marcus – Korean Canadian parents
Mathys Yaël (twin brother to Florian) – French Canadian parents
Nathan (brother to Esther) – father is Indian and mother is Dutch. They live in India.
Paul – Canadian parents
Rocco – Canadians (mother is of Latino heritage)
Tamar Sophia – Canadian parents
Zephan (brother to Ayanna) – Indian parents living in India
Azariah (brother to Jonathan and Josiah) – American parents
Katherine Jade – American parents
I must say that out of all these names, the one that surprised me the most was Amy Frances. I associate the name Amy with my own generation—with college classmates and dormitory discussions—not with a pink-faced little baby barely a week old. Looking it up, I have discovered that, in British Columbia at least, the name does rank at number 71, which makes it fairly popular. Still, out of all the names my friends have chosen, it stands out to me as the most unexpected.
Tamar is another decision that through me for a loop. It’s a beautiful name, but its two famous biblical bearers both had rather unfortunate experiences. Since the parents of little Tamar go to my church, I was a might surprised at their decision. On the other hand, one biblical Tamar is in fact commended for being righteous and eventually contributes to the line that leads to King David and, ultimately, Christ; so I guess the name does actually have a fairly rich and meaningful history.
It also struck me, when creating the list, that most of my friends have made fairly “safe” selections when choosing names for their young offspring. One friend who went against this trend is Ruth, the mother of little Zephan and Ayanna. Rocco isn’t exactly common, but it’s definitely rising in popularity (thanks in part to Madonna’s starbaby). Danika’s another one that’s not widely heard, but it’s not exactly obscure either. Constantine hasn’t ranked in the US since the 80’s, although it’s much more common in certain parts of Europe. Finally, since little Azariah has yet to be born, there’s a definite possibility he may end up with a completely different name. However, should his parents choose to stick with their original decision I highly doubt he’ll have to go by Azariah C. in his kindergarten class.