I think the little dunce thought it was "Erin", an immensely popular name for girls in my son's age group.
Re: Emma ~~ about 10 years ago there was a big resurgence of interest in Jane Austen amongst young women, complete with reading & discussion groups. I assumed that's how Emma gained new popularity.
A major advantage of being born into a Catholic family back in the old days (which, surprise, is when I was born) was that you had to be baptized with a biblical or a saint's name. This ensured that one would get a "real" name, rather than that of a famous jewelry store, fancy glasswear, or something more suited to a pet.
one thing i noticed here is, that while ago lots of names starting with "l" were popular (leon, lukas, lena, lina, laura, luise etc.), now it seems to have shifted to "a". at least, i keep meeting other people who's child's name starts with a. today, when i arrived at the family center, there were five babies and toddlers there, four of who had names starting with "a" ...
Post by cheerypeabrain on Jul 31, 2014 7:41:01 GMT
I live in fear on my son and DiL having a son....son says that they would name a son Tiberius Alexander our surname begins with the letter 'G' so the poor lamb would be called TAG for short (amongst other things I would imagine...)
Tibby? The neighbours would think your son and DiL were calling the cat home. Of course, as soon as he talked the child could balk and say he wanted to be called Alex.
Was Tiberius at least a reasonably good emperor?
Two of my friends had granddaughters born last week. Invented names in N for both of them: Nayeli and Neehla. Especially the second kid whose parents are both French. Why stick an h in a name when it's not pronounced anyway? I still don't know how the other name will be said.
cheerypeabrain, Tiberius was a tyrant ruler, one of Rome's most despised, rumoured to be a sexual deviant and murderer. PLEASE have your son do some reading beforehand, a simple scan of the Wikipedia page will be enough. Poor kid who ends up with that name.
At least in France, really ridiculous names are not allowed. Two names were not allowed a few months ago -- one was Nutella, which actually sounds pretty good compared to some of those names given in Scotland.
When my husband worked as a Paramedic he delivered many a baby. There were a couple of occasions when the parents named their children some really off the wall names. One that comes immediately to mind was Placenta. I'll have to ask him if he remembers any of the others.
A doctor fresh out of inner-city residency training told me of the time they delivered a baby that was under duress and as black liquids gushed out during the birth, someone on the delivery team exclaimed, "Here comes Meconium!" Mama cried, " I like that! I'm gonna call him Meconium."
Not exactly a language issue, but the names given to children are an interesting indication of current trends and the influence of popular culture.
The latest list for France has just been published with one major change each -- the most popular girl's name has been Emma for the past 10 years. Emma has finally been dethroned, so here are the new lists. The list for boys also has a new champion, while the former champion Lucas takes a big tumble.
most popular names for girls in France
1. Louise 2. Emma 3. Chloé 4. Lola 5. Inès / Ines 6. Manon 7. Jade 8. Alice 9. Lina 10. Léa
most popular names for boys in France
1. Léo 2. Gabriel 3. Adam 4. Timéo 5. Raphaël 6. Lucas 7. Louis 8. Arthur 9. Nathan 10. Hugo
Anybody looking for unusual names can look for possibilities in the following names that have been give to fewer than 30 children in the last year: Boécia, Yamini, Adara, Caméo, Libbie, Nyoko, Wadislawa, Ysanne, Zipporah, Henka or Seona for girls. Amaram, Zuri, Yeraz, Parsam Bildad, Éos, Héliodore, Nan, Egun, Calhoun, Arius, Orbert, Nériah, Osmond, Searle, Scipion for boys.
Very popular in Belgium. But you also have to understand that we split our names between Flemish and Walloons - we don't use the same names ... Strangely enough, the top 5 of female names in Flanders are all french names (with Emma...). Fro the male, only 1-2 names are french in Flanders.
Lots of scandinavians are used in the north (LArs in the top 10, but Sven, Las, etc are common), never in the south. However Muslims on both sides of our lingual border use the same names :-)