A Smush

Okay, so, failing my ability to come up for a good theme, I decided to combine a whole collaboration of ideas of mine that wouldn’t really render a long post themselves. And combining these short ideas makes for a fudging huge post that you most likely wouldn’t want to read if you were just told the size of the post. Confused? You should be. So am I.

So, we’re going to do several things today, so hold onto your knickers, it’ll be a bumpy ride. We will: List recent London Telegraph birth announcements, list multiples featured on ABC Family-turned-CMT show, Nanny 911, rant about a kid on It’s Me or the Dog, and, of course, go over popular (and my favorite) smushes!

First up, the stylings of recent Leo babies from the ever-lovely London Telegraph:

Girlies:
• Alexandra Grace (and Georgiana Elizabeth)
• Darcey Elizabeth (sister for Jamie)
• Darcey Florence (and Poppy Eliza)
• Eliza Mary
• Emilia
(sister for Sophia)
• Emily Katherine
• Evelyn Margaret Elizabeth
• Geneviève Anstace Dorricott
• Georgiana Elizabeth
(and Alexandra Grace)
• Imogen Eloise (sister for Willem)
• Jemima Elizabeth Mary (sister for Edward)
• Lucy Olivia (sister for Sophie)
• Olivia Charlotte Iris
• Poppy Eliza
(and Darcey Florence)
• Stella Rose Elisabeth (sister for Thomas and Charlie)

Lil Men:
• Archie Walter Harry (brother for Oscar)
• Benjamin Digby (brother for Nena)
• Charles Alexander Iltid
• Cosmo Alistair
• Edward Michael Lyon (brother for Flora and Molly)
• George Bertram
• Henry Archie Alexander
(brother for Julia)
• James Alexander Morgan (brother for Emily)
• James Timothy
• John Robert
• Joseph
• Louis James Taliesin
• Stuart John
• Zachariah Stanley

(babies born in a time period from July 27th to August 1st)

And now, onto multiples featured on Nanny 911. (If they have other non-multiple siblings, I’ll list them as well.)

• Jack and Francis (twin brothers for CJ, Michael, and Joseph)
• Nate, Sam, and Josh (triplet brothers with twin brothers Jake and Joey)
• Jake and Joey (twin brothers with triplet brothers Nate, Sam, and Josh)
• John, Joseph, Lynn, and Nicole (quadruplet siblings for Faith)
• Molly, Natalie, and Rebecca (triplet sisters for Olivia, Hannah, Kaeley, and Amelia)
• Bethany, Michael, and Lauren (triplet siblings for Kimberly)
• Alexandra and Amanda (adopted twin siblings for twin siblings Katarina and Stephen, and twin brothers Daniel and David)
• Katarina and Stephen (twin siblings for adopted twin sisters Alexandra and Amanda, and twin brothers Daniel and David.)
• Daniel and David (twin brothers for adopted twin sisters Alexandra and Amanda, and twin siblings Katarina and Stephen.)
• Carmella, Chistopher, Gabriella, and Gianna (quadruplet siblings for Sal)
• Alexandra and Amanda (twin sisters for Mikey)
• Reese and Trevor (twin brothers for Zack and Max)
• Kadin and Koby (twin brothers for Imari)
• Christopher, Justin, and Tyler (triplet brothers)
• Marco and Charles (twin brothers for Anthony Jr., Gianna, Samantha, and Dominick)
• Deirdre and John (twin siblings for triplet sisters Kathleen, Mary, and Siobhan, and sister Ann)
• Kathleen, Mary, and Siobhan (triplet sisters for twin siblings Deirdre and John, and sister Ann)
• Beth, Dave, and Joe (triplet siblings)
• Jack and Ava (twin siblings)
• Eamon and James (twin brothers)

Note: Marco and Charles, Deirdre and John, Jack and Ava, and Eamon and James may not be twins, but were listed as the same age, so I considered them twins.

My favorite name set of the group? Probably Molly, Natalie, and Rebecca, but only because the whole family of kids had good names — With the exception of oddball Kaeley. Where the fudge did she come from??? Worst set? Probably Kadin and Koby. Ugh. At the least, they could have changed the spellings to Cayden and Kobe, or, if they wanted to further improve it, they could have altered the names to Aiden and Jacoby. I’m still a bit surprised about two separate Alexandra/Amanda twins.

And now, onto my rant about a little girl I saw on Animal Planet’s hit show, It’s Me or the Dog, starring Victoria Stilwell. I can’t remember the family’s name, or even the dog’s name, for that matter, but I do remember the couple had a little girl whose name astounded me in all the wrong ways. Channeling A Boy Named Sue, I bring you: A Girl Named Connor.

That really disgusted me. People considering them is one thing, but actually seeing a person named Connor? A girl named Connor? It was a horrible feeling. Horrible. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I don’t know how much I can say it.

And now, for the smushiest part of the post! Yes, smushes! Here are some of the most popular and/or best (in my opinion) smushie names.

• Anneliese (Anne and Elisabeth)
• Araminta (Arabella and Aminta)
• Ashlyn (Ashley and Lynn)
• Bethwyn (Beth and Gwyn)
• Emberlynn (Ember and Lynn)
• Georgianna (Georgia and Anna)
• Hannelore (Hannah and Lora)
• Isanne (Isabel and Anne)
• Jaden (Jay and Aiden)
• Jaslene (Jasmine and -lene)
• Jolene (Jo and Eileen)
• Julissa (Julia and Melissa)
• Katiana (Katrina and Tatiana)
• Laureline (Laure and Line)
• Leann (Lee and Ann)
• Lilianna/Liliana (Lily and Anna/Ana)
• Luella (Lou and Ella)
• Marianne/Marianna (Marie/Maria and Anne/Anna)
• Maribel (Maria and Isabel)
• Maribeth (Mary and Beth)
• Maricela (Maria and Celia)
• Marilyn (Mary and Lynn)
• Marisol (Maria and Sol/Soleil)
• Marlena (Mary and Magdalene)
• Meryl (Mary and Louise)
• Roseanne/Ros(e)anna (Rose and Anne/Anna)
• Vanessa (Van and Esther)

Just so you know: I certainly do not think all of these smushie names are great. Some are downright mean. (*coughcough* Jaden Emberlynn *coughcough*) But some I do absolutely adore, including Anneliese, Araminta, Hannelore, Isanne, Maribel, Maricela, Marisol, and Marlena, and, admittedly, Jolene. (I’m sorry, the Dolly Parton love my mother instilled in me is creeping its way into the baby naming sector of my brain! “Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, JO-LEEEN, please don’t take him just because you can…”)

One thing I love about smushes is that they kill two (or more) metaphorical birds with one single, metaphorical stone. Have a Grandma Louise, while the DH has Nana Eleanor? Luella is a perfect choice! Great-grandma Josephine and Auntie Eileen? Jolene to the rescue! (And specially for Emmy Jo,) Or perhaps your mother’s middle name is Anne, and hubby’s mama has a middle of Elisabeth? Anneliese will help sort things out for you.

Just a note: I am so not going to add tags until later. I’m wiped out just from this post!

Edit: Okay, tags are done! WOO HOO!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sebastiane
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 17:39:16

    This wasn’t that long of a post. I really liked these names,

    Poppy Eliza
    • Eliza Mary
    • Geneviève Anstace-this is rather pretty
    • Georgiana Elizabeth (and Alexandra Grace)
    • Imogen Eloise
    • Jemima Elizabeth Mary
    • Olivia Charlotte Iris-usually not a fan of Olivia, but I really like this combo
    • Stella Rose Elisabeth

    • Archie Walter Harry
    • Charles Alexander Iltid
    • Cosmo Alistair

    From Nanny 911, I liked these:
    • Jack and Francis
    • Alexandra and Amanda (adopted twin siblings for twin siblings Katarina and Stephen, and twin brothers Daniel and David.)
    • Carmella, Chistopher, Gabriella, and Gianna (quadruplet siblings for Sal)
    • Marco and Charles (twin brothers for Anthony Jr., Gianna, Samantha, and Dominick)
    • Deirdre and John (twin siblings for triplet sisters Kathleen, Mary, and Siobhan, and sister Ann)
    • Jack and Ava (twin siblings)
    • Eamon and James (twin brothers)

    I did not like these sibsets and why:
    • Molly, Natalie, and Rebecca (triplet sisters for Olivia, Hannah, Kaeley, and Amelia)-I don’t think any of these names really go together. Very mismatched.

    Connor on a girl is pretty horrific!

    I love these smushes:

    • Anneliese
    • Araminta
    • Hannelore
    • Isanne
    • Jaslene
    • Katiana
    • Laureline
    • Luella
    • Maribel
    • Marisol
    • Marlena
    • Vanessa

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  2. charlottevera
    Aug 06, 2009 @ 19:01:54

    I’m just DROOLING over Imogen Eloise! Sadly, my darling husband would never say yay to either of those names, so they are just a lovely daydream.

    I rather liked the Kathleen, Mary, and Siobhan sibset, but Dierdre and John, while all alright by themselves, sound too much like “Dear John” when put together, so the twins rather mar the triplets IMHO.

    Finally, my own daughter is a “smush”, named Roseanna for her paternal Grandmother. To be honest, I generally do prefer names that “grow” into being rather than arrive pieced together, but some of those are quite pretty, not exempting Roseanna of course!

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    • Mookie
      Aug 07, 2009 @ 19:57:59

      Agreed! Imogen Eloise is probably one of my favorites from the names listed; very much so a guilty pleasure! Where I live, Imogen is pronounce Ih-moh-jeen, and I just recently found out that some people pronounce Imogen as Ih-moh-jen. It’s nice; but not my favorite. I definitely think the “jeen” pronunciation works better with Eloise; Which was do you pronounce Imogen?

      Roseanna is a lovely name! One of my favorite Ros/Rose- names besides Rose itself. Cute!

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      • charlottevera
        Aug 07, 2009 @ 20:59:18

        I have always pronounced it ih-mo-jen, with a slight emphasis on the first syllable. I find that when I try to say ih-moh-jeen I stumble over all the syllables trying to figure out which one to emphasise.

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