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!

The Rag-Doll Names

Sorry for the break! Went on a small vacation to my cousin’s house for the weekend, and they have horrible internet connection, so I was held hostage from my baby-naming groupies. But, never fear: I’M BACK! Or maybe that’s all the more reason to be fearful.

First off, I’d like to introduce my latest blogging idea: Every time I post, I’ll start it off by listing the recent births in my area. If I truly dislike the name, I’ll list what I think the name should have been in parentheses.

Girlies:
Addison Claire (Adelaide Claire)
Alydia Kylee Rose (Lydia Karina Rose)
Carolynn Mariah (Caroline Maria)
Gabrielle Jaime Lyn
Jayla Amaire Jazmin (Jane Amaya Jasmine)
Kaitlyn Elizabeth (Caitlin Elizabeth)
Madelynn Louise (Madeleine Louise)
Teegan Marie (Tallulah Maria)

Lil Men:
Elijah David
Elijah Richard
Seth Clifford
Trevor Daniel

And now, to the real post:
No, I’m not doing Ann and Andy, so get that out of your minds right now. What I’m focusing on today are names that are worn-and-torn, every single place you go. Basically, that means the top ten names. (I’m only using girl names today, as boy names have a tendency to be classic.) Then, I’ll give you similar alternatives that give you the same feel, but much less used!

Rag Doll: Emma
Alternative(s): Anna/Ana, Clara, Emmeline, Ella, Esme, Isla, Laura, Nora, Stella, Emese (EM-eh-SHEH). Special thanks to Sebastiane for suggesting Emese as an alternative to this Rag Doll!

Rag Doll: Isabella
Alternative(s): Isadora, Isolde (Or Iseult), Isanna, Isis, Isla, Annabella, Arabella, Daniella, Estella

Rag Doll: Emily (Not really a rag doll name, but really popular, so I’ll list alternatives.)
Alternative(s): Amelia, Matilda (both names can have NN Milly), Milena (Mee-LANE-Uh), Emiliana

Rag Doll: Madison
Alternative(s): Madeleine, Magdalene, Magdalena, Alison, Adelaide, Adelheid, Adeline, Adelie

Rag Doll: Ava
Alternative(s): Avalon, Aveline, Avril, Avis, Eva (or Evelyn, Evangeline, Eveline), Tova

Rag Doll: Olivia
Alternative(s): Olive, Sylvia, Octavia, Lluvia (YOO-vee-ah), Livia, Olympia, Odessa, Odette

Rag Doll: Sophia
Alternative(s): Serafina, Sonora, Sonya/Sonia, Athena (both mean Wisdom), Minerva (both mean Wisdom)

Rag Doll: Abigail
Alternative(s): Gail, Abilene, Abrielle, April

Rag Doll: Elizabeth (This isn’t really a rag doll, as it’s a classic, but I’ll list alternatives anyway.)
Alternative(s): Eliza, Bethany, Lisbet, Lisette, Elise, Lisa, Liesel/Liesl, Elle

Rag Doll: Chloe
Alternative(s): Cleo, Calla, Skyla, Cecelia, Caylin/Caelan, Clara, Colette, Kelly

Birth Announcements and the Names that Follow

I figured that for my first real reporting post, I’d start out by researching new babies’ names in my area. So, as of recently, these little tykes have been blessed (or cursed) with these monikers:

Girlies:
• Abigail Marie Angel
• Abilene Rose
• Addison Grace
• Alexis Marie
• Amelia Rose
• Avery Marie
(Grr! I hate Avery on a girl!)
• Blakely Ann
• Brook Eliza
• Brooke Nicole
• Cassandra Marie
• Danielle Elizabeth
• Elizabeth Renee
• Emma Louise
• Emma Marie
(Could they have chosen a more predictable name??)
• Giara Star Marie
• Gracie Mae
• Isabella Eileen
• Isabella Lorraine
• Izabelle Grace
• Jaxz JoAnnah
(They just completely f’d up this kid’s life.)
• Jordyn Alexis
• Kelsey Anyda
(They totally butchered Anita here.)
• Kinsley Rae
• Liliana Elizabeth
• Lily Reed
• Lilyana Elaine
(and Trey Richard)
• Margaret Elizabeth
• Miranda Morgan
• Mariah Belle
• Paige
(no middle name)
• Paige Elizabeth
• Paige Nikole
• Payton Lynne
• Penny Lane
• Peyton Grace
• Raine Lee
(and Rylee Ann)
• Rylee Ann (and Raine Lee)
• Sara Lynn
• Serenity-Ann Elaine
• Sydney Grace
• Victoria Lynn
• Violet Jane
• Zoe Belle
• Zoey Ann-Marie
• Zoey Rae

Lil Men:
• Alexander Douglas
• Camden James
• Charles Anthony
• Cody James
• Connor James
• Daniel James
• David Martin
• Deacon Richard
• Ethan Gunner
• Gage Stephen
• Gavin James
• Harper David
(YES!)
• Isaiel Deseo
• Jonathen Maison
(They had to butcher both names?!)
• Kamrin Michael
• Kayden Robert
• Landon Jeffrey
• Logan Avery
• Logan Douglas
• Mason Richard
• Mason Russell
• Matthew David
• Maxwell Lorenz
• Michael Lloyd
• Rashad Lee
• Rhyder Dean
• Rick Hayden
• Ryder
(no middle name)
• Timothy Stephen
• Tony Ray
• Trevor Matthew
• Trey Richard
(and Lilyana Elaine)
• Troy David
• Ty James
• Wesley Gordon

I’d like to mention that Raine Lee and Rylee Ann are my sister’s best friend’s nieces. Congrats, Katrina, on your new nieces!!

My favorites were probably Amelia Rose and Abilene Rose for the girls (Abilene completely off-handed me here, I just found out about this name! Expect a NoTD shortly on the name). For the boys, Harper David was the clear winner. I’m just thrilled that Harper was used on a boy! It’s definitely on my Wildcard list, as of now.

My least favorites are… bad. Very, very, very bad. I feel so sorry for Jaxz JoAnnah. (And Serenity-Ann, but she’s not nearly as bad.) They couldn’t have at least used Jazz Joanna? Or, in a perfect world, Jasmine Josephine? Sigh… I pity that kid, truly and dearly. Who else thinks the parents were illiterate 14-year-olds? The boy, on the other hand, isn’t completely terrible… Just a horrible spelling of a very bad name to start. Rhyder takes the cake here, and I can only imagine how many times he’ll say R-H-Y-D-E-R in his life. (I’m guessing somewhere around the billions.) Names like Rashad and Isaiel I’ll discount on a ‘foreign parents’ charge, but if these people are Anglo-Saxon, they have no excuse for those names. (Kamrin, Jonathen, and Kayden almost took top prize for Worst Boy’s Name.)

So, what do you think? Are the 2 Abbys, 3 Isabella/Izabelles, 3 Lily variants, 3 Paiges, 2 Peyton/Paytons, 3 Zoe(y)s, 2 Logans, 2 Masons, and 2 R(h)yders surprising to you? Are you surprised at the amount of Belles in the middle place? The Lynns, Roses, Maries, Raes, James’, Douglas’ — Are they too much?

***These names were gotten from birth announcements during June/early July of ’09 in my area.***