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

My Grand Entrance!

Oh, hi hello! *Deep breathes* Sorry, I was just hyperventilating. Know why? Because, seeing as you’re reading this, that means you somehow found your way to my blog! And this is very new to me, so bear with me. I’m figuring that a good opening post would just be a brief description of moi, followed by a short list of names I love and why I love them. Okay! Let’s get rolling!

Hi! I’m Mookie. The Mookster. Mookie the Cookie Monster! Mookie is me, me = Mookie. Alright, that’s enough. To tell you guys the truth, my real name is *goes all James Bond on you* Maria — Emily Maria. I’m just the kooky type of person who likes personas and such. To get on with the story, I’m a teenage girl very interested in onomastics — have been since I was in elementary school. I also enjoy novels, words, spelling, grammar, writing, and the arts. I am in no way a typical teen girl – Quite the opposite, actually. I’m a bit of an introvert that believes some of the best times of your life are spent alone, lying down on a bed, reading a book, or just relaxing. My idea of “perfect weather” is when a thunderstorm is raging, just as long as the power stays on. Despite being quite sensitive, I’m very assertive and opinionated. You bring up a controversial issue? You can surely bet I’ll be the one debating until the very end. With that in mind, I am a self oxy-moron. (Whenever I use that phrase, I always think of Billy Mays sitting next to a kid with a Dunce Cap on.) I am very easily entertained. People who view me in public may come off with the opinion that I’m not the brightest crayon in the box, but they might think differently if they could be inside my head. (Which wouldn’t be very pretty, believe you me.) I guess that should suffice for now — After all, I don’t want my first post to be a book in and of itself.

Now, onto the real reason we’re here: Names! I constantly change, remove, add, and revamp my name lists, but I’ll use the one in action at this moment: My Top Seven. I’ll share with you my top three from my top seven (sounds confusing, but whatever) and clue you in as to why I love them.

My girls’ leading contender is Caroline Maria. Caroline is a name I’ve loved ever since first hearing Neil Diamond’s song Sweet Caroline. I just love it! The nickname is Cara. You should be able to tell where Caroline got her middle name, if you paid attention to the introduction. Still no clue? Dammit, I thought my readers would be smarter than that! Duh, it’s my middle name, folks! Seriously, the brain activity these days…

Next up is Adriana Karen. Adriana is a variation of a name originally on my very first name lists: Adrienne. Inspired from America’s Next Top Model’s Cycle 1 winner, Adrianne Curry (with an ‘a’), Adrienne lasted a while before I found Adriana. Considering my Italian heritage, and the way Adriana sounds much more Italian than Adrienne, I had found a perfect fit which has lasted for some time now. But, in keeping with her original version, Adriana’s nickname is still Addie. Karen comes from a simple source: My mommy! Honestly, I need to honor my mom in these names — She needs to be honored more than she is.

Rounding out the top three for my girlies is Isadora Amelia. Isadora is a new find that I’ve become increasingly attached to: A lovely and uncommon alternative to the ever-popular Isabella, Isadora was found in one of my childhood’s favorite book series: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Isadora Quagmire, sister of fellow triplet siblings Duncan Quagmire and Quigley Quagmire, is one of the Baudelaire siblings’ only friends. Her recreational occupation is poetry: She specializes in couplets and once used them to lead the Baudelaires to rescue her and Duncan when they were kidnapped. She, in the book, seems to relate to my literature-related interests — Plus, I just love the name! Nickname for her is Izzy. Her middle name is a version of my first name, Emily, which originated from Aemilia, which Amelia is directly based off of.

I think I’ll stop there for now. I’ll let you in on the reasoning behind my top three boy’s names next time — Until then, ciao!