I’m back, bytches!

Alrighty then. Wow, nostalgic! It’s certainly been quite a while, but I suppose I’m ready to return to the blogging world. My troubles since last time have cleared up immensely, something I’m quite proud of. First off, some news and sightings in the baby-naming world:

Nameberry‘s post on Lost Names of the 1880s is quite interesting — Lulie, Ara, and Gracia certainly intrigue me, and I’ll keep pushing for someone to use Araminta. Check out the Lost Boys’ Names, too, and look at Newt, Leander, Sterling, and the disappointing Pink and Oral.

• As you’ve all heard already, Joel Madden and Nicole Richie have had their second child, a boy named Sparrow James Midnight. But apparently, Madden was influenced by Johnny Cash’s A Boy Named Sue, so much so, that he named his son Sparrow with the sole purpose of his son getting teased, and subsequently toughening up. Chalk one up for bad parenting!

• Check out Verity’s posts over at Appellation Mtn. for info on Patience, Cohen, Pilar, and Alaric.

• And would you believe that Christmas is just over a month away? How the time flies! 2010 is almost upon us, and that means a whole new year of naming, and, of course, the stats for 2009’s most popular baby names! Is it too early to make a countdown?

• And because Christmas is very nearly here, it means the month with Holly as the most popular baby’s name is too. I like to call these the Holly-days!

Now, since it’s been a while, some of my favorites on my list have been changed and/or revised. Time to list the list!

• My favorites for girls now include Maria, Lydia, Caroline, Susannah, Florence, Evangeline, Clementine (Cleo is now possibly my very-favorite nickname), and Josephine/Josefina.

• James Daniel is still my favorite for a boy, but we have a new runner-up: Leo Michael. Leo is a diminutive of my grandpa’s name, Leonard, but with a spunkier quality than the longer form (Or Leopold, Leonardo, or Leonidas, for that matter). Yes, I’m aware that this seemingly negates my whole “No nicknames as names!” stance, but to be fair, Leo sounds like a whole-ish name. Anywho, my still-short boy’s list includes Nikolai, and even Jude as a middle name to honor what is quite possibly my favorite song in the stratosphere, Hey Jude.

• And, while we’re on the subject, there are some nicknames that, to me, work just fine, like Molly, for example.

• I’d like to take this time to plug one of my very favorite websites related to baby naming: bigbadbabynames.net, otherwise known as Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing. There are some sassy, sassy ladies (and gentlemen) over there who have a few things to say about sparkleigh pryncess tryndee-licious names, and we have annual troll roasts, too! I’m over there as plain Mookie, so come join me and make a bunch of new friends as we squee at the babies in photowhores!

I suppose that’s it! Also stay tuned as I change the format of my site, and backtrack on some things I’ve missed throughout my absence. To my faithful followers who have continually checked my site in vain for updates, I apologize, and I love you dearly. (Well, I’d be willing to give you a cyber-hug and maybe a virtual pat on the back.) Goodbye for now!

It’s MY turn!

Okay, I know I write this blog and everything, but really, readers, this is your blog. Really, it’s all about you. Yes, it is. Don’t argue with me. I’ve been talking and typing to share this info with you guys; If I wanted it for me, hell, I have my own mind to store the info I find!

But now, it’s my turn. I’ve been going through a rough patch, naming wise. I’m having second thoughts about some names, I’m adding names that leap up the lists, and I’m seriously confused. (More so than usual!) Recently, I’ve been having inner duals between Caroline and Coraline, Lydia is nearing the top of the charts, Josephine has been stirred into the mix, Beatrix is squeezing her way into the combos, Isadora is slipping a bit, I’m reconsidering Evangeline, Susanna is being moved into the middle slot, I’m reconsidering double middle names, and Eloise has entered the fray of middle names, to name a few.

As for my boys, my top two (James Daniel and Archer Leonard) are still the best for me, but after that, I blank. I’m not sure what the fudge to do. Sure, there are plenty of names I like, Harrison, Declan, Ciaran, Bennett, Harper, Stellan… But none of those really spark, really show me I could use them, like Archer and James do for me.

I don’t know what I need, whether it’s a break, naming rehab, or just a stronger dosage of medication (or perhaps a combination), but I’m truly at a loss. I’m grasping at straws. I used to be able to play Baby Name Games where you had to name 10 children, and I’d struggle to decide whether Mitchell or Levi would be my last kid, ’cause I loved both of them; or whether I should use Margaret and Denise for middle names, or Leah and Angela. But now? Now, I have four blanks left (mainly for my boys), and I constantly think, I would seriously only use three or four of these names on real kids of mine.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of bringing back my double middle names, but with a twist: The first time around, I used both middle names as opportunities to use family names. This time, I’ve been considering using the first middle name as a name I like so much I don’t want to give it up, and the second middle saved for family names. (So instead of Caroline Anita Margaret, I’d use Lydia Caroline Anita.)

So let’s have an inverted blog, just for this post. I want you guys to give me information. Whether that’s just your favorite name at the moment, how you’ve revamped your lists, or how you deal when you baby naming mind is swamped, tell me. If anyone has some tips for this type of rehabilitation, I’d be more than willing to hear them. Toodle pip!

And now the real game begins…

Well, as I promised you, I’m here to tell you all about my top three favorite boy’s names. Last time, I told you all about Caroline Maria, Adriana Karen, and Isadora Amelia. (My tastes have since switched Adriana and Isadora’s middle names.) Now, I’m here to welcome you to James Daniel, Archer Leonard, and Harrison Michael.

My first favorite, and one that I think I’ll never grow out of, is James Daniel. Really, the only true meaning behind choosing this name is the fact that James and Daniel are my brothers. The only switch-up I made between my bro’s names and these is the nickname for James. My brother has always been Jim, Jimmy, or Jimbo. He’s never not Jimmy. So, I switched James Daniel’s nickname to Jamie. Why? Three reasons: One, so that when little James and namesake James are together, they aren’t mixed up by calling “JIMMY!” and having two people answer “YES?”. The next is that I have a female cousin named Jamie that I’d like to honor, and, to be honest, I really detest unisex names on girls with a passion. So, I figured this killed the proverbial two birds with the proverbial stone. Finally: I just like Jamie more than Jimmy.

Next on the agenda is Archer Leonard. Ever since hearing of Amy Poehler’s baby Archibald, I started thinking: “I love Archie as a nickname — It’s absolutely stinking adorable, but I really don’t like the -bald in the name.” So what’s a girl to do? Find a substitute, of course! Now, I’d heard of Archer before, but being the absentminded person I am, that name was completely out of my head when I was thinking of Arch- names. So I went onto babynames *DOT* com, looked up names beginning with Arch-, and found: Arch, Archer, Archibald, Archie, and Archwood. I eliminated all I found very bad, and was left with Archer! Leonard is my mother’s father’s name, and he’s very near and dear to me, so I wanted to honor him.

Last, but not least, is a name that was hiding in obscurity on my list for some time, but has now come to its peak in the #3 slot on my list: Harrison Michael. Harrison is a name I’ve loved ever since seeing the Robert Downey Jr. movie, Heart and Souls. I combine that with my love of Harry Potter, and get Harrison with the nickname Harry! Michael is Leonard’s middle name, my mother’s brother’s name, and my brother James’s middle name, so it figures that I’d want to use it in some combo of mine.

So there we go! That’s Jamie, Archie, and Harry. AWWW!

P.S. — I also have a blog at blogspot that you can check out of you so wish:
Mookie Monster’s Moniker Mania