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!

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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!