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!

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:

• 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!

I’m sorry, but you sound like a dog.

I’d like to start off with a kudos and congratulations to actress Mira Sorvino and hubby Christopher Backus on the birth of their wonderfully-named baby boy: Holden Paul Terry Backus! Don’t know Mira? Maybe not her name, but you’ll remember her: She starred in Mighty Aphrodite as Linda Ash (1995), Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion as Romy White (1997), The Great Gatsby as Daisy Buchanan (2000), and guest starred in a 2008 episode of House (“Frozen”) as Dr. Cate Milton. Now you probably remember her. She had a long, complicated pregnancy, but now it’s reported that mother and son are just fine. Holden joins fellow wonderfully-named sister Mattea Angel (born 2004) and brother John “Johnny” Christopher King (born 2006). Congrats for the birth, kudos on the names!

And now, onto the post that goes along with the eyebrow-raising title. This post is based on names commonly used on babies, but sound (to me, at least) like they belong on a Cocker Spaniel.

***Note: Some of these names are nicknames. Some of these nicknames sound perfectly human when used in their longer form, but these nicknames, to me, sound canine-inspired. Also, no offense to anyone who likes/has/knows anyone with a name listed here.***

The Bitches: (No, I’m not being derogatory.)
• Coco
• Daisy
• Dixie
• Lily (I’m just so sick and tired of hearing this name on little girls, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear it on a dog.)
• Lottie
• Maisie
• Molly
• Maggie
• Piper
• Poppy
• Posey
• Sadie
• Sasha

The Studs:
• Bruce
• Bruno
• Brutus
• Carl/Carlos
• Chance
• Chase
• Cooper
• Hank
• Oscar
• Rusty/Russell

But, like I said, most of these are just nicknames that are wonderful on a human child if they have a longer name form. Would any of you like to share names you think sound best fit for pups? C’mon now, I’ll give you a treat if you do!