February 2009


Sorry for the absence, guys. Veritable pile of schoolwork.

In my religion class, we’ve been discussing Islam. Besides getting a greater appreciation for the religion (I would say I’ve actually been particularly struck by it; it’s a beautiful religion), I’ve picked up on some of the naming conventions. People often name their children after some of the earliest converts to the religion, in addition to Muhammad himself. Remember, the name of the prophet is the most popular one in the world! I thought I’d do a list of name often given in the Muslim community, with some prophet names and early converts thrown in. I don’t profess any expertise, though, so if I’m wrong about something, please, correct me!

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So I was recently asked by Lola why Daphne was not my #1, as I love it so much. I responded that my boyfriend doesn’t like it. Given that I do take his taste into account, I thought it might be interesting to give you guys a peek into his naming tastes and preferences. He’s not really into names at all; he just likes to humor me. Question and Answer format for the hell of it.

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June has been on my mind lately, mostly in the middle but sometimes as a first. I think it’s spunky, unusual, and endowed with a good bit of sass. My first association is June from KaBlam!, the awesome 90s kid’s show.

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Vagueperson, as seen in the comments on the Top Ten: Boys, post, is expecting a child. Well, technically I guess you’d say his wife is, but he’s expecting it to show up, too…Anyway, I’ve gotten the thumbs up to help out the happy couple by doing a post asking for your suggestions. I know you guys will have some good ideas!

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Since we did one for girls, it’s only fair to sum up my Top Ten boys for now. I know I don’t talk nearly as much about boys’ names and girls’, but I do have a top ten!

  1. Rufus
  2. Frederick
  3. Johann/Johannes
  4. Niles
  5. Calvin
  6. Edward
  7. Peregrine
  8. Alasdair
  9. Leopold
  10. Malcolm

So, again, only first name fodder here. John and Richard are my favorite middle choices at the moment.

What do you think of my top ten? What’s yours?

I never do recap posts or general lists, so I thought I’d give everyone an idea of where I am, name wise, at the moment. Just single names, not combos; my head would explode trying to decide on just one per name!

  1. Alice
  2. Daphne
  3. Lucy
  4. Petra
  5. Martha
  6. Harriet
  7. Margaret/Margery “Daisy”
  8. Penelope
  9. Susan
  10. Augusta

These are just in front, mind; Margareta, Jane, Marianne et al are all still firm favorites in the middle.

What’s your Top Ten for girls at the moment? What do you think of mine?

I’ve been really into Allegra lately. Its bouncy sound, open look, and effortless femininity have been appealing to me big time. Of course, there’s the allergy medication problem. I don’t seem to see the commercials too much anymore, though, do you?

I think the primary appeal to Allegra is the sound. It’s open yet strong, feminine yet grounded. It’s unabashedly joyous but down to earth. Honestly, it’s quite perfect, going completely on sound. To my mind’s eye, Allegra is pink/red/green/yellow, god knows why. Very colorful, like its sound. I also love the general look of the name. It’s balanced, but the hanging tail of the g lends it a little quirk. That’s why I sometimes find names like Hannah boring; they’re so regular looking in writing. Sometimes I like balance, but a little quirk is likely to intrigue me more. Another possible plus, depending on your point of view, is the possible nickname Allie. If Allegra would rather blend in, she’s got that.

The problem with Allegra is obviously the allergy medication. that’s the first thing most people think of. In my traditional weirdness vein, though, that’s not my first association. I think of Allegra’s Window, the mid-90s children’s show. I don’t know if I ever watched it, but that’s my first association. It’s not unpleasant, and a lot better than medicine!

Some Allegra combos, for the halibut:

  • Allegra Corinne
  • Allegra Beatrix
  • Allegra Daphne
  • Allegra Frances
  • Allegra June

I’m in a two name combo mood today. I’m also lazy and don’t feel like thinking about second middles too much.

So what are your thoughts on Allegra? Would you consider it usable? Would you use it yourself? What would you pair it with?

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