Our family grew by four paws and one very waggy tail in December.
We’d decided to adopt a rescue dog way back in 2019. It took far longer than we expected, but we finally connected with a great local organization. (If you’re in metro DC, it’s Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. They were great!)
After an almost-match or two that didn’t work out, one of their volunteers called to tell us about Darly. She had a rough start in life, but she’s relentlessly upbeat and curious. I admire her resilience and optimism.
Okay, if I’m being honest I spent the first 72 hours in a little bit of a panic. (Rookie dog mom here … I didn’t realize just how active a 40-pound puppy could be.)
But I also fell in love.
We initially assumed we’d change her name … I mean, of course. But we all pretty quickly realized that Darly – the name she came with – suited her perfectly.
Of all the dog-related surprises, my willingness to not re-name the dog was probably the one that surprised me most of all.
If you adopted a rescue pet, I’m so curious … did you change names? Why or why not?
Gotta love a Top Ten that includes Wilfred and Florence. British Baby Names has rounded up the most popular choices from the Telegraph. Better still, she’s added data on that ever-elusive question: what are the most popular middle names?
Exactly what I needed to start the New Year: more medieval names! Yup, the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources has launched a new edition, adding gems like Gordian and Dominilde. Thanks to Sara and her colleagues for bringing so much joy – and scholarship! – to our lives!
I’m intrigued by Nancy’s question: are there other names ending with -fer that work? I mean … I still say Lucifer is a hard no. But I’m slightly obsessed with Dulcifer, at least as a way out-there middle. I’ll take Ava Dulcifer over Ava Rose any day …
Love the name that Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund (apparently) chose for their new son: Rhodes! It’s a little bit buttoned-up and scholarly, but bold and adventurous, too. Boy names ending with -s don’t appeal to me in theory, but whenever I’m presented with one (Hayes, Banks, Wells), I find myself really liking them.
This question at SanctaNomina got me thinking about the patterns we see in our kids’ names – but no one else notices. The couple asked Kate if they should stick with saints’ names drawn from the Roman canon. (It’s recited during every Mass, and includes a long list of names.) Here’s the thing – I’m Catholic. I’ve heard that exact recitation of names thousands upon thousands of times. I didn’t notice. In fact, I don’t think that their daughter’s names – Felicity and Lucy – feel particularly Catholic. (Though I know other Catholic families with daughters with both of those names.) And so I find myself thinking … we often see patterns that no one else does, and worry about breaking (or continuing) a naming rule that only our little family ever knew about in the first place. It’s another endorsement for using the name you love, nevermind the patterns.
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