In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Something new

Well, relatively speaking. It's not a new interest or topic, just these are my two favorite baby names right now. Even though I've loved James for a long time, the girl name is very new (I've had the names on my list, but way down). Drum roll...
James Phillip and Phoebe Calista.

Yeah, so Mom and Dad don't like them at all. I think they maybe think James is ok. Phoebe Calista is just too strange for them (though they did remember that that's the name of one of the characters on Friends, and they never even liked that show!).

But it's really odd for me to only have one name for each sex that I would actually consider using (obviously, I have hundreds that I like and are on my list, but they don't pass muster when it comes to all the little ways they have to be perfect with Wilson and have an emotional connection). Oh, what emotional connetion, you ask? Well, aside from loving James for a long time and the fact that it is very handsome, it was the name of a character in a book I read as a teenager that I liked. Also, it is my grandpa's middle name. Phillip is very cool, but the emotional connection is just that our Carper ancestor was named Philip. Phoebe to me sounds like the name of a woman from the mid to late 1700s and it's Greek (and I love Greek names). Calista is just very beautiful and, of course, Greek. Not as much emotional connection to Phoebe Calista as other names on my list, but it is the perfect match, I think.


  1. I gotta say Phoebe is a no for me. We had this terrible black cocker spaniel named Phoebe. She was a maniac dog. Sorry!

  2. A bad personal association will do that for a name!