Two of the women I'm working with are expecting babies (one each), so there has been quite a bit of chat about names lately. There have been some lovely names thrown into the discussion, as well as some funny ones, with the amusement factor being in how a potential first name fits with a surname.
There is a lot of discussion too about which gender is harder to name. I think boys names are much harder to come up with. This is an opinion based on experience. In each of my three pregnancies we came up with a girl's name very quickly, but found naming our two sons very tricky. So much so that even though we knew we having a boy third time around, we didn't have a name for him until he was 13 days old. (When I was eight weeks pregnant, we decided that we were going to call the baby Amelia. That obviously wasn't going to work for our 8lb11oz bouncing baby boy.)
I am rather fond of old-fashioned names for girls. And they certainly have had a resurgence over the last 15 years; every primary school in Australia must have at least one Ruby, Ella, Grace, Charlotte or Lily hanging off the monkeybars. There's a girl called Olive at our school, and there's a Hazel coming next year.
But I have got to thinking that there are some old fashioned names which haven't made a comeback.
Where are the little girls called Gladys and Eunice? Will Norma, Norah, Thelma, Wilma, Enid and Ethel ever reappear in the Saturday paper's baby announcements? I would very much like to see a revival of Dorothy as a name: we need more women called Dot or Dottie around.
Perhaps Angelina and Brad can call their twin baby girls (apparently they're girls) Beryl and Gertie. That will be very distinctive in a family which already has Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh to play with.
And think of the service that they would be doing for the truly old fashioned moniker.