It’s a baby name contest. There’s a restaurant that’s offering $10,000 if parents will choose an off-beat baby name: Quinoa (read more). Apparently before launching, they looked high and low and can’t find anyone named after this super food from the Andes. Really? Can’t imagine why no one has named their baby after a grain!
The ladies on CBS’ The Talk were were hysterical bantering about this unique baby name proposition, but had a great idea: name the baby, show the birth certificate and collect the prize, then change the name!
Are grain-y names going to become the new trend? Wheat, Barley, Oats, Corn. Please, say it ain’t so!
British bookmakers are taking wagers on the sex and name of royal baby and I bet you can put some money down on the odds in Vegas too. I’ve read that royal watchers seem to be betting heavily that William and Kate will name a female heir Alice (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-baby/11547860/Royal-baby-Princess-Alice-could-cost-bookmakers-500000-as-betting-mounts-ahead-of-birth.html). I think it’s a lovely name but don’t put any money on it!
Alice has been bandied around as a royal name since the 1800’s. Queen Victoria named her third child Alice Maud Mary. Alice married a German nobleman and went off to live in a Gran Duchy. Alice didn’t live very long—she died at age 35. She was also the mother of Alix who married Czar Nicholas of Russia, and as Empress of Russia was killed with her entire family in the Revolution. A lesser member of the royal family and a line that ended in tragedy… Alice doesn’t sound like a winner for the Windsors.
There’s been no Queen Alice of England, so the name isn’t steeped in British tradition, not enough to make it to the top of the list. I can’t picture the royals choosing a name that hasn’t already been tried out on a monarch.
I’ll tell what is the sure bet… Elizabeth. William has said that he has a good relationship with is grandmother: Queen Elizabeth II. Since the queen is alive and kicking, it would been a lovely way to honor her more than 50 years on the throne. William is also old enough to remember the beloved Queen Mother, and yes, she was another Elizabeth!
So family connections favor Elizabeth, but so does British history. Since William and Kate’s first born, George, is the heir apparent, then this next child will be further down the line to ascending the throne. But what if history repeats itself—after the death of Henry the VIII his two oldest children Edward and Mary had short-lived reigns, before their long reigning and influential sibling Queen Elizabeth I became queen. Elizabeth is a name that would bode well to reflect Britain’s golden age in history.
My vote is in. Elizabeth.
Looking for “Q’s”? We’ve just added two cute Q names to the Antique Baby Names Shop. Quincy reckons back to America’s 6th president, John Quincy Adams, whose term ended in 1829. Quintina is a mid-century (19th century!) that was found in Louisiana records and was used also in Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Thinking of an old-fashioned baby name with a bit of British flare?
Our newest additions will appeal to the anglophile parents-to-be.
Today we’ve added Petula and Terence
We’ve been asked where to get baby gifts with all those old fashioned baby names we have on our website. We’ve heard you. We now have adorable Antique Baby Names’ shirts, and onesies. There are so many names that we’re working hard to get the items designed and up on the site. Please visit the shop. If you don’t see your baby’s name — let us know. We’ll do our best to design something for your little one!
Today we’ve added Harry and Gabriella