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Cool Name of the Week: Sonia

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Anyone else catch the Tonys tonight? (Or were you all watching Game of Thrones? I admit I had to switch off Neil Patrick Harris and crew for an hour or so to see how this horrific—yet awesome—season came to a close!) This is the one awards show where I generally catch at least a few of the nominees—and as it turns out, the list of nominated plays and musicals is chock full of name options—on the musical side, there’s Annie, Matilda, Pippin, Edwin and Ella (minus the Cinder for a better baby name option). On the play side of the column, there’s Ann, Mary, Virginia and Cyrano. And of course, the Tony Award-winning play that’s a mashup of intriguing names—Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Of the names from the Tony Award winner, Sonia seems like the most likely to make an impact. After all, it’s actually a Russian/Scandinavian variant on the top girls’ baby name in the country, Sophia. Depending on the source, the name either means wisdom or love—both fabulous meanings for a baby’s name, don’t you think? The name hasn’t left the top 1000 baby names since before 1900—though it is on a bit of a downturn right now. Maybe the play will help bring it back into the limelight—if Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t already give it that extra oomph.

If you love the name Sonia, you need to go either short and sweet or much longer with your middle name. It pairs well with middle names like Rose, Marin, Hope or Catherine.

So what do you think of Sonia? Or is there another Tony Award-nominated name you’ve got your eye on? (P.S. Anyone else out there totally geek out over the fact that Cyndi Lauper scored a Tony?)

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Cool Name of the Week: Matilda

Monday, March 11th, 2013

For my daughters’ birthdays, we tend to give “experiences” instead of tangible gifts—special events that suit their passions at the moment. In the past, that’s meant a trip to the zoo and a carriage ride through the park, tickets to the ballet or to see Ringo Starr in concert (which meant that my daughter scored the jackpot of having her first rock concert be a rare reunion of the two remaining Beatles). Each year, my husband and I switch off on the planning, and only one of us goes—so each girl gets some special one-on-one time. This is my year to make the plans, and I already know that we’re hitting the brand new Broadway show Matilda when I head out with my oldest. She adored the book and the movie, and from the great buzz the musical is getting (it’s already had a wildly popular run in London), I’m sure she’ll be thrilled that we’re going to see it.

But I’m wondering if the musical will finally help bring this old-fashioned name back into prominence. Matilda is a strong German name that means battle mighty, and currently is in the top 800 baby names for girls. It was a top 100 baby name back in the 1880s, but declined until it bottomed out near the top 1000 baby names here in the U.S. until recently, when late actor Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams chose it for their daughter. (It’s an ultra popular name in Heath’s native Australia, and it’s also a top 50 name in England.)

But it’s a name that I’ve noticed a few times in my daughters’ school circles (in fact, my daughter’s talent show partner bears the name). Matilda comes with some cute nicknames—Mattie, Tillie and Tilda are the most common.

I’d love to see it paired with a short and sweet middle name—June, Maeve, or Jade.

What do you think of the name Matilda? Do you love the Roald Dahl classic?

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