A bit of web surfing from link to link landed me on a site that confirmed that once again I was way ahead of fashion.
For the past ten years I have mentioned to one and all who would listen that I fancy bird names as baby names.
Perhaps it was because I went to school with a Lark, Larkie, Robin and a Piper, all of whom were very cool chicks.
Currently the name Piper is coming in at #55 out of 100 of the top girl names so far for 2010.
Phoebe is #70, Wren is #73.
Celebs have really being leading the charge on this trend though, as reported on HERE:
Did an incipient trend for bird names inspire Nicole Richie and Joel Madden to name their newborn son Sparrow, or was it the other way around? No matter. Bird names are the latest genre of nature names, now that the gardens of flower names have become overgrown.
Up and coming avian names: Lark, Wren, Hawk, Dove, Anything but the dated Robin. Then there’s also the genetic Birdie, daughter of Maura West.
As such newsy tidbits tend to do, I immediately began thinking of other sorts of bird names.
Before long I was dug in on the subject and produced my own list of "Bird Names For Babies" as follows.
(Names not suitable for first name would be fabulous middle names or nicknames, IMHO.)
Cassowary (definitely a good nickname for Cassandra. I love Cassowaries in real life!)
Cotinga ("Lovely Cotiga" is one of the Cotinga types.)
Lory (wouldn't those three "L" names be great for triplet girls?)
Quail (or Quayle?)
Bat (Bat Masterson: the cowboy. Good nickname name as his was. A mammal but whatever.)
Coot (Another great nickname!)
Hob ( name for a male swan, females are called a pen.)
BTW, my mom had an uncle whose nickname was Chick. I seem to recall a few old time famous men going by that handle.
Well, there's my list, take it or leave it; there are no babies underway with anyone that I would hold the slightest hope of influencing anyway.
On the other hand...consider studying up on the list, then challenging someone to a pick-up game of Scrabble armed with these names.
Need proof that these names are real? See HERE.
You can even click on the name links to see pictures of the birds, if you need to reassure yourself that the bird is actually nice looking.