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Le Salon Littéraire du Peuple pour le Peuple

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Edited: Oct 7, 2013, 2:30am Top

GUYS. Guys. I don't know who-all is still out there, but if you is, please (please) to share in this my BEST NEWS: my girlfriend, Talia, is pregnant, and we are going to have a baby!!!

I think many of you know that I've been waiting for this for a long time (kind of bad at shutting up about it), and so you can imagine how thrilled we are (the relevant quantifier is SO. SO thrilled). But down to business: baby names! I can't handle the naming websites (it's all fourteen-year-olds trading names like Aristasianica and Sir Handsomthorpe for the characters in their fanfics and women who use the abbreviations DH/DS/DD and pick out fake names for imaginary "sibsets" like they're matching the china to the silverware). I know the Salon is sluggish these days (I better email Enrique), but I also happen to know that at least a few of you guys have a history of picking out extremely excellent names for your children, so I put it to you.

My last name is McCarvill, and hers is Showers, which she hates, so it is likely that the children will bear the patriarchal brand. Current hot contenders include:

Sylvie, Azalea, Eleanor, Esmeralda for a girl (I guess they're kind of princessy too)

Milo, Elliott, Theodore, Silas for a boy

Bucbuc for a novelty lighter

Oct 4, 2013, 5:09pm Top

Oh, Congratulations!!!!!!!

Call him Ishmael.

Oct 4, 2013, 5:42pm Top

Fantastic news !

As an inspiration my three boys names are :


Oct 4, 2013, 7:23pm Top

Oh Mazel Tov! Not so great with the baby name thing, but will ruminate on it.

Oct 4, 2013, 8:20pm Top

And what is wrong with Bucbuc?

My first thought: toss the girl names out immediately.

Silas is the only possible of the boy names.

So, I also thought, they're still together, good, how was i to know.

Now names: Vito for a boy, Rosa (short for Barbarossa) for a girl.

She or he must visit Slovenia for a naming ceremony, even if others are held elsewhere.

Oct 4, 2013, 8:20pm Top

Queequeg, Tashtego, Daggoo. Or Clarel.

Mac, we've thought about Ulysses; Jason is my least favourite cousin, so that's out; and I like Tristan but does he resent you for naming him "sad"?

Anna, I'm pretty sure you were excellent with the baby name thing. Pretty sure you were.

Edited: Oct 4, 2013, 11:43pm Top

Queequeg would be cool

Tristan sad ? Introspective maybe and a great lover !

Oct 5, 2013, 1:10am Top

If you could dig out the old thread back when LibraryThing people were offering up names for Abby's baby you might find something interesting.

I am partial to Aelfric for a boy and enamored of Boadicea for a girl.


Edited: Oct 5, 2013, 3:13am Top

Well, it's from triste, right? Though maybe if I think of him as the lover, "Trystin'," it'll change things.

Rick, Talia's an anti-Italian bigot who refuses to consider names like Vito. (Also, Giacomo.) Rosa has potential. Thanks! I actually think we might swing through your zone but details are tbd. Are you around next summerish?

Mr. Durick, I am also partial to Aelfric. Thanks, and thanks for the thread tip. Boadicea--except when it's Boudicca I don't even know how to say it.

Oct 5, 2013, 3:32am Top

I'd say it "Bo McCarvill."


Oct 5, 2013, 4:00am Top

Margarita, Mabel, Ione or Skye. Harvey or Hans. Or Will. Will McCarvill. Or it's Jill McCarvill. Or Margarita Showers?

Best news I've heard all year. Thanks for making my night!

Oct 5, 2013, 4:46am Top


Meditations sounds as good as anything. I think it would suite a boy or a girl. Med for short and Med Showers has a nice ring to it.

Oct 5, 2013, 6:28am Top

I would recommend Queequeg asva middle name - the Q is key. Dante Q Showers-McCarvill. For a girl, Veda S Showers-McCarvill. S for Shaherazad.

Oct 6, 2013, 6:18am Top

Great news, congratulations! No suggestion for names, but I'm having fun reading those from others.

Oct 6, 2013, 6:21am Top

I like Bo for boy or girl.

next summerish...we hope to have enough money to visit the US (parents, wife's brother) as soon as possible, but....we would try to work it out if there is some chance of seeing you breeders

Edited: Oct 6, 2013, 8:12am Top

Vito in slovene is from Vitomil...perhaps Milo?

Oct 6, 2013, 8:14am Top

Is McCarville the last name for sure?

And: why not choose a cool last name too? Not that McCarville isn't but if, say, Agnes Smedley hadn't been used...

Edited: Oct 6, 2013, 9:08am Top

Congratulations Martin.

Max McCarvill Showers?


Oct 6, 2013, 11:22am Top

A boy named Sue ?

Oct 6, 2013, 2:23pm Top

Boone for a boy. Because it goes with McCarvill.

Rahma was the name I would have given a girl if I had had one. It does not go with the last name though. Marian, perhaps?

Edited: Oct 7, 2013, 2:36am Top

>11 EnriqueFreeque: Enrique, my sister had a persona called "Margarita Palmtree" in her younger days (a kind of Ziggy Stardust character, a bubble of hyperreality granting her license to throw drinks on you and make out with strange boys and tape teakettles to the ceiling in a way that plain Nikky never could). I wonder if she'd take our using the name as a tribute or as, like, trying to annex her soul?

Mabel is a milkmaid, which has its good and bad, Ione and Skye are Ione Skye (I like Iona tho), Harvey is a six-foot rabbit, which is appealing, and Hans is Hansel, which I like a lot but Talia rejects with retching.

>12 baswood: Med is nice. Medellia?

>13 A_musing: I'd better get on reading the Vedas by February then. But Veda Scheherazade is lovely.

>15 RickHarsch: Milovit? Bo is body odour and Bo Jackson and "say, bo" and I dunno, man. We are gonna stay with some friends in Sweden for a bit but my mum's family will be dicks if I don't also go to Austria and you are right adjacent, so I hope paths will cross. You're also very welcome in East Vancouver.

>17 RickHarsch: McCarvill is colourless, but as Talia says, "in elementary school it's 'Never-Showers' and in high school its 'Golden Showers', and she seems pretty adamant that her kid's not gonna go through that.

>18 zenomax: Ludovic and Letitia are both good ones, seem likely to set the kid up for a life of weird happenings. Maxmilian has been mooted as a middle name with Milo. I've also considered Zeno, though I'm more of an Epicurus man.

Any votes on Linnea? Zane? (He'd have to be a Showers.) Saskia?

Oct 7, 2013, 2:37am Top

Anna, I really like Boone for somebody's kid but he sounds too tough to be my son. Like he won't respect me till I beat up or trap and skin the other dads. Marian is nice! Talia is not so sure. She is being difficult.

Oct 7, 2013, 5:39am Top

No shit, she gave Italy the boot.

Oct 7, 2013, 3:02pm Top

Zane is a great name. Considered it for my own son, along with Zeno and Xan.

Oct 7, 2013, 3:45pm Top

I have known two Vedas, each of them lovely human beings, so I have positive associations with the name. I have always wanted to know a Sheherazad.

Oct 7, 2013, 5:05pm Top

I wish deep and long for a blank slate of a surname like Brown or Jones, allowing for more peacocking on the given names. Maybe Rick is right. Maybe we should give the kid his last name. Sheherazade Harsch.

Oct 7, 2013, 5:24pm Top

Many, many congratulations!

We strongly considered Chloe and to a lesser degree Phoebe. Went with Hayley.

Boys names always leave me cold. Don't know why. Guess it's good that I never had one.

Again, congrats.

Oct 7, 2013, 5:29pm Top

I love persian names like Alizedeh, Shahinaz, Sheherezad, Pakinam, etc. I actually personally am friends with a Shahinaz.

Edited: Oct 7, 2013, 5:32pm Top

For the record: I like Boone.

ETA--but understand your concerns with it.

Oct 8, 2013, 1:04am Top

I only lurk here, but allow me to make my suggestions.

Tristan for a boy

Blythe for a girl

And may you have boy+girl twins!!

Oct 8, 2013, 1:13am Top

You do realize that whatever you pick the kid will probably dislike?

Call the girl Hermenegilde and she will wish you called her Jane. And the other way round.

Oct 8, 2013, 1:35am Top

Why not simply Rick Harsch. Boy or girl. Maybe the next one will be better? Give Rick a chance.

Oct 8, 2013, 9:33am Top


Oct 10, 2013, 5:20pm Top

I want twins so much! I'm hoping one is hiding behind the other, shadowing it sardonically in the womb as it will certainly do in life. Rick, what would you name your twin given the chance? Hermenegilde Jane?

Oct 10, 2013, 5:59pm Top

lqarl.....I suppose Doppelganger is taken. probably Curly McBadnik

Oct 12, 2013, 2:25pm Top


Oct 12, 2013, 2:25pm Top


Oct 12, 2013, 2:56pm Top

21> You'd be nincompoops not to name your twins Margarita Palmtrees.

Oct 13, 2013, 7:13am Top

i.e., Moctezuma Margarita Palmatrees McCarville and Axolotla Margarito Palmtrees McCarville

Oct 15, 2013, 1:26pm Top

Work nincompoop in and I'm sold. Current frontrunners for the (nonexistent, if they know what's good for them) twins: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Oct 15, 2013, 8:28pm Top

Congratulations, Martin! And Talia!

Martini McCarvill sounds like a name begging to happen, just sayin'...

Where's that thread about citybaby? You got a goldmine right there.

Twins: Tosca and Titus

Oct 16, 2013, 3:28pm Top

Aha! Yes. Time to stripmine citygirl's discarded names.

And Lola, Tosca is so good, but no one who dies! My kid's gonna buck that trend.

Everyone wants twins so much except the one who must bear them.

Oct 16, 2013, 5:45pm Top


Oct 17, 2013, 6:24pm Top

Galactus Infinitus. The Living Tribunal.

Oct 17, 2013, 11:10pm Top

How about Tom. Girl, maybe Laura.

Edited: Oct 18, 2013, 3:05am Top

Laura's more of a boy's name. And Tom of course only appropriate for a pet turkey.

Oct 18, 2013, 8:05pm Top

I just thought you need some more standard suggestions for perspective: Pete, Margie...Elephantiasis, Tsetse...

Edited: Oct 18, 2013, 9:00pm Top

Bruce and Brucella. Or Candide and Candida(iasis).

Oct 19, 2013, 5:17am Top

I have a novel with a woman named Candida Sickles--avoid anything close.

Oct 19, 2013, 12:19pm Top

A data point here and that is all... My grandchildren are named August (boy) and Aziza (girl)

I have always liked Emma (my sister's name) but now it is the most popular baby name I do not think I'd choose it...

I think I told you guys that Chris' sons are both named variants on "John," Jack and Sean. We joke about what he would have named a third kid, Johann or Joanna perhaps!

Oct 20, 2013, 1:06am Top

I loved Emma, and Lily, and Sophia ... each time, my dreams were dashed. Now it's my turn to ruin someone else's dream.

But those are excellent grandchildren, Anna. Twins? The names suit it. What does Aziza mean?

My dear sweet mum suggested Rosie with such sweet dearness that I think we've become quite taken by it, but what might it be short for? I liked Rosa, but Talia thinks it's too Hispanic (bigot; see above). Rosemary is too herbal, Rosalind is Roz, Roswitha is obviously amazing, if only I could convince anyone else of that fact; any other possibilities for a little girl nicknamed Rosie, sadly bereft of a long-form name?

Oct 20, 2013, 5:54am Top


Oct 20, 2013, 9:54am Top

A taste of the Bright Light Quartet singing Sweet Roseanne (USians can hear the whole song free on Pandora).

I don't think there's a hard and fast rule about nicknames... If you start using Rosie--even for Violet--it will catch on.

Rosamund. And what's wrong with Rose? Too obvious?

Oct 20, 2013, 1:45pm Top

51: Aziza means dear, in both senses... Cherished but also expensive :)

No they are not twins. They are a year apart. Aziza (the nickname is Ziza) is the oldest. I saw her just yesterday. She is 18 months.

I love Rosamund!

Oct 20, 2013, 2:28pm Top

I like Rosamund too! What about Rosalie?

Oct 20, 2013, 3:02pm Top

>55 MeditationesMartini: Oooo. I love both.

Oct 20, 2013, 3:23pm Top


Jun 1, 10:45pm Top

Happy first, second, third, fourth and fifth birthday, Martin's baby!


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