Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Naming Names

A friend of mine is expecting her third child and so, along with her husband and older children, is working through the name selection process. While I most strongly suggest giving any son the first and middle names Vaclav Havel, I offer here for her further consideration some names recklessly drawn from The Sagas of Icelanders:

First some options for the name of a new baby girl:
  • Sigrid
  • Hrafnhild
  • Thordis Stick
  • Asgerd
  • Thorunn
  • Ingunn
  • Moeid
  • Asny
  • Thorlaug
  • Vigdis
  • Melkorka
Then an unfairly disproportionate slate of appellations suitable for a new son:
  • Thorolf
  • Harek
  • Kveldulf
  • Thorir Long-chin
  • Ketil Haeng
  • Olvir Hump
  • Onund Sjoni (Keen-sighted)
  • Olaf
  • Athelstan
  • Thorgils Boomer
  • Erik Blood-axe
  • Skallagrim
  • Hallvard
  • Thorgeir
  • Skuli
  • Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue
  • Hrafn the Poet
  • Hoskuld
  • Hrolf
  • Hromund the Lame
  • Thorbjorn Hunchback
  • Thord Hobbler
  • Finn the Squinter
  • Eyvind the Plagarist
Any of these would be choices sure to fill the older children with enthusiasm. If anyone else reading this has any other unexpected suggestions for her—be they as straightforward as Petunia, Mortimer, or Alphonse or peculiar, meaningful, and drawn from an interesting source—I'm sure she'd appreciate the ideas, so feel free to leave them in the comments.

4 Comments:

Blogger lemuel said...

Here are a few suggestions:

"Erik Njorl, son of Frothgar, leaves his home to seek Hangar the Elder at the home of Thorvald Nlodvisson, the son of Gudleif, half brother of Thorgier, the priest of Ljosa water, who took to wife Thurunn, the mother of Thorkel Braggart, the slayer of Cudround the powerful, who knew Howal, son of Geernon, son of Erik from Valdalesc, son of Arval Gristlebeard, son of Harken, who killed Bjortguaard in Sochnadale in Norway over Cudreed, daughter of Thorkel Long, the son of Kettle-Trout, the half son of Harviyoun Half-troll, father of Ingbare the Brave, who with Isenbert of Gottenberg the daughter of Hangbard the Fierce ..."

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I can't wait until McKenzie sees these! And she thought Charlotte was bad! hehehehe I love them!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Steve Ely said...

It looks, Laura, like Lemuel votes to name the kid "Monty," middle name, "Python."

I think I saw that episode many years ago, but I may have missed it. I never saw all of them——maybe half or fewer. I've got some catching up to do. I'll add those discs to my Netflix queue now.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Monty Python! It's brilliant! I'll keep that in mind, Steve. :D

8:53 AM  

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