Let me say this first and foremost: there is no set guide to how to name a child.
Which is fabulous news for me, because I’m the type of person who makes things up as she goes along.
Personally, I was born a Lucy in a remarkably average 4 child – 3 girls, one boy – family. All our names have been in the Top 10 at some point, and in the case of the younger two, still are. Many of you may love Lucy, and so do I when the mood takes me, but I’d much rather be called Lou any day of the week because it’s my opinion that I’m far too clumsy and far too into sport to wear a dainty, girly name such as Lucy.
But in terms of what this blog is about, it was mostly conceived to give a voice to naming from across the pond, since most of the name blogs I subscribe to are written by Americans (ed:well, when I started out at least), there’s nothing wrong with them, but their tastes and my tastes aren’t exactly in line, especially when they were called names such as Florence the next big thing.
Also, in keeping with the name of this blog, I do also heavily feature french names. This is because I study French at a high enough level that when I’m not watching James Bond, I’m watching Coco Avant Chanel, when I’m not listening to Busted, I’m listening to Kyo. All this soaking in French Pop Culture means I meet French names as frequently as I meet English names. So I’m inclined to write about them on a regular basis.
Whilst we’re on it, to explain the name of the blog is quite simple. This is the first blog I’ve ever attempted successfully; Mer de Noms was the first album I bought and successfully sat listening to the whole way through, plus managed to sync onto my iPod without technical difficulties.
The background you can see was indeed taken by yours truly. It’s of a beach in Iceland, from my 2010 geography field trip.
Feel free to write to us about anything related to name or the blog in general. Have a favourite series of posts you want to see more of? A name you’d like to know more about?