It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Name that baby

babyname1We have a new baby!

I told you about her a little while back. She has had a few half-days here, but this week is her first week of full-time, full-day care. She turned a year old this week, too.

She’s a tiny thing, delicate of bone and slender as a reed. Her eyes are a sparkling brown, always dancing with good humour and mischief.

The only thing that disturbs her effervescent good mood is my front door. The Parent-Eating Door. She comes in through that door with a parent, she rests in a parent’s arms while parent and I exchange info, and then? Then the parent goes out through that door! And doesn’t come back all day!

She KNOWS the parent out there, and if she could only get through that door, or cause it to open, she KNOWS there would be the parent, waiting on the other side of the door.

Sometimes the door does open, but it’s always someone else’s parent, dropping off another child. Not Good.

She’s easy to distract, though. This high-energy, high-stim kid does not thank you for gentle crooning and soft soothing. Nuh-uh. What she requires is hands-on rowdiness.

So, as she points, wailing, at the Parent-Eating Door, I run at her with a cry of delight. “GOT THE BAAAAAY-BEEEE!!!!” I swoop down, scoop her up, and TOSS her into the air.

Other children would be stiff with terror at this point. Not this elfin child. She squeals, she laughs, she totally forgets the Parent-Eating Door.

She’s quite the character, this child.

And I don’t have a name for her! Her real name is Scandinavian, so I thought I’d use another, but the only one I can think of is Ingrid, and that name conjures up the serious intellectual type. (The kind who makes dreary depressive art house films…) She may end up being an intellectual, this little sprite, but I can’t see her ever being serious.

So. How’d you like to name that baby? Any suggestions? I’ve thought of Sprite and Elfin, but they’re names for pets, not children.

We’re looking for a name that suits a tiny, wiry, fiery, laughing pixie of a girl.

All ideas gratefully received!

April 7, 2009 - Posted by | daycare | , ,


  1. Hmmmmm… being Scandinavian myself, I think I can suggest a few. Lene, means light. Thora, means thunder. Marit, means pearl. Birgit, means strong. But perhaps the most appropriate would be Nissa, which means friendly elf! You can also spell it Nisse, or Nysse.

    Thank you for these! So many good choices. Among them, the winner! Thank you for a lovely name for an adorable little girl.

    Comment by Kiera | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Pippi, as in Pippi Longstocking (

    Comment by Robyn | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. Tinkerbell?

    Comment by Dustin | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. I kind of like Quenby? But it’s meaning is Queen’s Manor which might be to heavy. The name itself feels light and I had a friend growing up with that name who was very light and friendly?

    Comment by Cindy | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  5. I like Aina it means Forever.

    Comment by billarends | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. I would defy gravity and give her a serious sounding name, like Eleanor.

    Comment by ClumberKim | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. I was going to suggest Pippi, and I see I’m not the first.

    Comment by Dragon | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. My vote is for Nissa…..seems to fit on many different levels.

    Comment by Redhead Mommy | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  9. Kirsten? Lise? Dorthe?

    Comment by Blythe | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  10. why not pixie???? that’s cute too
    you also described her as a pixie of a girl!

    Comment by Marie | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  11. I like Pippi and Nissa a lot! I like Freya, too…and even Loki, though she’s a girl and he’s the boy god of mischief!

    Comment by Carolie | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  12. I’ve always liked Esme.

    Comment by Patti | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  13. Annika means gracious and I like the way it sounds.

    Comment by carrie | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  14. Elfa or Elsa.

    Comment by daysgoby | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  15. I was going to suggest Nixie, but I think I like Nissa better myself. 🙂

    Comment by Rini | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  16. A friend of mine has a daughter named Nissa. I like that or Pippi.

    Comment by Florinda | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  17. My older daughter’s middle name is Esme, Patti. I love that name.

    What about Astrid?

    Comment by Bridgett | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  18. I love Astrid and Nissa enough, I wish I were planning to have another child. Maybe my next dog will get a kids’ name.

    Comment by Allison | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  19. Britt.

    Comment by lisa | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  20. Olivia or Roxanne

    Comment by MJH | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  21. Hmm…Aggie? Eva? Brigitte?

    Comment by Coley Moley!!! | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  22. What about Heather? I don’t know if it meets criteria but that’s what came to mind from you description.

    Comment by Zayna | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  23. I first thought of Pippi Longstocking – as have other readers. I loved those books as a child! Wikipedia describes Pippi as “very unconventional, assertive and extraordinarily strong, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. ”
    More info here:

    Comment by Altissima | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  24. Oh, Pippi for sure!

    Comment by barneyneuberger | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  25. Dagmar?

    Comment by Tammy | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  26. what about Inga? like Ingrid, but not as stern.

    Comment by Meesha | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  27. After reading all these, I vote Nissa! What a gorgeous name!

    Comment by Lex | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  28. Some suggestions from Helsinki:

    Tiina, Tiia, Pia, Marjut, Miia, Tuuli, Anne, Saara, Tujja, Heli – all of them are nice colleagues of mine… 🙂

    Comment by Suzi | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  29. And yes, Inka 🙂

    Comment by Suzi | April 8, 2009 | Reply

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