Why did your parents call you LaShawn

Baby names of the week 18/2017

Frida Luise–
Basically a wonderful, classic combination, very consistent. The first name is a bit crisp (consonant clustering, etc.), the second then very soft and pleasing, whereby the bright I-sound from Frida is taken up again. I think Frida Luise is much more beautiful than Frida Luisa - the Schwa end of the station wagon is lovely.

But Frieda would have written; that's just the traditional spelling; Frida without E seems a bit artificial to me.

Ervin – The V really bothers me. As a result, a very beautiful traditional German name is somehow newfangled, as if one could not stand by the old German name. However: if the child has Scandinavian roots, then of course it fits. So, I'm really for Frieda and Erwin (would be really good sibling names, by the way).

Elias Norbert–

Hmm, totally Hebrew meets totally old German. It works somehow, but I don't think it's entirely consistent. That Norbert is an after-naming seems obvious; then of course it also makes sense from a family perspective. I love both names individually very much. Especially Norbert. I would find Norbert Elias even more beautiful in sound.

Nicholas Michael - and I'll keep nagging! Here, too, I advocate the old tradition: Nikolaus Michael would have been so perfect! Always these newfangled alienations of traditional names - I regret that….

Edgar Moritz–

Like the name in terms of sound and style. Edgar has been naturalized as an Anglo-Saxon name in Germany since at least the 19th century. Don't think it's as beautiful as the really old German names, not as beautiful as Eduard or Edwin either, but still quite good. I think Moritz fits in with this in terms of sound: the “Ar” merges pleasantly into the tonally similar but modified syllable “Mor”, and the hearty “itz” ending ends the whole thing dramatically. However, I agree with new here that Edwin Moritz would have been even more beautiful and, also because of the vowel repetition, more uniform.

Still: thumbs up for Edgar Moritz.


For me, the feminine variant of Ali remains a very Muslim name. Therefore, the name became popular among Afro-Americans, because Afro-Americans often gave / assigned Muslim names out of recollection of African roots. Cataleya isn't a bit Muslim. The sound of both names is probably in the foreground, a series of many vowels and rather soft consonants. For me, the Muslim context would not be appropriate.

Many exotic names in this country today, such as Lonisa. Only find names like this good if there is a suitable cultural context. Ladainian Tyrese sounds very typically African American; there are sure to be such roots. The syllable “La” is used a lot in the Afro-American context in male name creations, sometimes also in female names. Knew a lot of African American Lashawns and the like.

Luis Eugenius - and again I plead for the traditional: Ludwig Eugen. How wonderful that would have been!

And now I'll let it be good ...