On My Mind: 2-2-20

Beanie Feldstein

Beanie - I'm in love with actress Beanie Feldstein's name. You may have seen her in "Lady Bird" and "Booksmart", and to my shock, she is Jonah Hill's sister! She was born Elizabeth Greer Feldstein, and her brother's nicknamed her Beanie when she was two. I love seeing creative nicknames, especially for more classic names - it gives them a touch of brightness, and a lot more leeway.

Names from Ragnarok - I'm a sucker for teen drama shows and Netflix's new Norwegian show, "Ragnarok", which brings Norse Mythology to the modern age, is right up my alley. It also has some great names. For boys there's Magne, Laurits, Fjor, and Vidar; for girls Isolde, Ran, Gry, Saxa, and Turid. And to my delight, a dog named Trym.

Lison - This gorgeous French name has been on my radar for a while. I came across it in the top 1000 names for France - in 2018 it ranked #115 - and ever since then it's been in the back of my mind. It first popped up in 1991 which makes me wonder if there was a character that sprung it into popularity (if anyone knows, let me know!). I believe it's a nickname for Elizabeth, and it's also a place in the Normandy Region of France.

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