This weeks names are: Ramona & Sebastian
What do these names have in common? Both are three-syllables and both remind me of two of my childhood loves; the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary and the lovable little crab Sebastian, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Ramona is a Spanish name and a feminine form of Ramon, meaning “wise protector”. The image of Ramona Quimby gives this name a quirky and familiar sound to me. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard named their first daughter Ramona. Ramona was most popular in the U.S. in 1928 at #117. Ramona has dropped considerably in popularity, falling out of the top 1,000 in 1989.
Sebastian is Latin from a Greek name, meaning “from Sebaste”. I’ve noticed this name being used on many T.V. shows and movies lately. Sebastian has spiked in usage both in pop culture and in overall popularity. Sebastian is currently #45 in the United States, up 48 spots in the past 10 years. I love many of the fun nicknames that can come from Sebastian, my favorite being “Baz”. I watched the movie The Neverending Story so much as a child that I also have a soft spot for Bastian as a nickname.
Hear me chat more about these names:
Happy almost Thanksgiving!