State of baby names range from the botanical to fishy

State of baby names range from the botanical to fishy

Inspired by one Canberra couple's naming of their new baby Bluebelle (after the Royal Bluebell, our Territory's floral emblem) we're asking for fitting names to give babies to mark Canberra's centenary year. Now here's another kind of naming idea.

Reader Kenneth Truelsen advises that ''My daughter, Aisha Caitlyn Truelsen, shares her birthday with Canberra on 12 March 2013. She's six and turns seven on 12 March. She's been aware for a while that her initials are the same as the territory in which we live and she is quite chuffed about seeing ACT all over the place. And no, it was not planned, but just happened that way.''

Now there's an example to you, readers. If your 2013 baby is already going to be blessed with a surname that begins with a T you could easily contrive the evocative initials ACT for him or her. You could, using botanical first names for a girl with a T surname (like, say, Trumper, the great cricketer) call her, musically, tinklingly, Acacia Corymbia Trumper.

Meanwhile, following another reader's suggestion of lovely names, like Melliodora, taken from scientific names for Canberra trees and creatures, fishing guru Bryan Pratt tell us that one of his fishing friends has called his daughter Makaira Indica. This is the eerily musical-sounding of Makaira indica, the Black Marlin.

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