Last week's results are in: Mira beats Topanga 8-4; Saoirse barely edges out Sabrina 6-5.
This week's match-ups: 4 Amelia vs 5 Lavinia from the "Pop Culture" region, and 4 Salvadora vs 5 Seona (see-oh-nah) from the "S-Names" region.
Gar: This week's matches are pretty interesting. Amelia is a reference to the great Amelia Earhart: aviation pioneer, women's rights advocate, and adventurer. She was intelligent, spirited, and courageous enough to follow her dreams even though she lived in a culture and society that was not ready for a woman like her. I would love for Baby Girl Chan to have the same traits! As for Salvadora and Seona, both of these S-names could easily be in our Biblical category as well. Salvadora means "savior", while Seona means "God is gracious." I like both names, but based upon meaning AND sound, I'll go with Seona.
Shiv: The meaning of Siobhan is "God is gracious" too. I do like Salvadora and Garrett said that we can call her "Sally" for short. =) (He just said that as I am writing my response to his.) It is a tough choice. I would have to say that I would prefer Seona as well. It just rolls off the tongue better. As for the "Pop Culture" region, Lavinia is in homage to Downton Abbey. Yes, she was a character who kept our two favorite characters from being together, but Mary didn't fit with our name bracket. We know of many amazing Mary's but Lavinia was more unique. Lavinia Chan... doesn't that sound great, Garrett?
Gar: While I will concede to Downton Abbey being gangsta, I don't think "Lavinia Chan" sounds that great. What will we call her for short? La-La? Nia? Vinny? I looked up the meaning of the name and it's a reference to the legendary mother of the Roman people, or possibly, an ancient city. Again, not as cool as Amelia. Sorry.
Shiv: The Germanic meaning of Amelia is "work, effort, strain." I like work and effort but strain just sounds odd. Think about Amelia Bedelia. She didn't know there is more than one meaning for words. Yes, she is a great children's book character to teach students lessons about vocabulary but she would be forever known as the character who dressed the chicken in a dress!
Vote for your choices in the comments below!
Here's a link to the Baby Girl Chan's name bracket.