Real-life “Chilton” names

Ahhh I started the week telling you that this week was going to be similar to last week, with three consultation posts planned — but the second and third turned out not to want a public post after all! Which is totally 100% absolutely fine — there is absolutely no requirement or expectation that you have your consultation made public. I just wanted to let you know why I haven’t posted again until now!

I have two things for you today: first, a mama who recently took advantage of my buy-my-book-get-a-consultation deal told me that she’s planning to donate the book to her OB-GYN’s office (which happens to be NFP-only and named after a Catholic Saint, what?? Lucky lady!!), which I thought was a fantastic idea! So I wanted to share that with all of you too, in case that’s something you’d like to do as well, especially if you bought the book before I was offering this deal and would have liked to take advantage of it.

Secondly, my older boys run Cross Country, and all of the schools in our league are public schools except ours, which is a co-ed Catholic school, and one other, which is a private all-girls’ boarding school that also has day students. The last two meets were held at this private school, and if you’ve seen Gilmore Girls then you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s *just like Chilton*. It’s an enormous campus with gorgeous old buildings (“They actually have turrets!” one of my boys exclaimed) that I’m sure have literal ivy on them, and their athletic facility has multiple volleyball courts and an indoor swimming pool — it’s truly more like college than high school. (There were four schools involved in the meet, so our boys ran against the boys’ teams from the other two co-ed schools, while our girls had this private school’s team to compete against as well as the other two schools’ girls’ teams, just in case this is confusing.)

Anyway! I was walking past the field hockey field with my two little boys on our way to the bathroom (multiple trips to the bathroom, and yes they had a men’s room — my older boys were very worried about that, haha!) and I heard the coach call out to two of the girls: “Agatha! Cece!”

Don’t Agatha and Cece seem exactly right for the environment I described?? Also, I’ve seen Agatha floated by a couple families recently who weren’t sure it was ready to come back, but this Agatha’s parents decided it was okay fifteen years ago!

Then I was able to see the roster of their runners, and thought these were particularly amazing (alt characters for privacy):

  • B3ck3tt
  • Lou!se
  • Ivy@nn
  • P0rtia

P0rtia and Lou!se made me think of the characters of Rory’s Chilton schoolmates Paris and Louise, and the surname name B3ck3tt and double first name Ivy@nn also seemed really perfect. I counted eight girls on their team, so it’s pretty amazing that a full half of them had names that jumped out at me.

I hope you all have a great weekend! TGIF!!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon (not affiliate links) — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life! (And check out my buy-the-book-get-a-consultation deal!)

9 thoughts on “Real-life “Chilton” names

  1. I recently started teaching in a posh (public) school here where I live, and one class has a bunch of amazing names: g3n3vi3v3, m@rtha, f1nty (girl), n@irn (boy), br0die (boy), In3s, S3amus, L1na. All in a class of 30 kids!

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