Letter: A New Walt to Welcome

To the Editor:

I am happy to report that 2012 brought at least one new Walter into this world; Walter James Lindsey, born to Anne-Marie and Nathan Lindsey on Oct. 19, 2012, in New Haven, Conn. He was named for his grandfather, Walter Malloy, of Elmont, N.Y.

His great-grandmother in Vermont mailed your newspaper’s article about the name and its illustrious history to us. I must agree with staff writer Alex Hanson that there is a long history of wonderful namesakes (Walt Whitman and Sir Walter Raleigh are my favorites) and Walter allows for a lovely monosyllabic nickname.

Our Walt is perfectly suited to his name, one we had chosen when he was only a twinkle in my eye. “If we ever have a baby boy,” I said to my husband, “Can we please name him after your stepfather, Walter?” And we did. Whether he achieves great things or not, we simply hope that he lives life with the same love, kindness, humility and happiness that his grandfather spreads wherever he goes. I am putting the article, so carefully clipped by Great-Grandma Eleanor Webster, in his baby book. Thank you very much for printing it!

Anne-Marie Lindsey

New Haven, Conn.


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The list of names American parents assigned to their babies in 2012, recently released by the Social Security Administration, shows the continued surge in popularity of old-fashioned, or at least old-timey sounding names. Here in the Twin States, that trend seems even more pronounced. Families are raising a generation of young Noahs, Jacobs and Benjamins, Avas, Lillians and Abigails. It’s …