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page 6 May 3. 2001 Ouad City. Herald What's in a name? By Annette Cary Other parents are getting back to their roots - literally. Before Scott and Julie Ridgeway named their baby They're finding names all over the map. boy, they asked the nurses at Kadlec Medical Center what the most popular names were. Brandon and Joshua were rejected. Too common for the Ridgeway's taste. They wanted something unique, they said, like their final choice: Kendal. A good name. But in the present baby-naming climate, it's hardly a contender in the unusual baby name cat- egory. Gone is the drive towed conformity in baby names - with many parents taking individuality many steps fur- ther than the Ridgeways. They are striving to be, in the name of one baby born last year in Washington, "Eunyque." What's different is not just what tops the list of the state's most popular baby names for 1995 - the most recent year available from data collected through Depart- ment of Health birth certificates. But the change is what's at the bottom - the 8,246 one- in-the-state names or spellings dreamed up by Washing- ton parents. Peripheral. Calliope. Paisley. Coyote. Jupiter. Tur- quoise. Stetson. Quest. Calypso. Mystery. Ukulele. Or Charmonique. Jazalynn. Shalisha. Cresyndra. Cazzie. Cieairria. Sircharles. And while the parents of little Eunyque likely thought they had the unique cat- egory wrapped up, another set of parents went one better. They came up with "So Unique." "There are no rules anymore. People use anything," says Edward Scerbo, who works for the firm that pub- lishes NAMEASE software, a regularly updated baby- naming guide. Sure, back in 1955 there were names that only one kid in the state was given - handles like Joeko, Chip, Bucky and Bobette. But there were only 2,456 of those one-of- a-kind monikers, according to a Herald computer analy- sis of the state's name data. By 1995, there were three times that many one-of-a- kind names and spellings. That means even the stalwarts on the list of popular baby names don't make so much of a showing anymore. Take Michael- a name that's remained at or near the top of the list since 1955. While Washington kindergarten classes in 1960 sometimes had several boys called Mike, that won't happen much in 2000, even though Michael trailed only Jacob in popularity. That's because in 1955, 1,665 babies were named Michael. But fewer than half that many Michaels - 654 with another 50 using unusual spellings - put thename near the top of the list in 1995. "There was a period of time when people wanted solid names, names like Fred and Sarah," says University of Washington sociologist Pepper Schwartz. They looked to the Bible or named them for relatives. "We've shucked that," she says. "Continuity is not so important anymore." But many parents still want a name that has some personal meaning for them - such as their pre-melting pot roots. "Our parents would not have taken an immigrant name for all the tea in China," Schwartz says. They wanted names like Susan and Robert that Vietnam, Africa, Brazil, Asia, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Jerusalem and London were chosen by new parents in 1994 and 1995. In the United States, parents liked Ala- bama, Brooklyn, Cleveland, " Indiana, Kalifomia and Minnesota. From the Mid-Columbia came Selah and Dayton But the most popular place names were those that tied in with another theme, the romance of the Old West. Austin made the top 10 statewide. There were at least 100 each of Cheyenne and Dakota in the state and a few babies called Houston, Dallas, Nevada and Arizona. One little boy, named Dakota-Austin, might have some sort of an identity crisis. They'll be going to school with children named Cody and Cassidy, and sharing the playground with Stetson, Apache, Cherokee, Colt and Maverick. Environmental and earth themes also were big the last two years. Children were named after trees - Aspen, Sequoia and Maple - and after the seasons, Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn. There is a Meadow, a River and a Lake; Clover, Jonquil, Hyacinth, Lavendar, Thyme and Saffron; and Opal, Emerald, Safire and Diamond - not to mention Shale. Several animals popped up, too. There's Cougar, Wolf, Fox and the gentler Fawn, Dove, Raven and Lark. Then there's the weather. Tim and Tobi Bisson of Richland named their daugh- ter, born this summer, Raini. If Raini ever has a sister, she's likely to be named Hayley, Tobi said. Several other parents around the state picked Storm and Stormy, and there's a Breeze, a Rainbow and a Sunshine. In general, Schwartz approves of such creativity. After all, he's been happy with her own unusual name, Pepper. She and her brother sat up all night when she was 14 to come up with it, and she's kept it since. She's not saying what name is on her birth certificate, only that it was thoroughly ordinary. "An odd name takes a little more to bring off," she says. But if the person has charisma, the name enhances that. She named her son Cooper and her daughter Ryder. Just don't saddle a child with a name that has uncom- fortable connotations is difficult to pronounce, S chwartz cautions. And if the child still doesn't like the name you pick, he or she can change it. Movie stars do - and usually to something more un- usual. Susan became Sigourney Weaver. Mary became Meryl Streep. "Names are a pretty flexible thing," even for ordinary people, Schwartz points out. Judith becomes Judy. And Judy becomes Judi. Another trend Schwartz finds signifi- cant is the gender-neutral name for girls. Taylor is among the most popular names for girls and Madison just misses the top 10. Other not-from-the-50s names are sprinkled all the way through: Jordan, Campbell and McKenzie, for ex- ample. The trend reflects parents' nontraditional goals for sounded All-American. their daughters, Schwartz says. BrianandShakilaKellyofKennewiekpickedthename There also are plenty of parents'who apparently Brende n for their new baby boy because it reflected don't picture their cuddly little babies in the corpo- Brian s Irish heritage. If their son had been a girl, the rate bo droom, Precious, Princess, Sugar, Candy, parents had settled on anotherBritish! ! n q Honey i, l I MOUNTAIN VIEW PENTECOSTAL New Life Center 3035 Pine St Bridgeport Bar 686-4323 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship .11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m. ST. JAMES EPISICOPAL 5th & Indian Ave Brewster. 689-2823 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday Morning Prayer 8:30 a.m. 2rid, 4th Sunday Holy Eucharist 1:00 p.m. HOPE LUTHERAN 5th & Indian Ave Brewster 689- 3106 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship. 11:00 a.m. MANSFIELD COMMUNITY CHURCH 2nd & Douglas, Mansfield 689-1912 Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 6TH & JAY, Brewster 689-2920 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening 7:00 p.m. ST. ANNE'S CATHOLIC 19th & Tacoma, Bridgeport 686-2355 Sat. Bilingual Mass . 6:00 p,m. (Plus - last Sunday of month) Mass in Mansfield 9:30 a.m. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 109 Hospital Way N.E Brewster 689-3537 Sat. Sabbath School 9:15 a.m. Sat. Eng. Worship. 11:00 a.m. Sat. Span. Bible St. 9:30 a.m. Sat. Span. Worship 11:00 a.m ROCKY BUTTE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 3038 - 3 Hwy 173, Bridgeport Bar 686-7802 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sun. Worship 1i:00 a.m. Sun. Eve. Worship '3:00 p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 410 S. 4th, Brewster 689-3218 Sun. Sacrament 9:00 a.m. Sun. School 10:15 a.m. Sun. Relief Society 10:20 a.m. UNITED METHODIST 124 N. Dawson, Pateros 923-2591 Sunday Worship. 11:00 a'.m. 'Child. Sun. Sch 11:00 a.m. Fellowship Hour. 12:00 p.m. UNITED PROTESTANT 2nd & Morrow, Mansfield, 683-1207 Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sun. Child. Worship 11:00 a.m. Sun. Youth Worship . 6:00 p.m. Sun. Adult Worship . 6:00 p.m. NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST 412 W. Hanson, Brewster 689-2420 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m. BRIDGEPORT COMMUNITY UMC 1300 Foster, Bridgeport 686-3371 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Youth Group Wed. 6:00 p.m. SACRED HEART CATHOLIC 5th & Hanson Ave Brewster 689-2931 Sat. Spanish Mass 7:00 p.m. Sun. English Mass. 8:30 a.m. Sun. Spanish MAR.10:00 a.m. BETHAL ASSEMBLY OF GOD 1540 Columbia Ave Bridgeport 686-4040 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:40 a.m. COMMUNITY LOG CHURCH 4th & Indian Ave Brewster 689-2224 Sunday School 9:50 a.m. Sunday Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. METHOW COMMUNITY ~. SR 153, Methow 923-2782 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST 128 N. Independence, Pateros 923-2662 Sunday BibleClass-10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Fellowship meal 12:30 p.m. ASSEMBLY OF GOD 600 W. Indian Ave Brewster 689-2158 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sun. Span. Worship 2:00 p.m. Sun. Evening 6:00 p.m. ATTEND YOUR CHOSEN HOUSE OF WORSHIP NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP 1025 Douglas Ave & Hwy 173 Bridgeport Sun. Sun. Sun. School English . 9:30 a.m. Worship Eng 10:30 a.m. Span. Worship . 5:00 p.m. Jl e by John Cleveland 1I, QCH sportswriter "It was kind of a slow fishing opener but that was mostly because of the weather," said Fred Wiltse, Depart- ment of Fish and Wildlife Officer. "I have seen it colder but the wind prob- ably was the reason some people didn't stay out long." The lowland lakes fishing opener got off to a fast start, according to Wiltse, but the windy weather forced a lot of fishermen to leave early, "We were checking people with limits early but later in the day they weren't able to handle the weather-- they weren't getting limits," said Wiltse. In generalit was a very good opener, according to the Washington Depart- ment offish and Wildlife office, most of the fisheries are expected to con- tinue to be good throughout the sea- son. The average was caught at all lakes except Warden, Blue and Dry Falls. Warden Lake had 4.7 fish per an- gler caught, 13 -inch average for year- lings and 19-inch average for carryovers. Blue Lake had 4.0 fish per angler caught, 13-inch average for yearlings and 15-inch average for carryovers. Park Lake had 4.1 fish per angler caught, 12-inch average for yearlings and 14.5 -inch average for carryovers. Deep Lake had 3.4 fish per angler caught, 13.8-inch average for year- lings and 16-inch average for carryovers. Perch Lake had 5.0 fish per angler caught, 12-inch average for yearlings and 14-inch average for carryovers. Vie Meyers had 2.8 fish per angler caught, 15 -inch average for yearlings. Dry Falls had 9 fish per angler caught, 14.5-inch average for year- lings and 16-inch average for carryovers. Jameson Lake had 4.0 fish per an- gler caught, l l.5-inch average for yearlings and 16-inch average for carryovers. Wrn. E. Vallance photo Fishing boats crowed the waters of Alta Lake and its shorelines were lined pole to fishing pole with anglers last Saturday, opening day of fishing season. Public employee meeting Church hosts A meeting for PERS I and PERS 2 retirees public employees contem- I plating retirement will be held at the Cedars Inn, Okanoglm a y 8, at IIoMI . I "" ,- Tea Reservations must be received May 4, by Edna Wood. I a s U llt l Tee Time By Ruth Collins, Chelan Our group of ladies was small on Thursday as several ladies were golfing at Desert Canyon Invitational. Play for the day was Toss Out 3 Worst Holes less full handicap. First division, first place, Nell MeMuth-50 net. Second place, Ellen Kremer-52 net. Second division, fast place, April Talley-51 net. Second place, Ann Millett-52 net. Third division, first place (tie) Susie Clausen and CarolLaGrandeur-48 net. Second place, Lois Branscom-51 net. Chip-ins was made by Nell DeMuth #3 and Terrie Carleton #18. Our Birdie girls are Nell DeMuth # 18; April Talley # 12; Ellen Kremer # 12 and Terrie Carleton #18. Play for May yd will be Monthly Medal. Chips Hulett said this is the final call to sign-up for our Apple Blossom tourney that will start next Thursday. Tee time is 9:00 a.m. Be early--be ready to golf. The annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the Calvary Baptist Church was such a success it almost overflowed the room. About 85 people, mostly mothers and daughters, attended tea Saturday afternoon, April 28. "Standing room only," said Vicki. Reynolds, who was one of the morns attending (with her daughter Jenny). "It was pretty neat." Judi Bannister presented aprogram on dolls and doll collecting. "Shema," a vocal trio from Yakima, performed a number of songs; "totally awesome," Reynolds said. Boys from the church served the desserts and beverages, so the girls could have tea with their morns. Tina Wood took pictures for the rooms and their girls after the program. www.smalltownpapers, com Quad City Herald OKANOGAN DOUGLAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL BRINGS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY TO BREWSTER Diagnostics Mammography QCT-BMD Bone Density Test-"the gold standard" Mike Farley, Shelly Brown and Carol Lautensleger position a patient for a scan. This system is 20 times faster than the previous model. Shelly Brown work- ing on 3D Model with new Spiral~Helical Scanner. This machine has complex computer programs with the ability to create im- ages in multi-planes. This feature dramati- cally enhances diag- nostic capabilities. " Spiral/Helical CT Scan Ultra Sound Echo Cardiogram Carotoid Doppler General Martin Nolan, Hospital Ad- ministrator and Sandy Walter, Director of Hospital Opera- tions, are delighted to expand the services of ODDH and bet- ter serve the community with this state of the art equipment. OKANoGAN DOUGLAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL 507 Hospital Way, Brewster, WA 98812 (509) 689-2517