Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher, Joe Mauer, was a big deal in Minnesota before his latest achievement: naming two (twin) girls before William and Kate could name one boy.
A three-sport star in high school, no one would ever call Joe Mauer “uncoordinated”, but the names he and wife Maddie picked for their 4 lbs. 15 oz. girls Maren Virginia and Emily Teresa are “uncoordinated” in the sense that they don’t reflect a common theme or style.
During the decade from 2000 through the end of 2009, Emily was the #1 most popular girl’s name; since then it has declined to #6. But it is still popular enough that there are likely to be several other girls named Emily in her kindergarten class. That’s one problem Maren won’t have to worry about–because Maren is an obscure variation of Marin or Marina (which means “from the sea”) and is also an Aramaic form of Mary). So making sure people spell her name correctly is likely to be a big concern for her.
Mike Berradino of the Pioneer Press uncovered the “source” for three of the four names: They got the name Emily from Maddie’s sister. And, they got the middle names from Joe’s and Maddie’s mothers. This suggests Mauers placed a high value on keeping family members happy. However, no source was given for Maren’s name. Maybe they just liked the sound of Maren Mauer.
Although Maren and Emily are both “sensible” names (in contrast with silly celebrity names like North (West), Moon Unit, Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen or Blue Ivy), from the standpoint of picking names that will work well for his twin girls, I think Joe and Maddie could have done a better–if their twin girls had arrived on schedule–about 5 weeks later.
P.S. I didn’t realize, until just recently, that there’s a perfectly good reason Joe Mauer’s daughters were so tiny. The girls were born 5 weeks ahead of schedule. Which means that Joe and Maddie had to come up with names for both girls in a very short time. So it’s not surprising they got help from family members–perhaps even at the last moment. I hope the Mauers understand my M.O. is to use widely publicized baby names to help expectant parents learn some techniques that may help them when it’s their turn to come up with two names in the wee, small hours of the morning.