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Susan: Baby Name of the Day

April 7, 2014

Former favorites week kicks off with a name that dominated US rankings in the 1950s and 60s. Thanks to Catherine for suggesting Susan as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 14th of 2014

April 6, 2014

Happy Sunday!  Spring has finally arrived in Washington DC, and that means we’re close to Mother’s Day, and that means that we’re close to the Social Security Administration’s annual release of 2013 baby name data.  That’s not a national holiday, but it certainly comes close to one around these parts. While I dream about data, let’s […]

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Elsa, Liza, and Betsy: The Many Faces of Elizabeth

April 4, 2014

Last year, I wrote a post about the Many Faces of Adelaide.  After writing yet another post about a name related to Adelaide, it hit me that there were so many forms of the name, from obscure forms long out of use to diminutives that were unfamiliar – but wearable – in English. In a recent […]

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Calder: Baby Name of the Day

April 3, 2014

He’s an ends-in-r surname with artistic and athletic sides. Thanks to Kelli for suggesting Calder as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Hayes: Baby Name of the Day

April 2, 2014

He’s cousin to Aidan, heir to Brooks. Thanks to Shannon for suggesting Hayes as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Ellis: Baby Name of the Day

April 1, 2014

He’s a stylish surname name, with great meanings and an on-trend sound. Thanks to Emily for suggesting Ellis as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Levi: Baby Name of the Day

March 31, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on July 9, 2008.  It was substantially revised and reposted on March 31, 2014. He’s a little bit Biblical, a little bit blue jean. Thanks to Another for suggesting Levi as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 13th of 2014

March 30, 2014

My family spends a lot of time on ice.  Blame it on my Michigander husband, or maybe the Swedish grandfather I never met.  Ice skating is winter’s consolation prize – my favorite sport, bar none, possibly because it involves wearing layers, many of which are knit. I tell you this because our daughter’s season wraps […]

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Favorite Baby Names 2014: March Madness Winners!

March 29, 2014

The votes are in, and the baby names of the year are decided! If you’ve been following the voting, you probably already know which names were victorious.  But let’s take a look back at the elite group of names they’ll join: In the inaugural year of competition, Louisa and Nathaniel took the prize. In 2012, […]

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Walker, Walton, and Winchester: W Surname Names

March 28, 2014

Surname names are stylish – just look at Jackson, Mason, Hunter and the rest of the US Top 100. For girls, I’m all about H.  And hello, Harper, Harlow, and Hadley, I think the rest of the world seems to agree. If there is one letter I love for boys’ surname names, it has to […]

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