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Kyle: Baby Name of the Day

August 11, 2014

This post originally appeared on January 5, 2009.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on August 11, 2014. Kai might be more stylish for boys born in 2014, but this name remains more popular. Thanks to Skye for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Kyle.

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Sunday Summary: 32nd of 2014

August 10, 2014

Things I have done this week: bought back-to-school supplies, attended the last day of ice hockey camp celebration for my son, booked tickets for Christmas break travel. Yup, summer is winding down. So let’s start the Sunday Summary with a Big Question.  I’m staring down a list of nearly a dozen projects for the site […]

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Crazy Baby Names: 12 Warning Signs

August 8, 2014

I’m an advocate for unusual names.  I’m willing to defend a lot of choices that are outside the mainstream, whether it is reviving a name all-but-lost, choosing a non-dominant spelling, embracing an unconventional word, or deciding to borrow from another language. Sure, an unusual name might raise a few eyebrows – but in our age of Jayden and North, […]

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Rialta: Baby Name of the Day

August 7, 2014

Today’s choice is rarer than rare – and yet, doesn’t this name sound like it could be more common? Thanks to Jasmin for suggesting Rialta as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sergio: Baby Name of the Day

August 6, 2014

It’s the Spanish and Italian form of an old saint’s name.  If we’re naming boys Matteo and Marco, why not this one? Thanks to C in DC for suggesting the World Cup-inspired Sergio as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Dallas: Baby Name of the Day

August 5, 2014

Place names are stylish, and this one has a surprisingly robust history of use. Thanks to Elisabeth for suggesting Dallas as our Baby Name of the Day.

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August: Baby Name of the Day

August 4, 2014

This post was originally published on August 14, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on August 4, 2014. It’s summertime, and the perfect moment to examine this seasonal appellation. Thanks to Arthur for suggesting August for today’s Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: Welcome to August 2014!

August 3, 2014

Natalie Babbitt described the first week of August as the top of a ferris wheel. I love ferris wheels – irrationally, because I’m not great with heights.  And I love the first week of August, for the same reasons – it’s the peak of summer, and while the ride down towards the first day of school […]

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It Girls: Girl Names Ending in et and ette

August 1, 2014

You’ve heard of the It Girl. The term has been around since the early twentieth century, referring to young women of exceptional good looks and style.  Clara Bow was an It Girl, and so was Edie Sedgwick.  Jennifer Lawrence is among the most recent women dubbed an It Girl. But how about the -et Girl?  Some of […]

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Sailor: Baby Name of the Day

July 31, 2014

Taylor was huge in the 1990s.  But how ’bout this similar-sounding, equally-occupational choice? Thanks to Rebecca for suggesting Sailor as our Baby Name of the Day.

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