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Sunday Summary: Bastille Day Edition

July 13, 2014

Allons enfants de la Patrie!  Le jour de glory est arrivé! Yes, July 14th is Bastille Day, the French equivalent (more or less) of Canada Day and the Fourth of July.  It’s a good excuse to think of all things French, and I’ve written plenty of posts featuring French names, so: Ooh La La … […]

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What to Name a Fairytale Prince

July 11, 2014

Around the time Once Upon a Time debuted, I compiled a list of names for fairytale princesses.  Not names of fairytale princesses, like Aurora or Snow.  No, these were names that could be worn by a fictional character from a romantic fantasy adventure, animated or otherwise. It’s been a popular list over the years, but somehow I never wrote a boys’ […]

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Laetitia: Baby Name of the Day

July 10, 2014

She’s an Ancient Roman goddess and a Spanish saint, too. Thanks to Virginia for suggesting Laetitia as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Reid: Baby Name of the Day

July 9, 2014

Looking for a short boys’ name that is still long on style? Thanks to Amanda for suggesting her son’s name for our Baby Name of the Day: Reid.

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Walker: Baby Name of the Day

July 8, 2014

He’s a surname name with a White House connection, and a television tie-in, too. Thanks to Elisabeth for suggesting Walker as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Jude: Baby Name of the Day

July 7, 2014

This post was originally published on May 26, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on July 7, 2014. The Beatles scored a hit with this name in 1968, but only in recent years has it become a mainstream choice for a son. Thanks to Natalie for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day: Jude.

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Sunday Summary: Independence Day Weekend Edition

July 6, 2014

If you celebrate the Fourth of July, I hope you had great weather for cooking out, fireworks, and all sorts of festivities.  This year, we also got to celebrate Canada Day – which my American kids spent playing with their Polish cousins in Toronto.  It was quite the summit, and oh, how I loved quizzing my […]

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Azalea and Edelweiss: Daring Flower Names

July 4, 2014

Girls have been named from the garden for generations.  Plenty of traditional choices have floral ties – think of Shoshannah or Marguerite. There’s tremendous range, from the classic Lily and Rose to the bold and unexpected Azalea and Zinnia and Lotus. If you’re after an uncommon name, a favorite flower might be the perfect choice.  We all know girls called Daisy and Violet, so we’re generally accepting of botanical choices. […]

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Logan: Baby Name of the Day

July 3, 2014

He’s the alter ego of popular X-Men character Wolverine, and a popular choice for a child in recent years. Thanks to Amanda for suggesting her son’s name as our Baby Name of the Day: Logan.

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Kate: Baby Name of the Day

July 2, 2014

Katherine is a classic, worn by saints and queens.  In 2014, this breezy short form stands on her own. Thanks to Alex for suggesting Kate as our Baby Name of the Day.

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