Bailey, Baden, Bayou: Getting to Bay

January 10, 2014

Short, simple nature names are having a moment. For girls, avian-inspired names like Lark and Wren are attracting attention. For boys, coastal possibilities, like Cove and Reef are popping up. Bay falls somewhere in between.  It’s a water name, to be sure, fitting in with choices like Ocean and Sea.  But Bay is also a […]

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Pearl, Opal, Topaz: Gemstone Names for Girls

January 3, 2014

Girls have worn the names of precious gems for generations.  From vintage Pearl to modern Emerald, the options are a rich and vibrant bunch.  Gemstone names can be obvious and even flashy – think Diamond – to subtle, even under-the-radar, like Gemma. If you’re thinking about a jewel box pick for a daughter, here’s a […]

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Lucius, Lucien, Luka: Getting to Luke

December 6, 2013

Luke is a big name. Not only is he a major figure in the New Testament, but there’s Cool Hand Luke and Luke Skywalker.  From athletes and artists to musicians and politicians, it is tough to list all of the many accomplished Lukes. Their number is sure to increase, too.  Luke has ranked in the […]

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Guinevere, Lancelot & Avalon: Names from Arthurian Legend

November 29, 2013

Tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have captivated us for generations.  And I don’t just mean your grandparents and parents, either.  The stories of King Arthur’s rise to power, the forbidden love between Lancelot and Guinevere, and the rest have been well-told tales since at least the 1100s, and probably […]

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Twyla, Esther, and Luna: Night Owl Names for Girls

November 22, 2013

As the days grow shorter and nights darker, it seems like a good moment to consider night owl names for girls – names inspired by the night. Just like Hermione names and Katniss names have specific qualities, so do night owl names.  They refer, in some fashion, to the night sky.  But they have a […]

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Heidi, Alette and Addie: The Many Faces of Adelaide

November 15, 2013

Quick: which girls’ name has the most variant forms?  Elizabeth?  Good guess.  Katherine?  Very possibly.  Margaret?  Maybe. The truth is that I don’t know for sure and certain, but I recently realized that there’s a dark horse contender for the title: Adelaide. Yes, Adelaide. Plenty of parents are thinking about Adelaide these days.  She’s a […]

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Campbell and Collins: The New Unisex Names for Girls

November 8, 2013

Here’s an ever-so-familiar tale: you’ve named your son Jordan, and now there’s another tot at playgroup with the same name.  Except she’s a she, and the other moms call your kiddo “boy Jordan” to differentiate. You take your son for his first soccer practice, and realize there’s another Charlie, one sporting pigtails and pink shinguards. Or […]

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Julian and Gideon: Ends with ian Names for Boys

November 1, 2013

The ian ending was once downright unusual.  Today, ends with ian names for boys are among the most stylish. Consider this: in 1940, none of the Top 100 names for boys born in the US ended with ian.  By 1950, there was just one - Brian, and he doesn’t quite have today’s favored sound. In the […]

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Cleo, Abbey, and Twyla: Monster High Names

October 25, 2013

Thanks to the toy aisle at Target, my five year old has discovered Monster High. I’ve noticed them before, and I’ll admit that goth-meets-Barbie is a winning combination in my book.  Had MH existed when I was doll-aged, something tells me I would have been obsessed. The concept is simple: monsters were once teenagers, too, […]

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Hermione, Piper, and Isobel: Bewitching Witch Names for Halloween

October 18, 2013

Editor’s note: This post is a list of fictional witches.  If you’re looking for a reliable resource for pagan baby names, please visit Isadora’s site, Bewitching Names. With Halloween less than two weeks away, I’ve had witches on the brain. Yes, there are generically named characters, like the Wicked Witches and the Witch-Queen, but fictional […]

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