Rarities

Amelia’s Sisters: Girl Names Ending in lia

August 22, 2014

There’s something about Amelia: vintage, feminine, lady-like.  No wonder she’s quite popular, reaching the US Top 100 in 2004, and climbing to #17 in 2013. Let’s take a look at Amelia’s sisters: longer girl names ending in lia. Like Amelia, most of these names have significant history.  But many of them are far more obscure. That’s not […]

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Arjen: Baby Name of the Day

August 20, 2014

The 2014 World Cup is over, but the treasure trove of international names?  That’s left a lasting impression. Thanks to Christina for suggesting Arjen as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Ravenna: Baby Name of the Day

August 19, 2014

London, Brooklyn, Milan … are there other place names to consider for a child? Of course!  Thanks to Josie for suggesting a lovely Italian possibility.  Our Baby Name of the Day is Ravenna.

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Vale: Baby Name of the Day

August 14, 2014

There’s a new baby in town, and she comes with a brand new name. With congratulations to NBC News journalist Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman, our Baby Name of the Day is Vale.

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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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Piera: Baby Name of the Day

July 30, 2014

Most classic masculine names have an obvious feminine form – or three.  But how ’bout Peter? Thanks to Kiri for suggesting one possibility.  Our Baby Name of the Day is Piera.

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Rufus: Baby Name of the Day

July 28, 2014

This post was originally published on January 11, 2009.  It was substantially revised and reposted on July 28, 2014. He’s an ancient appellation with plenty of indie cred. Our Baby Name of the Day is the red-headed Rufus.

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Veruca: Baby Name of the Day

July 25, 2014

She’s a reprehensible child who meets a bad end in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Could this ever be the name of a real child?  Our Baby Name of the Day is Veruca.

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Everild: Baby Name of the Day

July 24, 2014

Looking for a rare name with a stylish short form? Today’s Baby Name of the Day fits the bill: Everild.

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Wallis: Baby Name of the Day

July 23, 2014

This one has fascinated me since I first read about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the 1980s. Our Baby Name of the Day is Wallis.

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