Sunday Summary: 15th of 2014

April 13, 2014

Happy Sunday!  The day is in the news as a celebrity baby name – again.  And so let’s start our post with Anna’s excellent defense of Sunday as a given name. Elsewhere online: Interesting to see the results of Nomes e mais Nomes site poll on favorite names.  Laura and Miguel came out on top, names that seem to […]

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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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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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Sunday Summary: Twelfth of 2014

March 23, 2014

This week’s vocabulary word is phonestheme.  Phonestheme, as in the way a sound can evoke a certain feeling, like the mor of villains Moriarity, Voldemort, Morbius, and dark words like morbid and moribund.  In some cases, the meaning may match up, but that’s not always the case. I’m always curious about how names rise in clusters.  It’s a […]

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Sunday Summary: Eleventh of 2014

March 16, 2014

Let’s dive right in to a controversial subject, shall we? Duana answered a letter from a reader asking about diversity in naming.  The writer raises a good point: insisting that names must be easy to spell and pronounce can be especially challenging for families from elsewhere. Imagine if the names that you appreciate – those of your […]

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Sunday Summary: Tenth of 2014

March 9, 2014

I finally settled down long enough to read the third installment in the Bridget Jones trilogy.  I hesitated – spoiler alert – because I really didn’t want a Bridget without a Mark.  But it turned out to be my favorite installment, a quick read that answered lots of questions about what happens when Bridget + company grow up. I […]

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Sunday Summary: Ninth of 2014

March 2, 2014

You know how everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day?  Sometime around the 1970s or so, everyone turned Irish when it came to baby naming.  Enter a generation of boys called Brian and Ryan, followed by Liam and Aidan and so on. Could Hawaiian names be the new Irish names?  I know plenty of people with kids called Kai who have never […]

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Sunday Summary: Eighth of 2014

February 23, 2014

My daughter is all about Lalaloopsy these days.  I like the stitched-together look of the dolls.  And I’m fascinated by their names.  A smattering: Mimi, Marina, Jewel, Rosebud, Prairie, Peggy, Bluebell, Blossom, Holly, Goldie, Winter, Sailor, Ember, Opal, Alice, Petal, Harmony. There are a handful of boy Lalaloopsies, too, with names like Forest and Ace. It […]

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Sunday Summary: Seventh of 2014

February 16, 2014

So there’s a state in Mexico that has banned names that “are derogatory or that don’t have any clear meaning and can lead to bullying.” I wonder what that conversation looked like.  Did they white board names, and let civil servants argue.  ”No, Hermione isn’t so bad.”  (She’s on the banned list, along with Harry Potter.)  Are these […]

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Sunday Summary: Sixth of 2014

February 9, 2014

Cue the confetti cannons: Anna has reached 1,000 posts!  Let’s kick off this weekend’s summary with a link to her post What I Know About Australian Names. And if that wasn’t enough wonderful for one week, lets’ hear it for Laura’s post on Creativity or Mistake? at Baby Name Wizard.  ”You can’t assume that an […]

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