Sunday Summary: Groundhog Day Edition

February 2, 2014

The rational part of my brain is completely aware that small rodents do not have powers of prognostication.  But I spend every Groundhog Day a-wishin’ and a-hopin’ that those celebrated little furballs will declare that spring is nigh.  Because I am a weather wimp, and while I am happy to melt in a sweltering Washington […]

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Sunday Summary: Fourth of 2014

January 26, 2014

Quick tip: See a name in blue?  That’s a link to the BNotD features about that name. I love family names, and I love the idea of reinventing them so they’ll wear well for future generations.  Honoring grandma Theresa with a Tess?  That’s perfect in my book.  It’s one of the reasons that we always knew my […]

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Sunday Summary: Third of 2014

January 19, 2014

Two name stories. My uncle passed away recently.  During his memorial service, someone told the story of his birth.  When he was born, his grandfather was critically ill, and would pass away just days later.  While he never got to meet his newest grandson, Vincenzo was told that the child would bear his name - Vincent.  “Are […]

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Sunday Summary: Second of 2014 Edition

January 12, 2014

Here’s something that I think we all get wrong. We behave as if perceptions of names are fixed and unchanging.  But our ideas about names change constantly. It applies in the micro.  Announce mid-pregnancy that you’re naming your baby Shiloh and your cousin will snark that you’ve been reading too much Us Weekly.  Or declare that […]

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Sunday Summary: First of 2014 Edition

January 5, 2014

Welcome to the New Year! Let’s kick things off with Swistle’s excellent question - What are the issues with our own names? After all, parents often reject a possible name thanks to a hypothetical shortcoming.  Thinking about challenges – or lack thereof – with our given names – might shine some light. My answers to her […]

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Sunday Summary: 12/29/13

December 29, 2013

Happy last Sunday of 2013!  If you haven’t read them yet, I’ve done some crystal ball gazing for 2014 baby names, and also rated my 2013 predictions. Regardless of what we all decide to name our children next year, I do have one rock-solid certainty: 2014 will be a great year because of each and […]

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Sunday Summary 12/23/13

December 22, 2013

I’m never sure how to handle the days just before Christmas.  Do I write about elf names, like Jingle and Mistletoe?  Do I ignore it entirely?  I mean – some of you aren’t celebrating, some of you are here to get a break from various holiday-related obligations, and others are catching up after the big event. Doubling the uncertainty is […]

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Sunday Summary: 12/15/2013

December 15, 2013

It’s chilly here in Washington DC – we’ve had a cold snap with icy, slushy weather.  Okay, it isn’t exactly the Arctic, but I’m kind of a weather wimp. So I went searching for baby names from the islands.  Violine and Atibai from Haiti, Irie from Jamaica and Cuban place name Havana suggested by this Canadian […]

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Sunday Summary: 12/8/13

December 8, 2013

December!  I truly do love the holiday season – every second of it, from animated holiday specials to the end-of-the-year reviews, decorations and music and cookies and wrapping presents and … well, you get the idea.  And yet it has never really occurred to me to change a child’s name based on the season of […]

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Sunday Summary: 12/1/13

December 1, 2013

I’m curious – do you read blogs and forums where the tone is snarky, even scathing?  They’re not for me.  I don’t object to opinions, even strong ones, even ones that don’t begin to fit my worldview.  And sites that are purely humorous – like The Onion – get a pass, too.  The diversity of […]

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