Baby Name Predictions 2013 Review

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I simply cannot resist making predictions for the new year. But the best part, I think, is seeing whether or not my crystal ball gazing was right. It takes some patience to get there, of course.  The predictions I made in December 2012 were for the 2013 calendar year – and we don’t see that data […]

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Sunday Summary: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s been a whirlwind week around here.  My apologies – I completely forgot to announce a winner yesterday.  I’m not sure if I’ll get to that later today or tomorrow, but have no fear – one lucky reader will get to do a takeover, as soon as I manage to settle down and […]

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Sunday Summary: 18th of 2014

Is it me, or was there a tremendous amount of cheerful, upbeat, downright pleasing baby name news this week?  I like every celeb baby name that I heard! Or maybe it is just the weather – Spring is finally here in Washington DC, and it has been appropriately gorgeous, to compensate for that long, harsh winter. In […]

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Sunday Summary: 17th of 2014

Happy Sunday!  I finally picked up a copy of Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls, and oh my goodness – it’s like nothing I’ve ever read.  Have you ever picked up a book and simultaneously wanted to read it straight through and save it, so you wouldn’t finish it too soon? One of the first things that caught my […]

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Sunday Summary: 15th of 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

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

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

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

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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