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: 10/27/13

October 27, 2013

Dear friends of mine recently announced that they’re expecting baby #3.  I’m over the moon for them – their youngest kid is turning nine, so they’re definitely going in for a second round of parenting. But here’s the fascinating part from a naming perspective: they’ve chosen a name for their daughter-to-be that was in vogue […]

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Sunday Summary: 10/13/13

October 13, 2013

I love discovering new-to-me names.  On the AppMtn Facebook page, someone posted about meeting a baby Bronco. My initial reaction was Whoa!  Yes to Fox and Wolf and maybe Bear, yes to nearly and ends-with-o name for a boy, but Bronco? Turns out that he’s named after Bronco Mendenhall, the current coach of Brigham Young University football.  […]

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Sunday Summary: 10/6/13

October 6, 2013

Zoos often hold contests to name new baby animals, and I typically don’t cover them for a host of reasons.  I’m making an exception this time because Atlanta has pandas.  I live in Washington DC.  We, too, have pandas, but they’re presently under lock and key thanks to this little squabble that you may have […]

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Sunday Summary: 9/29/13

September 29, 2013

My not-quite five year old has been on a naming spree lately.  She’s obsessed with writing nametags for various creatures.  So far this morning, she’s named the wooden rocking horse Soft Jr. and then renamed him Rocky Jr.  (I’m not clear if she understands the concept of juniors – for her, the use of junior […]

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Sunday Summary: 9/22/13

September 22, 2013

Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states that the act of observation alters that which is being observed. I read this in a Harvard Business Review article about twenty-first century phenomena like Electric Performance Monitoring.  When I tried to read up on Heisenberg, I found myself in over my head in about thirty seconds.  Science fiction?  Yes, please.  […]

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Sunday Summary: 9/15/13

September 15, 2013

Do you read the Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear?  Maisie visits Lady Petronella Casterman in The Mapping of Love and Death, and this is what Lady Casterman has to say about her given name: ‘Do call me ‘Ella.‘ Petronella is such a mouthful.  I rue the day my mother picked up that book she […]

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Sunday Summary: 9/8/13

September 8, 2013

Do you follow No Big Dill?  Her blog makes me want to try sewing again.  (But sewing reduces me to tears.)  No Big Dill’s Sew All 26 series opened up with a great dress made for her niece, Mary Deane, which is apparently a family name.  Love a family name, love an unexpected Mary combo. […]

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