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: 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: 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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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: 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: 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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