Baby name news

Sunday Summary: Mother’s Day Edition

May 11, 2014

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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The Most Popular Baby Names in the US: 2013 Data is Here!

May 9, 2014

The Social Security Administration has released the 2013 data on most popular baby names, just in time for Mother’s Day! Lots to think about here, but some quick and completely random notes: Thatcher cracked the US Top 1000 for the first time, ever!  I’ve been big on ‘r’ ending names for a while, and with […]

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Sunday Summary: 18th of 2014

May 4, 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

April 27, 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

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: 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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