Clara, Clarity, and Clarion: Claire Names

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This post was originally published on April 9, 2012, for my mother, Clare.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on October 3, 2014 for her namesake’s sixth birthday.  In my Italian family, children were traditionally named after grandparents.  When you reached girl or boy #3, it was time to move on to honoring great-aunts and great-uncles. The result?  Those […]

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March Madness: Girls’ Quarter Finals

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March Madness continues, and the competition is fierce! Elodie barely squeaked past Claire. A mere two votes decided that race. The biggest victory went to Adele. She thoroughly trounced Eithne, garnering 86% of the vote to her rival’s mere 14%. Lydia and Lila both won by impressive margins, suggesting that L truly is the letter […]

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Sunday Summary: 10/17/10

I’m on a reality television kick. (Right, well, it’s worse than usual.) How can I not, with names like Truely on Sister Wives and Bret Michaels’ daughters Raine and Jorja on his new series. Will the trio of real life monikers become the new Destiny, Skye, and Alivia? Or will the trends take us elsewhere? […]

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Sunday Summary: 10/3/10

The longer I write, the less judgmental I become about names. Don’t get me wrong – many still astound me. While researching the upcoming Tate, I stumbled across Tatelyn, a name that seems appropriate only for the firstborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. And yet, Charlotte recently mentioned Lecandro – surely the invention […]

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