Francis Names: Frannie, Franklin, Francesca

June 6, 2014

Fran- names are a big group, thanks mostly to the thirteenth century Saint Francis of Assisi.  He was born in Italy as the much more ordinary Giovanni, earned his nickname for his father’s love of all things French, and became one of the most popular religious figures in the Catholic church – and beyond. Fran- names have been […]

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Francesca: Baby Name of the Day

December 13, 2012

Frances is a polite, modest name for a daughter.  The Italian version takes her in a whole other direction. Thanks to Annamaria for suggesting Francesca as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 7/3/11

July 3, 2011

Feeling feisty? Head to a message board and announce that you’re naming your daughter Addison. Or Quinn. Or Mason. Then run for cover. Sure, some people will respond positively. But depending on the forum, you could also find yourself accused of thievery, trendiness, and general bad taste. I’m sympathetic to parents who feel they can’t […]

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Sunday Summary: 6/12/11

June 12, 2011

Is it me, or was the coverage of Jennifer Connelly’s new daughter rather restrained?

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Sunday Summary: 5/1/11

May 1, 2011

Welcome

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Sunday Summary: 3/27/11

March 27, 2011

First, I’m incredibly excited to see who wins March Madness! Thanks to everyone who voted so far, and if you have not, please remember to weigh in: Boys’ Final and Girls’ Final. I thoroughly enjoyed compiling Rock’n’Roll Baby Names for Nameberry last week. This week’s list is equally edgy. Here’s a hint: Buffy is on […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Frank

February 1, 2011

Zappa. Sinatra. Gehry. Baum. Does this pick guarantee your son will be destined for creative genius? Thanks to Jane, aka the Foxymoron, for suggesting Frank as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Cedric

December 31, 2010

Innogen became Imogen, and Amabel was whispered down the alley into Annabel.  Today’s choice is yet another name transformed over time. Liz’s week wraps up with the literary, heroic Cedric as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Amance

December 1, 2010

Today’s choice is a rarity, a name all but gone – but Jennifer overheard her in a park a few weeks ago. Our Baby Name of the Day is Amance.

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Sunday Summary: 9/12/10

September 12, 2010

Let’s start a handful of picks from pop culture: first, True Blood’s werewolf Alcide. He joined the cast in Season Three and will be back in Season Four. If Sookie recently attracted attention, how about this romantic French spin on the Greek Alcaeus? I’m also intrigued by Katniss, the heroine of the bestselling young adult […]

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