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Baby Name of the Day: Jayden

July 24, 2012

I have to believe that back in 1959, grandparents and neighbors and friends at church would sniff at the idea of naming a new son Jason.  “What’s wrong with Robert or Gary,” you can imagine them saying.  “Or why not name him after uncle Frank?”  Then Jason slowly made his way to the top of […]

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Announcing Hated Names Week

June 30, 2012

Every year I take one week to choose all of the names, typically without input from anyone. This year, I had a slightly different idea.  I’ve really enjoyed writing about Cohen and Madison and Apple.  I typically discover there’s much to love aboutanyname, even one  that provokes strong feelings in others.  And so I’ve decided […]

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In Defense of Riley Anne and Evan Marie: Ten Reasons Boys’ Names on Girls Are Not a Sign of End Times

July 2, 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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Baby Name of the Day: Caleb

June 30, 2011

How can a Top 100 boys’ name borrowed from a faithful Biblical figure be so very controversial? Thanks to Kelly for suggesting the surprisingly complex Caleb as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Rayna

May 19, 2011

Today’s name falls somewhere between trendy nouveau coinages and undiscovered gems. Thanks to Racheli for suggesting Rayna as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Akira

April 6, 2011

Expecting a little samurai?

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Baby Name of the Day: Galen

March 18, 2011

Smoosh the Biblical Gabriel with the nouveau Jalen, add a certain retro vibe and what do you get? Thanks to Emily for suggesting Galen as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Yadiel

March 4, 2011

He’s all the rage in Puerto Rico, and you might just hear him in your hometown, too. Thanks to Emily for suggesting Yadiel as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 10/24/10

October 24, 2010

Is there a baby names arms race? I happen to be writing from New York City, just a week after the Health Department released their 2009 stats proclaiming Isabella and Jayden top of the charts. Yawn. But then the Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog interviewed Baby Name Wizard’s Laura Wattenberg on the results. Two things […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Leona

October 4, 2010

With Leo all the rage for boys, will we meet more little lionesses? Thanks to Chrissandra for suggesting one possible feminine form: her grandmother’s name, Leona, is our Baby Name of the Day.

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