Lily Names: Lilith, Liliosa and Liliane

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Lily is a Top 20 name, a floral favorite that appeals to many parents.  She’s as complete as Lucy, as tied to the natural world as Rowan or Skye, as vintage as Charlotte or Beatrix.  Lilies are said to symbolize purity, and they’re associated with Easter. Layer in lots of fictional Lilys – from Edith Wharton’s Lily Bart to How […]

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Lark: Baby Name of the Day

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 30. 2009.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on August 12, 2013. There’s Robin, Wren and Dove, and boys called Hawk and Falcon. Would this borrowing from the world of birds wear well on a daughter? With a Happy Birthday to my sister, today’s Baby Name […]

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Sunday Summary: 7/24/11

We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave, here in Washington DC. It is my birthday week, which means I’ll exert slightly more influence over the name choices than usual. Happily, many of you were good enough to request names that I was longing to write about anyhow … definitely, the greatest gift! On […]

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Sunday Summary: 5/15/11

Since I’ve starting writing AppMtn, I’ve learned that I can usually tell you why a name rose – hindsight is 20/20 – but I cannot tell you, with any certainty, which names will make the US Top 1000 in the year 2020. I can say, with some confidence, that the majority of the names in […]

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Sunday Summary: 2/13/11

I took the kids to get their hair cut at our local Cartoon Cuts, which isn’t local at all – it requires a drive on the Beltway to Rockville Pike. While the kids were being coiffed, I flipped through a rack of personalized hair barrettes. The selection included the predictable Emma and Elizabeth, but also […]

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