Baby Name of the Day: Merrilees

July 19, 2011

At first glance, she seems invented – maybe even misspelled. But she’s actually an obscure Scottish option. Thanks to EK for suggesting the intriguing Merrilees as our Baby Name of the Day.

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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: Spencer

November 8, 2010

Today’s choice is the given name of a Hollywood titan, and the surname of real life royalty. He’s also quite the popular pick for a boy.  Thanks to Emma for suggesting today’s Baby Name of the Day: Spencer.

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Baby Name of the Day: Archer

October 14, 2010

He’s a nineteenth-century rarity, newly returned to the Top 1000 in 2009. Thanks to Rachel for suggesting Archer as Baby Name of the Day.

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Parker Lewis vs. Parker Posey

August 7, 2010

Parker has a long history of occasional use as a given name. Originally an occupational surname for a gamekeeper or geographic name for someone who lived near parkland, he’s charted as a boys’ given name in the US most years since 1880. In 2009, he entered the US Top 100 at #96, and in 2011, […]

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Name of the Day: Seger

January 26, 2010

Siegfried is best reserved for Las Vegas lion tamers and Wagnerian dragon slayers, but this related surname choice could wear quite well on a boy born in 2010. Thanks to Karen for suggesting her son’s name as Name of the Day: Seger.

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How Close is Too Close? Ten Factors to Consider

December 10, 2009

When we decided to call our daughter Clio, we forever closed the door on another favorite name – Theodore, nickname Theo. Or did we? For every family that decides Maya and Milo are too similar, another embraces the sound-alike names. Or insists that Alicia and Alina are totally different names. Perhaps it never even occurs […]

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Sunday Summary: 7/19/09

July 19, 2009

To Twitter or not to Twitter? That is the question faced by every Luddite-turned-blogger. (Yes, it’s true. You can be a technophobe and spend much of your leisure time blogging. I can’t be the only one.) Anyhow, I love the idea of Twitter. So I’m introducing a new series called Yea or Nay, first as […]

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