First, a question for a friend: let’s say you were expecting a daughter. Not only is she going to be your last child, you’re the youngest sibling, so this baby is probably the last in her generation. You’d love to pass on your maiden name. Trouble is, your maiden name sounds exactly like a popular […]
Let’s begin with a random, rag-tag assortment of thoughts sparked by the arrival of a boy called Buddy Bear Maurice: Bewildertrix listed a bunch of possible names for the littlest Oliver, including Tex.
Last February, I posted In Defense of Emma and Ethan: Ten Good Reasons to Use a Common Name. While reviewing what I’d written in 2009, I realized that I’d never laid out the case for uncommon names. Need I state the obvious? I rather like names that you don’t hear everyday. And so here are […]
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 26, 2008, and substantially revised on June 11, 2012. The official start of summer is just around the corner, and if you’re expecting a special delivery in the next dozen weeks, perhaps you’re dreaming of a name that celebrates the season. The choices are plentiful for […]