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: Polly

July 1, 2011

Nameberry called her freckle-faced, but she’s picked up an edge in recent years. Thanks to Claire for suggesting Polly as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name of the Day: Laverne

June 28, 2010

It’s a nostalgia-rich choice from the small screen with a surprisingly current meaning. It might be the heat of summer, but our Baby Name of the Day is Laverne.

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Baby Name of the Day: Rosemarie

June 4, 2010

She’s a compound name with a fran├žais feel and German heritage. How would she wear on a little American girl in 2010? Thanks to Nicole for suggesting the name of her daughter-on-the-way as our Baby Name of the Day: Rosemarie.

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Yea or Nay: Lorna

December 15, 2009

She’s a literary invention and a shortbread cookie. Her most popular year was 1941, when names like Barbara and Judith, Shirley and Geraldine were all the rage. She reminds me of names like Norma and Edna, but somehow I find her lighter. Maybe it’s RD Blackmore’s 1869 romance, complete with mistaken identities, a lost heiress, […]

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Sunday Summary: 4/12/09

April 12, 2009

Happy Easter! Thanks for putting down that chocolate rabbit long enough to visit. I recently heard a writer named Ethlebert Miller read at the local indie bookstore; Nameberry had a great post on Easter Names. I’m intrigued by Parasha and Birch. And I went to high school with a Pascal. (Or was it Pascale? Or […]

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Baby Name of the Day: Hazel

May 8, 2008

She’s a granny-chic starbaby choice, with an appealing literary link, too. Our Baby Name of the Day is Hazel.

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