Sunday Summary: 9/15/13

Do you read the Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear?  Maisie visits Lady Petronella Casterman in The Mapping of Love and Death, and this is what Lady Casterman has to say about her given name: ‘Do call me ‘Ella.‘ Petronella is such a mouthful.  I rue the day my mother picked up that book she […]

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Tobias: Baby Name of the Day

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on June 24, 2010. It was substantially revised and re-posted on August 19, 2013. He’s a study in contrasts – Biblical and apocryphal, superhero and geek.  He’s been steadily on the rise in recent years, and now a popular series of novels could encourage more of us to […]

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Sunday Summary: Bastille Day 2013 edition

It’s officially called La Fête Nationale in France, and the holiday doesn’t exactly commemorate the storming of the Bastille.  But it is a celebration of all things French, and so every time the calendar turns up on July 14th, I find myself thinking about French names.  They remain some of the most popular choices profiled […]

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Sunday Summary: 6/23/13 Edition

That’s it.  Pottery Barn Kids has clearly been invaded by baby name enthusiasts.  Gone are the days when they used the more conservative of the Top Ten plus a few staples.  There’s a personalized item on the cover of a recent edition of the look book.  For a girl – and the name is Cambria […]

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Sunday Summary: 6/9/13

Message boards abound with this defense of newly coined names: every name was made up at some point. While that’s true, my comeback has always been this: yes, but most of those responsible for invention were poets and authors of considerable talent.  We mere mortals probably can’t invent names like Will Shakespeare. But a recent […]

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Baby Name News: 6/2/13

I stumbled on this quote in The Mermaid of Brooklyn, a novel by Amy Shearn: Mothers and nannies called to their children – “Cassiopeia!”  “Scorcese!” – a chorus of unfortunate displays of creativity.  The other day I’d met a toddler named Curly.  “Curly what,” I’d said, feeling like my mother.  “Just Curly,” the mom had explained […]

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