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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Baby Name News: 5/26/13

Woosh!  Where did the month of May go?  There were oodles of birth announcements this past week – check out my Nameberry post tomorrow to read all about the nine newest celeb(ish) arrivals.  And with a Kardashian, a Braxton, Jessica Simpson, and Duchess Kate all due this summer, it’s promising to be a name-packed few […]

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