Unusual baby names

Tobias: Baby Name of the Day

August 19, 2013

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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A Give-Away: Your Chance to Choose a Week’s Worth of Names

July 27, 2013

It’s my birthday week, and I celebrate this every year by choosing the names to feature.  Most of the year, I take suggestions from the floor – so I always have plenty of ideas saved up by the time July rolls around! Here are the names I’ve written about in years past: Last year, I […]

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Sunday Summary: Bastille Day 2013 edition

July 14, 2013

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

June 23, 2013

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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North: Baby Name of the Day

June 21, 2013

It’s a directional name with a poetic feel. In honor of the Kimye birth announcement, our Baby Name of the Day is North.

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Sunday Summary: 6/9/13

June 9, 2013

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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Harley, Henley and Jace: Summer Movie Names 2013

June 7, 2013

 Let’s go to the movies! With summer underway, there’s no shortage of potential blockbusters on the big screen.  And that means summer movie names.  Familiar names, novel names.  Names that we’ll all be talking about.  And maybe a few names that will make their way on to birth certificates over the next few years.

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Baby Name News: 6/2/13

June 2, 2013

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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Kismet: Baby Name of the Day

May 30, 2013

Ready for a meaning-rich appellation that might fit right in with Serenity and Miracle? Thanks to Kenebree for suggesting Kismet as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name News: 5/26/13

May 26, 2013

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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