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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Baby Name News: Mother’s Day 2013 Edition

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!  Are you as wrapped up in the new Social Security data as I am?  I’ve been glancing at it during stolen moments this week, as I’ve been insanely busy.  Happily, there’s been tons of coverage of the new list, and I’m sure you’ve devoured much of it.  If not, Clare curates all […]

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July: Baby Name of the Day

May 8, 2013

Plenty of kids answer to Julia and Julian, and month names are stylish, too.  So how would this one wear for a child? Thanks to Katie for suggesting July as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Baby Name News: 4/28/13

April 28, 2013

At a dinner party last night, I realized how much name nerd-ery has changed the way my brain functions.  We were talking about fairytale reboots on television and the big screen, and our host wondered aloud if Grimm – as in the Brothers Jakob and Wilhelm – lent their surname to our word grim.  My […]

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Cairo and Coventry: Place Names for Globetrotters

April 19, 2013

Kids are called London and Paris and Savannah, too.  What other place names could be borrowed for a birth certificate? It’s a staggeringly long list.  And it isn’t an easy one to parse.  Plenty of places were named after people.  While some place names sound familiar, and are easily adapted for given names, others … […]

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