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If you’ve been busy with Easter festivities, thanks for taking a break to visit.  And if Easter isn’t your thing, no worries … after my round-up of Famous Rabbits, I promise to go light on the holiday-related names this morning.

Instead, let’s have a random round-up of all the chatter from the blogosphere:

  • Cruz Diesel Maverick … hmmm … there’s an awful lot going on in that name.  Was the idea of Cruz Diesel Matthew or Cruz William Maverick or Cruz Maverick James really so unpalatable?  Modern and inventive names are great, but they need an anchor.
  • Oh, I do like a name that means happy.
  • Harper is the top gaining girls’ name in Tasmania.  How high do you think she’ll chart in the US when the 2012 numbers are released?  She just downright dominates baby name news.
  • I can’t believe I’m calling Florence edgy, but I really do think she is nowadays.  Read Lou’s great write-up on this name here.
  • Loved this list of secret nature names at Nameberry.
  • Check out the most popular names in Finland.
  • Still not getting tired of these Old Quebec names.  Eponymia chose her favorites for the letter C.
  • Congrats to Swistle on her new digs!  And wow, Ruby Rose is a lovely given name, but does it sound too much like a fairy tale princess if the surname is Winter?
  • Camila Alves says that Livingston was not chosen in homage to Matthew McConaughey’s keep on livin’ catchphrase.
  • Speaking of surprises, I’m in The Daily Mail!  Thanks Kim, Kanye .. and Pam!  Incidentally, they couple have denied rumors that they’re seriously considering North for their child’s name.  I anticipate at least another three ridiculous name rumors until the little West makes his or her debut.
  • It’s another edition of Matilda Magazine.
  • Did you see Chantal’s post about the website How Many of Me?  Statistically speaking they say that there is just one Abby Sandel in the US.  Could it be?  Of course it also says that there’s only one Alexander Sandel, and since there’s my father-in-law and my son, well … there are at least two.

That’s all for this week!  As always, thanks for reading and have a lovely holiday.

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  1. Wooh, I saw you in the “Daily Mail”! They keep bringing out stupid hoax names (Easton, Kash), what a pair of attention-seekers.

    I did the How Many of Me and it said there is a statistical probability that only one person in the US has the same name as me. I did a search in the White Pages, and I found one very elderly lady in Ohio with my name. Maybe she is the statistical one!

    1. Thanks, WMM! And yes … I’m growing weary of the krazy name rumors. And at the same time I’m not … but they are REALLY ramping up the pressure to come up with a great name for the little one.

      1. They’re probably going to call it something really boring, like Kai or Harrison!

    1. haven’t looked at the list yet, but those are awesome. Casilda was common in the 16th & 17th century spanish plays I used to read. But I’ve never seen Cleonine before. Love it.

  2. I actually said Yay out loud when I saw a new edition of Matilda! Then I had to explain to those in the room why a baby naming magazine from Australia warrants an audible yay 🙂 My Easter just got brighter, cadbury eggs, cup of tea and reading commence.

  3. “How Many of Me?” uses statistical (not real-person, which is legally not available until 72 years after the respective census) data based on the 2000 census to determine the likely frequency of each first-last name combo. Here’s some reasons why there may be more or less real people with each name combo:

    Ethnic or other correlations aren’t taken into account; thus there are probably way more Jose Rodriguezes than Jose Smiths, although HMOM would say the opposite.

    Since the info is from the 2000 census, first names that have become more popular since (e.g. Isabella, Sophia) are underrepresented while names like Dorothy and Helen (most common on the generation with the highest death rate during that time) are overrepresented.

    Also, since most people put down their full name rather than their nickname on the census form, you might get more results with (for example in your case) Abigail Sandel instead of Abby Sandel.

  4. I agree with your point about anchors in names. Cruz Diesel Maverick needs a palate cleanser, as it were.

  5. I’ve used the How Many of Me? website before but never really questioned the accuracy. Maybe it’s working more on statistical probability than actual data when it comes to the full name?

    I love the idea of Ruby Rose Winter, but I love fairy tales. I think they should go for it!