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First, a long overdue congratulations to Carolyn on the birth of

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  1. I grew up in Minnesota and both Dakotas, so Sioux as a baby name feels really odd. It maybe a homophone for Sue, but it’s also the Objibway name for the Dakota and Lakota people, possibly meaning “little snakes.” It’s a little bit like calling someone Gypsy instead of Romani.

    I was surprised to see a Navaya in our local baby announcements, because I thought the whole point of the name Nevaeh, was the backwards spelling. Recently they have also had babies named Emirsyn, Pehtyn, Annalyse, Ariyanna, Bren and Rhes… so randomized use of the “y” continues.

    1. My second cousin’s name is Analyse, I hate that my cousin screwed up that lovely name with that atrocious spelling. Analyse’s big sisters are Alexus and Aleigh, so go figure. Nevaeh spelled any other way really does lose its meaning, doesn’t it? Heavynne is equally blech.

      And I completely agree with you about ‘Sioux’, it feels really inappropriate to me.

      1. Oh dear … love Anneliese, understand Annalisa, Annelise, etc. But Analyse is awfully close to therapy. Alexus is, at least, impossible to mispronounce.

  2. Trafton reminds me of Afton.

    Sounds like the Bring Back Beatrice author wrote it out of her head, not research.

  3. I wondered the same thing about Swarm. 🙂

    Caffrey is interesting.

    I’ve been trying to come up with a girl name that I think it going to be the next big thing, but I’m not noticing any one name over and over again. For boys, I think Bentley is going to be the biggest riser when the stats come out next month. He’s everywhere. I guess we have Teen Mom or 16 and pregnant, (whichever one Bentley’s Mom and baby Bentley is on) to thank for that. 🙂

  4. That ‘Bring Back Beatrice’ book is going to be dated very, very soon. Beatrice IS back in many circles – and in others it never left. I’d love a name book full of legitimate but actually uncommon names.

    I’m following you on twitter now – I’m @vomiting 🙂

  5. Okay, Aurora and Guinevere, even with that nutty spelling, are divine. But, Aurora Dawn? Redundant much?

    ForReal spotted some gems: I simply adore Ivy Wren. But, Tressa? Always reminds me of hair. Tresses. Get it? Ick.

    There’s a new book called “Bring Back Beatrice?” News flash. It’s been brought. How about “Bring Back Agnes?” or “Bring Back Alma?” Yep, I don’t know how well those would sell, either…

    I think Philip and George are cute together, and I like Felix, too – I know a set of Hazel, Felix, and Ada (the last two are twins!) – but I’m almost frightened to hear what Mariah and Nick will name those twins! Maybe they’ll go alphabetical and use O and P initials. Omar, Oren, Orly? I like Orly Cannon for a boy. Maybe Orly and Piper Carey-Cannon or something. Ha! Yea, I have no idea. Still frightened.

    1. Hazel, Felix, and Ada – yum! Friends of friends have 1 year old twin daughters named Evelyn and Charlotte, best named twins I’ve heard in a long time. I expect to be disappointed with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s picks, so I’ll have to keep these sets in mind 🙂

  6. I actually like the idea of Sioux for a first or middle, except for the fact that everyone will think she is Sue. But Idaho? I would think the parents are more likely to be from Iowa (Sioux City), South Dakota (Sioux Falls) or North Dakota (the Fighting Sioux).

  7. Aurora Dawn? Isn’t that a bit redundant?

    Trafton eeeeewwwww.

    Tressa is interesting, but I still like Tessa better.

    George and Phillip are a really sweet sibset. I love it!