Sunday Summary: 10.21.18Happy Sunday! Er … on Monday.

First up: the next round of the Great Halloween Baby Names contest is live! Vote for your favorite Wizard names here, and your top Witch names here.

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That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!

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  1. When I read about the mom naming her daughter Ottoline, but call her Sp@rkle, I knew I had to comment. My little sister is named Sp@rkle (it’s her legal name), and she has always loved her name. She’s a grown-up now and it hasn’t been any issues with her being name Sparkle. It makes her memorable to everyone and no one ever forgets her name. Our family is patriotic, since I have another sister named L!berty.

  2. Interesting article about the Japanese naming trend. Did you spot the name near the bottom which translates as ‘Wish’? What do you think of Wish as an interesting/fanciful middle name? It strikes my ear very nicely and has a beautiful meaning. Not sure if it is too out there or not??

  3. This in regards to River and Rain being too close to be sibling names. That may be true– and I didn’t read all of Duana’s post. Just commenting on Courtney and Eric Waldrop’s selection of names for their sextuplets (they have TLC show): Rivers (f), Rayne (f) and Layke (m). The other three are Rawlings (f), Blu (m) and Tag (m). (Older brothers are Saylor, Bridge and Wales.)

  4. Theodora nn Theo, Eleanor nn Nell, Hugh and Luke are all from the original story. Shirley is obviously a nod to the author, Shirley Jackson. There is a very limited cast of characters in the novel so the more secondary and tertiary characters in the show will likely not be names used in the novel.