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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Poor Princess Kate.

Not only is she suffering from serious morning sickness with Baby #2, everyone from late night talk show hosts to gossip columnists worldwide is busy speculating on her due date, whether #2 will be a princess or a prince, and, of course, what they’ll name the newest royal.

Naming any boy – whether he’s coming home to a castle or a condo – can become a battle between tradition and fresh starts.

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gender-benders

Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names?  You betcha.  First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.

Here are some who have had a perceivable influence in making their lad names more acceptable for ladies.

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unisex names

A lot of people complain about unisex names.

Names like Riley and Rory, they say — never mind Maxwell or James — should never be used for girls.  Those are boys’ names, and should stay on the boys’ side of the fence.

And then there are those people who campaign for names such as Ashley and Evelyn to be repossessed by the boys from the girls.

Other says that word names and place names such as Halcyon and Havana have no intrinsic gender and so are equally appropriate for girls and boys.

We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders.  Please name names and let us know why you think  your choices go both ways with the most grace.

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August Starbabies: Ophelia and Saint Laszlo

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By CaraMichelle

This month saw some high-profile baby name announcements, like those of Scarlett Johansson and Savannah Guthrie, and also such surprising choices as Saint Laszlo and Kiki-Kate.  Rocker Dave Grohl chose the Shakespearean Ophelia for his third daughter, following more conventional choices, and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff pulled a gender switch when she named her daughter Bowie Lou.

Here’s CaraMichelle’s full roster of starbabies born in August:

Girls:

Adalynn Grace (Peyton and Patience Siva)

Aitana, sister of Ashlin, Vadhir, and Eduardo (Eugenio Derbez and Alessandra Rosaldo)

Amelia Blair (Derek and Mallory Anderson)

Ava Grace (Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre)

Bowie Lou, sister of Luca (Rebecca Minkoff and Gavin Bellour)

Harper, sister of Dylan (f) (Kristy Hinze-Clark and Jim Clark)

Kiki-Kate, sister of Lola-Lily (Nicolette van Dam and Bas Smit)

Linnea Dori (Alysia and Louis Montano)

London Rose, sister of Jackson and Etta (Carson Daly and Siri Pinter)

Lucy Fitzgerald (Peter and Julie Frates)

Mae (Kate Ritchie and Stuart Webb)

Marlowe Mae (Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino)

Milla Jane Maree (Jake Stringer and Abby Gilmore)

Ophelia Saint, sister of Violet and Harper (Dave Grohl and Jordan Blum)

Rose Dorothy (Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac)

Rylen Judith, sister of Baylen, Bowen, and Callen (Drew and Brittany Brees)

Summer Rain, sister of Max (Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler)

Vale Esme (Graeme and Kristin McDowell)

Vale Guthrie (Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman)

Zelda Rose (Liam McMullan and Virginia Chambers)

Boys:

Archer Grason (Dan and Marni Ewing)

August Louis, brother of Avalon and Nixon (Sami Muirhead and Sam Bohner)

Eddie (Nick Knowles and Jessica Rose Moor)

Eli Andrew, brother of Lily (Gareth David-Lloyd and Gemma James)

Greyson Ellis (Brandon and Haylee Belt)

Isaac Joseph, brother of Felix and Eli (Fiona O’Carroll and Martin Delany)

Joaquin Enriquez (Peter and Allision Quillin)

Kingman (Baron Davis and Isabella Brewster)

Max (Michelle Doherty and Mark O’Shea)

Megaa Omari (Omarion and Apryl Jones)

Milo (Residente and Soledad Fandino)

Omré (Oritsé Williams and AJ Azari)

Saint Laszlo, brother of Bronx (Pete Wentz and Meagan Camper)

Zed (Fann Wong and Christopher Lee)

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Royal Baby Names, Round 2!

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Will and Kate of Great Britain, have announced that they’re newly expecting baby number two, a sibling for one-year-old Prince George Alexander Louis.

Now that they’ve given their heir an appropriately kingly name, what will they name their spare?

Another name traditionally used in the royal family, we bet, but the door opens a bit wider for a name that may not have been used for a king or queen but has a lesser royal pedigree and is a bit more adventurous.  While we don’t see Diana as a first name, it could well end up in the middle, as could another offbeat choice such as Leopold or Matilda.

Our Top Ten ideas, based on the bookmakers’ odds and our own best guesses.

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