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How to Name Your Dog

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By Mikita Brottman

Ideally, we should wait until we’ve got a sense of a dog’s personality before picking out a name, but puppy-owners, like would-be parents, often have a name in mind long before they lay eyes on their new arrival.

Grisby is the first and only dog I’ve ever owned, and I had his name picked out before he was even born. One evening, my partner David and I watched a French movie from 1954 called Touchez Pas au Grisbi (translation: Don’t Touch the Loot). The film was about a band of world-weary French gangsters who sit around in a bar planning a heist and mumbling about le grisbi (old-fashioned French criminal slang whose equivalent is something like “loot” or “booty”).

As I recall, we both thought it would be an appropriate name for the dog we were planning to acquire not only because it was French (though we’ve Anglicized the spelling), but also because it’s a tough, macho way of saying “treasure,” perfect for a little French bulldog.

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Thanksgiving Baby Names: Sur la Table

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Ah, Thanksgiving dinner…it’s such a sensual delight—the visual appeal of the glistening turkey and array of veggies, the sweet and pungent aromas produced by all the herbs and spices, the taste of the sumptuous desserts. So this year, we salute the holiday table and all the goodies it presents.

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middle names

The other day we brought you the first half of our cool one-syllable middle names; today we present those from the second half of the alphabet.

The idea: Fancy middle names might be fashionable, but sometimes what you really need is a short, sweet, yet cool middle name.  Something that’s less about Big Personal Meaning and more about providing a euphonic bridge between a perhaps-complicated first name and an even-more-complicated last.

Nameberry visitors are often searching for one-syllable middle names that go beyond the run-of-the-mill Rose or James yet are equally sleek and uncomplicated.  To address that need, here’s the second half of our master list of cool one-syllable middle names for both genders.

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What’s your favorite flower name?

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Daisy or Dahlia?

Flora or Fern?

Flower names are blooming in a big way, with options ranging from the everyday varietals — Lily and Rose — to the exotic — Lotus and Primrose.

For the full list of flower names, go here.

Which is your very favorite flower name?  Your guilty pleasure?  The name you’d choose for a child…or even yourself?

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Opera Baby Names: Handles from Handel

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By Zeffy, Baby Names from Yesteryear

George Frideric Handel, born in 1685, is considered to be one of the most accomplished opera composers in history. Handel was German born but it was in England where he made his fortune and fame. He tapped into the English aristocracy’s obsession with all things Italian by creating beautiful, intricate Italian operas, and it’s his operas that show his talent for naming characters. I don’t know how many of the names below are actually usable, but they’re fun and so name-nerdy yummy.

Alceste – From the 1727 opera Admeto, this is the Italian form of the Greek mythological name Alcestis. Its possible meaning is ‘valiant, courageous’. Alceste is also the title of a mini-opera by Handel.

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