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Baby Names Backwards and Inside Out

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By Kate at Sancta Nomina (Katherine Morna Towne)

I enjoy fun and unusual ways to come up with names. I’ve recently been loving the idea of turning initials into names a la Edie (E.D.), Vienne (V.N.), Essie (S.E.), and Cece (C.C.). I could see it totally working to name a little girl Ivy after Grandpa Isaac Victor (I.V.).

And anagram names! By which I mean the mixing up of the letters of one name to get a different name. Examples include Jason and Sonja, Aaron and Anora, Byron and Robyn, Neil and Elin. I personally love this idea, and think it can sometimes be just the right way to figure out an honor name. Revealingly, the number of hits one gets when googling “anagram names” — both examples and anagram generators — is pretty remarkable (this list is amazing).

But in my experience, one technique for coming up with new names seems to get overlooked, and regarding one particular example of it, obliterated with criticism: backwards naming, specifically the name Nevaeh.

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10 Xcellent Underused Baby Names

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X names

By Kara Cavazos, The Art of Naming

The letter X is bold and interesting. While there are attractive names that begin with the letter X, options are somewhat limited. There are, however, quite a few options that contain the letter X within the name. Let’s take a look at some that contain this letter and are not currently ranking within the Top 1000. If you’re looking for a unique and bold name, this list is for you!

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Baby #7

By Tara Wood

Although I’ve done it seven times, I still find baby naming weird and challenging.

I don’t know about you, but my mood, thoughts, likes, and opinions all shift daily- sometimes hourly. Oftentimes I change my my mind three or four times before I finally decide on what kind of sandwich to order and I’m supposed to name for a human baby person for, like, life?

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Zodiac Baby Names for Girls

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By Dantea

We’ve looked at Zodiac baby names for boys, now here are the traits associated with each sign and related names, this time aimed at girls.

Aries:

Aries is the sign associated with fire, Mars, and the ram. People born under this sign are courageous, energetic, willful, commanding, leading, competitive, and protective, and often lead when following would be a better course of action. Here are some names related to those attributes.

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Zodiac Baby Names for Boys

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By Dantea

Some people believe in astrology, some people don’t, but it’s fun to think about. I’m pregnant with number 2, and I never really thought about naming it based on its sign. But I saw a suggested blog topic and thought it was interesting. So I made a list of names associated with each sign for those like me that think it’s fun to think about these connections.

 Aries:

Aries is the sign associated with fire, Mars, and the ram. The Ares person is, energetic, willful, commanding, leading, competitive, and protective; often leads when following would be best course of action. So we’re looking for names to do with those attributes.

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