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When Not to Use an Honor Name

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By Kara Cavazos, The Art of Naming

For many years all around the world, it was the norm to hand names down generation after generation. In many cultures, it was traditional to use family names. Sometimes there were even patterns laid out for determining which child gets which relative’s name.

Times have changed a bit but even modern parents find themselves considering whether or not they’ll honor a relative.

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Arthurian Names Beyond Morgan and Merlin

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By Bree Ogle, The Beauty of Names

My love for Arthurian myth is a strong one. I love the knights, the quests, the magic, and of course, the names. Arthurian myth features some of the most unusual names out there, from the knight Sagramore to Guinevere‘s half-sister Guinevak (originally the complicated Gwenhwyvach), but we never really hear much beyond Arthur and Merlin. Well today I will be shedding some light on the more unusual characters – and names – of the myths.

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Thinking Outside the Popularity Box

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By Jackie at Namesplash

Have you ever been frustrated to find that a name you’ve loved for years is actually more popular than you thought?

When I was ten or so, I remember thinking the names Piper and Cooper were adorable and unique. While my personal tastes have changed quite bit in the last fifteen years, I still tend to steer clear of names I deem “too popular.” Both of my “unique” choices are now in the SSA Top 100, and I can only watch helplessly as many of the baby names I’ve loved for years trend tragically upwards.

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The Trendiest Dog Names

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By Stephen Smith

In the popular television series Columbo, the detective played by Peter Falk was sometimes accompanied by his droopy-faced basset hound. His dog’s name: Dog. Most dog owners are a bit more imaginative when it comes to naming their pets. The list of the most popular dog names generally doesn’t change much from year to year, a little like the list of most popular dog breeds in America. But some names are trendier than others, though they might not make the list of most popular. 

THE TOP TEN TRENDY NAMES FOR MALE DOGS:

Sawyer — A fitting name for a mischievous or adventurous dog.

Jack — A solid, popular name.

Hudson — Here’s a name gaining popularity with human babies, but seems suitable for a hound.

Finn — Perfect for one of the Irish breeds.

Emerson — A fitting name for a dog of noble stature.

Bear — Good choice for the large canine; comical choice for the toy breeds.

Puppy — Colombo-esque, but it’s the name Zac Efron gave his Australian Shepherd.

Max — Another trendy name for human babies. Any dog would be comfortable with it.

Kai — It’s hip and means “ocean” in Hawaiian.

Cooper — Another solid name. Mini Cooper might be a good choice for toy breed.

THE TOP TEN TRENDY NAMES FOR FEMALE DOGS:

Elsa — It grows on you.

Bella — It was the most popular female puppy name last year.

Stella — Try shouting the name like Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Quinn — A bit masculine, but some female dogs act like tomboys.

Sophie — Reserved for the cutest puppies.

Ivy — Yes, somewhat like Beyoncé’s kid, Blue Ivy.

Charlie — A fitting name for your little angel.

Aurora — The Roman goddess of dawn. An appropriate name for a female dog who gets you out of bed before the alarm clock does.

Avery — The name has a British ring to it.

Lila — A fitting name for a fluffy pet.

Thanks to the American Kennel Club for permission to reproduce this post.

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A Different Kind of College Ranking

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By Nick Turner

What are the best colleges in America? Well, you could consult rankings published by U.S. News & World Report and others. They’ll probably tell you the answer is Harvard or Princeton or some other predictable choice.

But in my view, no college is worth anything if people aren’t naming their children after it. That’s why I’ve created the First Annual College Baby Name List — a ranking of the most popular university-themed monikers in America.

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