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Patronymics – names taken from one’s father’s first name – are among the oldest and still most-common surnames in the Western World. We’re talking about literal “son” names such as Jackson and Emerson but also names such as McKenzie and Fitzgerald that indicate your daddy was Jack or Emery or Kenzie or Gerald. Now, of course, these patronymics are becoming popular baby names. In honor of Father’s Day, you might want to consider one of these names for Daddy’s boys and girls.

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Name Sage: A Name to Remember Dad

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Barbie writes:

I would like to honor my recently deceased father, Early Bernard, but I am drawing a blank! I just cannot see myself naming my child a name that would be shortened to Earl. His nickname was Early Bird, so I have flirted the idea of incorporating Bird somehow. But how?

Our four daughters are Taegan Elizabeth Claire, Madeleine Alexandria Rose, Julie Isabella Maria, and Willow Delilah Blue. As you can see, I like a variety of names.

I gave them all three names for personal reasons, and my son will have three names as well. I would prefer that no two of my children have the same first initial, so J, M, T, and W are out.

The Name Sage replies:

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New McBaby Names for Boys

McBaby Names

By Abby Sandel

Mackenzie, Makayla, and Mckenna have had a long run as go-to names for girls.

Is there any energy left in this trend?

The answer seems to be yes. And among the more interesting of the Mc- and Mac- names are some great options for boys, as parents reclaim the sound for their sons.

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The Other Royal Baby Names

European royal names

By Abby Sandel

How do you name a future monarch?  The world is waiting to meet the newest member of the House of Windsor, but many a ruling family of Europe has welcomed a new addition in recent years.

Tradition clearly carries the day when royals go looking for baby names. But the times they are a changin’, and there are signs that even princes like to keep it simple. Gone are the long strings of five, six, or more given names. Even Prince George Alexander Louis, future King of England, has just three names total.

And yet the names that rule in Europe are an intriguing mix of classic and quirky, from the enduring Mary, Marie, and Maria to the intriguing Badouin and Ivalo.

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Good-Intention Baby Naming

good intention baby names

By Kate at Sancta Nomina (Katherine Morna Towne)

One of the very first readers of my blog emailed me to ask about the connection between the names Eleanor and Helen. She and her husband had a darling baby daughter, already named Eleanor, a name they loved, which they had happily bestowed in honor of St. Helen. (You might see where I’m going with this.)

It wasn’t until months after Baby Eleanor was born that the mom discovered that Eleanor is not actually a form of Helen, but she wrote to me in a last-gasp attempt to find some loophole somewhere that allowed Eleanor and Helen to be related.

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