Category: Family Names

baby names advice

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Welcome to the thrilling and mysterious world of parenthood.  And welcome too to the new and radically different world of baby names. In the interest of helping you make the best possible name choice for your child, here is your initiation guide to all that’s changed since every kid was named Jennifer and Jason.

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August birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

What’s new?

There were two sets of twins among the August baby names announced on the Forums this month, both beautifully balanced:

Evelyn Josephine & Ezra Nathaniel and

Willa Mary & Opal Susan

Also of particular note in this shorter-than-usual list: middle names Lavender and Marvel, and the prominence of E names for boys. Plus the huuuuge  preponderance of family namesakes!

Here are the names entered in the Birth Announcement forum in August.

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Are These Sibling Names Too Similar?

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Similar sibling names

They’ve found the perfect name for a daughter. The only problem? It’s very, very similar to their son’s name. How close is too close, and does sound matter more than spelling? The Name Sage weighs in.

Caley writes:

I have a dilemma with the front-runner name if our September baby is a girl.

The name we love is Gwen. Short, sweet, simple, standalone, no other variation needed. There is nothing we do not like about this name.

The problem arises when we see it written with our son’s name, Owen.

They are clearly similar. Pronunciation-wise they are very different. However, as we approach the due date, I am worried!

We don’t like alternate spellings such as Gwyn or long-form names. Maybe we should go back to square one?

Do you think the sibset of Owen and Gwen would be no big deal or a naming faux pas?

The Name Sage replies:

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Latest Berry Birth Announcements

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s always so interesting to see not only the variety of wonderful names picked by Berries each month, but to read their inspiration stories.

In July there was a great deal of family history honored, and also a helpful nurse, a shared vocation, beloved book and movie characters, an esteemed artist and—my personal favorite—the island on which an immigrant great-grandfather father first set foot on US soil. Not to mention Syrian, German, Spanish, French, Swiss, Armenian and Israeli roots!

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Smiling Irish surnames

 
For many decades, baby namers have had a mad romance with Irish family names. From Ryan to Riley to Rowan, Connor to Quinn, the US popularity rolls have been populated with cheery Irish surnames. Below are 12 of the many that embody that infectious Celtic charm—some of them new to the scene, others on their way up, and a few from the past that deserve a fresh look. By Linda Rosenkrantz

Though most of these names read boy, let’s not forget the female examples of Cassidy and Casey and Delaney and Murphy Brown, Tierney Sutton and Rooney Mara—that have gone to the other side!

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