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animal names for babies

by Pamela Redmond Satran
Baby names with animal meanings, whether they come right out and announce them ala Fox or keep them secret, as with Yara or Poe, are an intriguing and fashionable group. They may appeal to animal lovers or parents who love nature names, or the animal meaning may be a happy bonus aspect of a name you already love. Here, our dozen favorite baby names with animal meanings.

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Sun-drenched Summer Baby Names

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Summer solstice. Long sunny days. The perfect inspiration for a cheerful, sun-drenched name for your summertime babe. These range from names that literally mean sun, like the French Soleil, to ancient sun gods from various cultures.

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patronymics

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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rising vintage baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz & Pamela Redmond Satran

One day you’re out, and the next day — if you’re one of the old-fashioned formerly-dowdy baby names here — you’re very very in.  Just a few years ago, you might have cringed if the family expected you to name the baby after Great-Aunt Martha or Grandpa Harvey.  Today, those names and the others on the list are among the fastest-rising on the Social Security list.  These are the Olives and Oscars, the Sadies and Silases of tomorrow.

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Famous June Brides’ Names

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June is the month of Dads and Grads, but it’s also the month of June brides—there are statistically more weddings held in this month than in any other. And celebs have proved to have been as traditional as other couples in picking that time of year for their nuptials. Here are some of the best-named high-profile June brides, arranged chronologically.

Wallis

The June 3, 1937 wedding of King Edward VIII of England to American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson (born Bessie) was one of the most infamous of all time, causing him to abdicate his throne “for the woman I love” and become the Duke of Windsor. Wallis is an interesting, sophisticated female variation of Wallace that was used by Anthony Edwards for his daughter.

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