Have you ever wondered how the bunny rabbit came to be associated with Easter and how the connection became so entrenched? Well, it relates more to pagan folklore than Christian iconography, dating back to 13th century Germany and worship of the Teutonic deity Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility, who was honored by feasts on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit, because of the animal’s fecundity. Which just might inspire you to consider a famous bunny’s name for your Easter baby. These range from the classic to the comical.
Expecting a spring baby? After a long, snowy winter, a seasonal nature name celebrates all new life. The possibilities are endless, but here are a dozen of the best. All of them work as bold first names or surprising middles. Two bonuses: many of them are unisex, and none of them currently rank in the US Top 500.
The persistent Blake Lively/Ryan Reynolds baby name rumor has been confirmed by the baby’s proud papa on The Today Show. She’s named James – less outrageous than it seems in the context of all the recent celebrity baby girls given names formerly reserved for boys. Here, Abby Sandel collects a baker’s dozen starbaby girls with boys’ – or do we call them unisex? — names:
Even since Patrick emigrated onto the U.S. popularity list in the 1800’s, there have always been jovial Irish boys’ names represented there—through the Brian-Ryan and Sean-Shane eras right up to 2013, when Liam hit second place. But who’s next? We looked at the latest Irish 100 Most Popular Boys’ Names list to suss out the likeliest candidates, listed in order of their native popularity. (Pronunciations are given when needed, but don’t forget how we all managed to learn how to say Seamus and Siobhan!)
Which of the most popular Irish boys’ names are most likely to make it in the US? Our analysis:
Why give your daughter a mere name when you can name her after someone she can look up to? Of course, that inspirational namesake may well come from your own family. But in honor of Women’s History Month, we’d like to suggest the names of a dozen daring, groundbreaking women who also happen to have noteworthy names you just might want to pass on to a little girl.