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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Poor Princess Kate.

Not only is she suffering from serious morning sickness with Baby #2, everyone from late night talk show hosts to gossip columnists worldwide is busy speculating on her due date, whether #2 will be a princess or a prince, and, of course, what they’ll name the newest royal.

Naming any boy – whether he’s coming home to a castle or a condo – can become a battle between tradition and fresh starts.

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August Starbabies: Ophelia and Saint Laszlo

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By CaraMichelle

This month saw some high-profile baby name announcements, like those of Scarlett Johansson and Savannah Guthrie, and also such surprising choices as Saint Laszlo and Kiki-Kate.  Rocker Dave Grohl chose the Shakespearean Ophelia for his third daughter, following more conventional choices, and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff pulled a gender switch when she named her daughter Bowie Lou.

Here’s CaraMichelle’s full roster of starbabies born in August:

Girls:

Adalynn Grace (Peyton and Patience Siva)

Aitana, sister of Ashlin, Vadhir, and Eduardo (Eugenio Derbez and Alessandra Rosaldo)

Amelia Blair (Derek and Mallory Anderson)

Ava Grace (Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre)

Bowie Lou, sister of Luca (Rebecca Minkoff and Gavin Bellour)

Harper, sister of Dylan (f) (Kristy Hinze-Clark and Jim Clark)

Kiki-Kate, sister of Lola-Lily (Nicolette van Dam and Bas Smit)

Linnea Dori (Alysia and Louis Montano)

London Rose, sister of Jackson and Etta (Carson Daly and Siri Pinter)

Lucy Fitzgerald (Peter and Julie Frates)

Mae (Kate Ritchie and Stuart Webb)

Marlowe Mae (Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino)

Milla Jane Maree (Jake Stringer and Abby Gilmore)

Ophelia Saint, sister of Violet and Harper (Dave Grohl and Jordan Blum)

Rose Dorothy (Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac)

Rylen Judith, sister of Baylen, Bowen, and Callen (Drew and Brittany Brees)

Summer Rain, sister of Max (Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler)

Vale Esme (Graeme and Kristin McDowell)

Vale Guthrie (Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman)

Zelda Rose (Liam McMullan and Virginia Chambers)

Boys:

Archer Grason (Dan and Marni Ewing)

August Louis, brother of Avalon and Nixon (Sami Muirhead and Sam Bohner)

Eddie (Nick Knowles and Jessica Rose Moor)

Eli Andrew, brother of Lily (Gareth David-Lloyd and Gemma James)

Greyson Ellis (Brandon and Haylee Belt)

Isaac Joseph, brother of Felix and Eli (Fiona O’Carroll and Martin Delany)

Joaquin Enriquez (Peter and Allision Quillin)

Kingman (Baron Davis and Isabella Brewster)

Max (Michelle Doherty and Mark O’Shea)

Megaa Omari (Omarion and Apryl Jones)

Milo (Residente and Soledad Fandino)

Omré (Oritsé Williams and AJ Azari)

Saint Laszlo, brother of Bronx (Pete Wentz and Meagan Camper)

Zed (Fann Wong and Christopher Lee)

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

The good news about naming a girl: the options are limitless.

The bad news about naming a girl: the options?  Limitless!  How do you choose?

In the US, around two-thirds of all newborn girls are given a Top 1000 name.  We play it safe with our sons, with 79% – nearly four out of five – parents sticking with something in the Top 1000.  Sure, Cortez, Kamdyn, and Garrison are included in that Top 1000 definition of safe – but they’re not nearly as out-there as some of the rarities given to girls.

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september baby names

By Kelly P. McDonald

September signals a shift from the dog days of summer to cool autumn nights spent apple picking and coordinating school drop-offs. What many may not realize is that September is heavily associated with the color blue, given that the birthstone for September is the sapphire, and one of the three birth-month flowers is the forget-me-not. Parents of September babies have a palette of blue names to choose from, from the straightforward but bold Blue to less obvious choices like Livia.

Several historical events have occurred during Septembers past, including the births of famous writers, musicians, and athletes. Here are a number of interesting September names that are sure to suit even the pickiest of parents.

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by Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Congratulations to the Brees family on their latest addition: daughter Rylen Judith.

With just two names, the NFL quarterback and wife Brittany (shown in illustration) managed to capture both extremes in modern baby naming.  The couple chose a first name that’s pure twenty-first century, and paired it with a middle that’s been around since the Old Testament.

Some parents consider names from both sides of the line – innovations like Maddox as well as standards like Robert or Stanley. Most of us probably have a definite preference. Yes to Eleanor, no to Madison. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

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