Category: Guest Bloggers

Girls’ Names: 11 Fresh Choices

new girls' names

By Esmeralda Rocha

We at Nameberry are always combing works of literature, global popularity lists, and your suggestions to find names to add to the Nameberry database. We thought we’d bring you the highlights of our most recent efforts in a two-part blog. Custom says ladies first, so here are 11 of our favorite recently added girls’ names.

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Give Atticus’ Parents A Break

baby name Atticus

By Meghan Daum

Normally I’m all for making fun of parents who, by dint of ZIP Code or number of tattoos, fall into the hipster category and assert their nonconformity by giving their kids names that, once upon a time, were considered best suited for pets. Hang around a playground in Silver Lake or Brooklyn‘s Park Slope and you’ll hear enough calls of “Roscoe!” and “Lulu!” to think you’ve accidentally wandered into the dog park.

Still, I say we stop piling on parents who named their kids Atticus.

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The Latest Starbaby Names

July starbabies

By CaraMichelle

There was an exceptionally long list of new starbabies born in July, and here is CaraMichelle’s comprehensive rundown.

Among the highest profile arrivals were Charlize Theron‘s daughter August, Sophie B. Hawkins’s Esther Ballantine, Brandon and Leah Jenner’s Eva James (a middle name increasingly worn by girls), Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross‘s daughter Jagger Snow, Macklemore’s Sloane Ava Simone, Jeff Goldblum’s Charlie Ocean, and Jaime King‘s Leo Thames.

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Notable Namesakes for August

August namesakes

By Meagan, A Tulip by Any Name

August is here and that means warmer temperatures and soaking in the last sweet days of summer before school starts. Here are some inspiring names of writers, actors, and pioneers that all share August birthdays.

Tennyson – One of the most influential Victorian poets, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was born August 6, 1809. Tennyson was appointed as Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria and served for 42 years. Tennyson is an English surname meaning son of Dennis. Actor Russell Crowe used this poetic name for his son, Tennyson Spencer in 2006.

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Shakespeare baby names

by Christina June

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” — William Shakespeare

True story: I have never once wanted to get revenge on someone. I don’t have any enemies and I strive to be kind to everyone; I remind myself there’s always another side to the story and try my best to keep that in mind when something doesn’t go my way. Because of this, or perhaps in spite of it, I’ve always been fascinated with stories about revenge and why someone would choose to go down that slippery slope.

Several months ago, when I answered a call for short stories to be part of a new charity anthology of Shakespeare retellings, the only play I even considered working with was Othello—the ultimate tale of revenge. A perpetual favorite of mine, I turned Othello into The Scarf, which brings the familiar characters to a modern high school during a student government election. Golden boy Omar is poised to win the presidency, the ultimate power position in the school, but just hours before the results are to be announced, he confronts his girlfriend Darcy about the mounting evidence that she’s cheating on him with his running mate. With a missing scarf as the seemingly final nail in the coffin of their relationship, stage manager Emerson begins to put together their pieces of the story that isn’t as it appears on the surface.

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