Category: Guest Bloggers

Car Baby Names: 2015 models

current car names

By Lilibeth Leda at The Well-Informed Namer

When I was a kid, I developed a fascination with cars.  Not just any cars, but antiques and foreign cars in particular.  Although my preoccupation has faded with the years, I can still tell when a pick-up was made based on its lights and I still feel giddy whenever I see a Model T, a DeLorean, or the rare (in America, anyway) Peugeot on the road.

So, feel like going for a drive? Here are some actual, current car baby names that are also names of car brands or models.

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Naming Baldwin

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by Benilde Little

There weren’t that many names that I considered giving my first-born. Even though I had amniocentesis, we didn’t find out the gender. My husband didn’t want to know and so I let him have his way. I really wanted a girl, but knew I’d be happy with whoever showed up.

Her last name would be the same as my husband’s, which is Virgin. It limits things. We’d agreed that a boy would carry on Cliff’s family name – he’s a III – which gave me the lead in choosing a girl’s name. I had always liked the name Esme. I liked Grace, I also liked Neema (which means Grace in Tanzania—at least that’s what was on the tag attached the African doll we had). None of those names sounded right with Virgin, though. I also wanted a name that meant something, had a connection to someone–a family member or a place or in the case of Baldwin, a favorite writer.

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Best Cool, Unusual Saints’ Names

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by Katherine Morna Towne

Naming your baby after a saint is no longer a requirement for Catholics, but many parents with a religious or historic bent want to do so anyway. Fortunately, there are a lot of saints to choose from, from every country and culture, so finding names that fit a more offbeat personal name style isn’t as hard as it might seem. Here are ten of my favorite cool and unusual saints’ names I like suggesting when I do name consultations:

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Science and the Sounds and Shapes of Names

sounds of names

By David Sidhu

Guest blogger David Sidhu shares some of his fascinating research on the personality traits people associate with certain names. And if you’d like to delve further into the subject, he’s provided some references at the end.

What’s in a name? Is there any scientific reason to expect that we might associate certain kinds of information with a name, based on the way it sounds or feels to pronounce? Yes! It seems that certain kinds of names are associated with not only particular shapes, but also personality traits!

But, before we get to names, we have to take a few steps back, to 1929, when Wolfgang Köhler first claimed that certain made up words (or “nonwords”) might go along better with certain shapes. He suggested that if people were presented with two shapes: a round one and a spiky one, and told that one was a “baluma” and one was a “takete,” everyone would naturally pair “baluma” with the round shape and “takete” with the sharp shape. His assertion has since been demonstrated experimentally a number of different times: people associate nonwords like “bouba”, “maluma” or “luna” with round shapes; and nonwords like “kiki”, “teetay” or “paka” with sharp shapes. This has come to be known as the “Bouba/Kiki Effect.”

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The Name Trend That Isn’t

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instagram baby names

Duana Taha writes the Duana Names column for the website Lainey Gossip, where this piece first appeared. She last wrote for Nameberry on wishing she and her husband had signed a baby name prenup.

The idea that people are naming their children after Instagram filters.

Let me be clear, I don’t buy this at all. It’s a great headline, but it’s just preposterous. I feel the kind of rage that Millenials must feel when they read yet another disparaging headline about Millenials (PS – according to some scales, I am a Millenial. This confounds me).

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