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names from the Odyssey

By Emily Cardoza, Nothing like a name

Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns, driven time and again off course…

The man referred to above is literary idol Odysseus, whose story is still taught in schools across the country and referenced in hundreds of books and films – including one of my favorites, O Brother Where Art Thou? Today we’ll be looking at just a few of the names of characters in his epic journey.

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Strictly Scottish: Innis, Jura & Jock

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strictly Scottish

By Clare Bristow

It’s a good time of year to think about all things Scottish. You might have welcomed the new year by singing Auld Lang Syne or be celebrating Burns Night on 25 January. Name nerds can also celebrate because Scotland has already released its provisional Top 100 for 2015 – we can look forward to the full data on 15 March.

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Amanda writes:

We are expecting our second child on February 16th, exactly two years after we welcomed our daughter, Evelina Viti. She goes by Lina. We chose not to find out the gender again this time, but it is making choosing a name that much harder!

Evelina’s middle name is from my husband’s family, which is very Italian. Our last name is Italian, too, and ends in ‘o’.

If Evelina had been a boy, we had chosen Byron Robert. Now that we have Evelina, we feel that Byron doesn’t work. It’s too English and short next to her very Italian, four-syllable name.

Most of the boy names I like are English or German, including Marius, Jasper, and Leander. My husband prefers something Italian, like Santino.

If this baby is a girl, we are equally stumped. I have suggested Lorelei, a nod to my German heritage. My husband is not totally opposed, but he doesn’t like that it means temptress. The middle name will be Magdalena, after my grandmother.

We both love traditional names that are somewhat unusual now. The meaning of the name is also important to us. We had a difficult pregnancy, so the fact that Evelina meant “wished for child” made it even more perfect.

So basically, I am afraid I won’t be able to find a name I love as much as my firstborn’s name!

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Saxon Names from the Last Kingdom


By Clare Bristow

Viewers on both sides of the Atlantic have been enjoying the television show The Last Kingdom, based on novels by Bernard Cornwell. Set in the ninth century, it tells the story of the Danish invasion of what is now England, and the Saxon resistance.

A lot of the characters are real historical figures so we know their names are appropriate for their time and place (always a relief for name lovers). Many of the fictional characters also have names that were recorded around the same time.

Here are seven authentic Anglo-Saxon men’s names from the show, ranging from the familiar to the unheard-of. Characters’ names are spelled here are they are in the credits.

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British Naming Trends of 2015

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British name trends 2015

By Eleanor Nickerson

As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2015.

The 2014 British Name Trends of ‘ar’ sounds and surnames which I wrote about last year are in full swing. Arlo has been prolific in British birth announcements, meanwhile Cooper, Carter, Parker, Hunter, Lincoln (for boys) and Harper and Darcey (for girls) have continued to rise.

But other trends are beginning to emerge this year, and some are definitely ones to watch out for:

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