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animal names for babies

by Pamela Redmond Satran
Baby names with animal meanings, whether they come right out and announce them ala Fox or keep them secret, as with Yara or Poe, are an intriguing and fashionable group. They may appeal to animal lovers or parents who love nature names, or the animal meaning may be a happy bonus aspect of a name you already love. Here, our dozen favorite baby names with animal meanings.

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Sun-drenched Summer Baby Names

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Summer solstice. Long sunny days. The perfect inspiration for a cheerful, sun-drenched name for your summertime babe. These range from names that literally mean sun, like the French Soleil, to ancient sun gods from various cultures.

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Zodiac Baby Names for Boys

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zodiac names for boys

By Dantea

Some people believe in astrology, some people don’t, but it’s fun to think about. I’m pregnant with number 2, and I never really thought about naming it based on its sign. But I saw a suggested blog topic and thought it was interesting. So I made a list of names associated with each sign for those like me that think it’s fun to think about these connections.


Aries is the sign associated with fire, Mars, and the ram. The Ares person is, energetic, willful, commanding, leading, competitive, and protective; often leads when following would be best course of action. So we’re looking for names to do with those attributes.

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Patronymics – names taken from one’s father’s first name – are among the oldest and still most-common surnames in the Western World. We’re talking about literal “son” names such as Jackson and Emerson but also names such as McKenzie and Fitzgerald that indicate your daddy was Jack or Emery or Kenzie or Gerald. Now, of course, these patronymics are becoming popular baby names. In honor of Father’s Day, you might want to consider one of these names for Daddy’s boys and girls.

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Father’s Day Names with Meaning

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

One subtle way to celebrate Father’s Day is to give a future Daddy’s girl or boy a name with ‘father’ in its meaning, especially if the baby is due around this time of year. These baby names stretch across many cultures, some of them with religious significance and, as you will notice, the majority starting with the letter ‘A’..

Abbaa masculine name derived from the ancient Aramaic meaning “father,” Abba has been in use since the first century. Abba Eban (born Aubrey) was a noted Israeli diplomat and scholar, onetime ambassador to the US and to the UN. The name of the 70s Swedish pop group ABBA is an acronym of the members’ names–Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid.

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