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Reviving Gertrude

By Mikita Brottman

“If you will call a dog Hervey,” said the English author Dr. Johnson, “I shall love him.” This quirky adage was meant to praise the unconventional Hervey family, whom Dr. Johnson found excellent company, but he also put his finger on an important truth, which is that the magic of a name doesn’t lie in the name itself, but in those who bear it. It’s the owners of the name that give it a glamorous aura, which is then passed on to others, even if they happen to be a dog.

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Valentine's Day names

Ready for a sugar rush? Valentine’s Day means candy. From conversation hearts to truffles, there’s a sweet treat to tempt everyone. If you’re expecting a new addition right about now, plenty of those treats could inspire a child’s name, too. From names that mean sweet to those favorite candies that come packaged in heart-shaped boxes for February 14th, here are a dozen possibilities inspired by all things candy-coated and sweet.

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familiar baby names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Would you pay tens of thousands of dollars to have a crack team of experts develop a one-of-a-kind name for your baby?

If you’ve got the cash, a Swiss firm has assembled the creative linguists prepared to do just that.  It isn’t clear just how many bespoke baby names the firm has created.

Here’s my guess: the number is small.

Because while many parents crave meaning, and want their child’s name to stand out, we don’t hear a lot of truly unique names that seem pulled from thin air, even in Hollywood.

Well … maybe Suri Cruise.

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women explorer names

If when you hear the words ‘adventurer’ or ‘explorer’ you get the image of a macho man in a pith helmet on a quest to discover new lands, here are the names of some women that could and should turn that image around. These are just a few of the many bold females pioneers who dared to explore uncharted areas through time and space—any of whom might make a worthy namesake for your own little adventurous girl.

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snow baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz/Nameberry

Our friends over at Today Parents asked us to write about names for babies born during the massive blizzard in the Northeast US this week.  If you’re expecting a baby during the current Snowpocalypse – or are just thinking you might put those snow days to good use in trying for one – you may want to find baby naming inspiration in one of these snow-themed choices.  

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