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Lunar Chronicles Names: Cinder and Scarlet

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella.

There’s a wicked stepmother and a prince. During the royal ball, a glass slipper is lost, left behind by a mysterious girl who vanishes into the night.

Retellings galore have updated and twisted the tale. Hilary Duff turned it into a teen movie, with Chad Michael Murray as Prince Charming. Drew Barrymore made a version that mixed in Leonardo da Vinci.

Now Marissa Meyer has written a completely different Cinderella story, transporting her from a castle-filled past to the city of New Beijing, in an indefinite – and rather terrifying – future.   There’s plague and the threat of war, but happily, her Cinderella will become a true heroine.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Poor Princess Kate.

Not only is she suffering from serious morning sickness with Baby #2, everyone from late night talk show hosts to gossip columnists worldwide is busy speculating on her due date, whether #2 will be a princess or a prince, and, of course, what they’ll name the newest royal.

Naming any boy – whether he’s coming home to a castle or a condo – can become a battle between tradition and fresh starts.

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Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names?  You betcha.  First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.

Here are some who have had a perceivable influence in making their lad names more acceptable for ladies.

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August Starbabies: Ophelia and Saint Laszlo

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By CaraMichelle

This month saw some high-profile baby name announcements, like those of Scarlett Johansson and Savannah Guthrie, and also such surprising choices as Saint Laszlo and Kiki-Kate.  Rocker Dave Grohl chose the Shakespearean Ophelia for his third daughter, following more conventional choices, and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff pulled a gender switch when she named her daughter Bowie Lou.

Here’s CaraMichelle’s full roster of starbabies born in August:

Girls:

Adalynn Grace (Peyton and Patience Siva)

Aitana, sister of Ashlin, Vadhir, and Eduardo (Eugenio Derbez and Alessandra Rosaldo)

Amelia Blair (Derek and Mallory Anderson)

Ava Grace (Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre)

Bowie Lou, sister of Luca (Rebecca Minkoff and Gavin Bellour)

Harper, sister of Dylan (f) (Kristy Hinze-Clark and Jim Clark)

Kiki-Kate, sister of Lola-Lily (Nicolette van Dam and Bas Smit)

Linnea Dori (Alysia and Louis Montano)

London Rose, sister of Jackson and Etta (Carson Daly and Siri Pinter)

Lucy Fitzgerald (Peter and Julie Frates)

Mae (Kate Ritchie and Stuart Webb)

Marlowe Mae (Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino)

Milla Jane Maree (Jake Stringer and Abby Gilmore)

Ophelia Saint, sister of Violet and Harper (Dave Grohl and Jordan Blum)

Rose Dorothy (Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac)

Rylen Judith, sister of Baylen, Bowen, and Callen (Drew and Brittany Brees)

Summer Rain, sister of Max (Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler)

Vale Esme (Graeme and Kristin McDowell)

Vale Guthrie (Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman)

Zelda Rose (Liam McMullan and Virginia Chambers)

Boys:

Archer Grason (Dan and Marni Ewing)

August Louis, brother of Avalon and Nixon (Sami Muirhead and Sam Bohner)

Eddie (Nick Knowles and Jessica Rose Moor)

Eli Andrew, brother of Lily (Gareth David-Lloyd and Gemma James)

Greyson Ellis (Brandon and Haylee Belt)

Isaac Joseph, brother of Felix and Eli (Fiona O’Carroll and Martin Delany)

Joaquin Enriquez (Peter and Allision Quillin)

Kingman (Baron Davis and Isabella Brewster)

Max (Michelle Doherty and Mark O’Shea)

Megaa Omari (Omarion and Apryl Jones)

Milo (Residente and Soledad Fandino)

Omré (Oritsé Williams and AJ Azari)

Saint Laszlo, brother of Bronx (Pete Wentz and Meagan Camper)

Zed (Fann Wong and Christopher Lee)

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

The good news about naming a girl: the options are limitless.

The bad news about naming a girl: the options?  Limitless!  How do you choose?

In the US, around two-thirds of all newborn girls are given a Top 1000 name.  We play it safe with our sons, with 79% – nearly four out of five – parents sticking with something in the Top 1000.  Sure, Cortez, Kamdyn, and Garrison are included in that Top 1000 definition of safe – but they’re not nearly as out-there as some of the rarities given to girls.

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