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By Abby Sandel

It was a week chock full of birth announcements. Some weeks it feels like classic baby names carry the day. Other times, creativity reigns.

But sometimes – maybe most of the time – it’s a mix.

This week’s baby names in the news were definitely an eclectic bunch. From vintage choices to new-to-me names, many of this week’s high profile birth announcements made for surprising choices.

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Give Atticus’ Parents A Break

baby name Atticus

By Meghan Daum

Normally I’m all for making fun of parents who, by dint of ZIP Code or number of tattoos, fall into the hipster category and assert their nonconformity by giving their kids names that, once upon a time, were considered best suited for pets. Hang around a playground in Silver Lake or Brooklyn‘s Park Slope and you’ll hear enough calls of “Roscoe!” and “Lulu!” to think you’ve accidentally wandered into the dog park.

Still, I say we stop piling on parents who named their kids Atticus.

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Theatrical Baby Names

Theatrical names

Are you a theater-lover? If so, you might want to think about adding a little drama to your baby name search by considering the names of some great playwrights—with particularly great names? Here are a dozen mostly firsts, plus a few surnames, worth looking at. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Notable Names for October

Notable Names for October

 by Meagan at Tulipbyanyname

October brings us crisp fall days, pumpkin-spiced treats, and a potpourri of notable names.   From classic choices like Lucy and Theodore, to the rising gems Rowan and Lennon, October delivers great baby name inspiration.

LucyThe wildly popular TV sitcom I Love Lucy premiered on October 15, 1951. Lucy, a name often associated with the star of the show, LucilleLucy” Ball, has steadily been rising in popularity. It’s now Number 62 in the US, 8 in Scotland, and 14 on Nameberry. There’s a lot to love about this timeless English name, meaning light.

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Playing the Harry Potter Name Game

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By Emily Cardoza

As a bookworm, I find that some of the most fun in reading comes after I finish the book – imagining the characters’ worlds, thinking up possible new storylines – and even new names! I’ve been giving the name treatment to a few works of fiction in my Literary Names series on Nothing Like a Name. My last post for Nameberry, New Names for The Secret Garden, prompted a couple of requests to give the same treatment to Harry Potter characters. But since the cast is so enormous, I’ve decided to try it out with just a select subset – the Defense Against the Dark Arts professors.

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