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Literary Baby Names: Wilde Ones, Part 2

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Importance of Being Earnest

By Emily Cardoza

There is no play that illustrates the biting wit of Oscar Wilde better than The Importance of Being Earnest. And with a pun on names central to the plot, how could I miss the chance to make it my newest installment of Literary Names, in which I play the game of finding substitutes for the character names?

Let’s begin!

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New Starbabies Born in October

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How does she do it? Once again, CaraMichelle has managed to unearth the names of a prodigious number of celebrity births.

Both Deschanel sisters gave birth in October, but it was Zooey‘s name choice, Elsie Otter, that attracted the most attention—particularly the middle name, which was seen, for the most part, as an adorable new animal option. Another high-powered celeb, Carey Mulligan, picked the more classic Evelyn Grace, while Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick went the cut-to-the-nickname route with Hank.

A couple of interesting sibsets: Halo, Heaven and Harmony, and Scout and Sailor. But the most unique prize has to go to baby boy Xess Xava.

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silent actress names

By Bree Ogle 

In the first third of the 20th century, movies began to take hold in America and Europe. Although theatre was still prominent (and movie actors and actresses were considered ‘lowly’ by theatre people), the birth of the “star” only truly came about when motion pictures became popular. Today I’m looking at the female stars of those silent screen days.

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Long, Lovely Names for Girls

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By Abby Sandel

Earlier this week, Mike Myers and wife Kelly Tisdale welcomed a new daughter, a sister for Spike Alan and Sunday Molly. Their older kids’ names are bold, unconventional choices, but they went a different direction for their newest arrival: Paulina.

It might be a departure for the Myers family, but it’s in step with many of the names that we love for girls today. Sophia is popular the world over. Olivia and Isabella are Top Ten favorites in the US, and names like Arabella, Ariana, and Valentina are stylish, too.

Could Paulina be part of the next wave of long, lovely, romantic names for girls? And if so, what are some of the other up-and-coming names that could also catch on?

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November names

By Meagan at TulipByAnyName

November is a festive month brimming with holidays. Many countries will celebrate Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, and All Souls Day. Let’s look at historical events and notable birthdays of past November’s for name inspiration.

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