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Unusual Baby Names: What’s your favorite?

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I was looking at the names similar to Pixie the other day — y’know, just to pass the time — and I thought: Wow, there’s an unusual collection of names.  From Alala to Kitto, Spartacus to Whimsy, there wasn’t a common name in the bunch.

Which got me thinking about how most people say they like unusual names, but do they really?  Which unusual, unique, rare, uncommon baby names would people say they liked best?

Which led me, of course, to this Question of the Week.

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unisex names

A lot of people complain about unisex names.

Names like Riley and Rory, they say — never mind Maxwell or James — should never be used for girls.  Those are boys’ names, and should stay on the boys’ side of the fence.

And then there are those people who campaign for names such as Ashley and Evelyn to be repossessed by the boys from the girls.

Other says that word names and place names such as Halcyon and Havana have no intrinsic gender and so are equally appropriate for girls and boys.

We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders.  Please name names and let us know why you think  your choices go both ways with the most grace.

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When Did You Name Your Baby?

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We were talking to a new mother the other day who said she waited until her son was born to make a final decision on his name.

Another parent at the table gasped in horror: Just as she’d had the nursery decorated, the layette laid in, and the car seat installed, she’d felt compelled to have the name choice prepared well in advance of the birth.

And then yet another parent confessed that he and his wife had chosen a name only when the hospital demanded that the birth certificate be finalized, well after the birth, while another dad said he’d discussed names with his wife on their first date!

When did you decide on your baby’s name?  Before or after the birth?  Maybe before you were even expecting?

If you’re expecting now or if children are still far in your future, when do you think you’ll make the big decision?

And how did the timing of your name decision play out?  If you waited, do you think that helped clarify things or did it add to the pressure?  If you chose early, did that make you feel more secure during your pregnancy or only lead to too much second-guessing?

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Brand New Baby Names!

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It’s time to nominate brand new baby names to add to the Nameberry database!

What baby names have you discovered or heard that you believe belong on our site?

Please make your nominations here, and tell us all you can about the name: Where you found it, what it means, any details you know on history and origin, plus why you think it should be on Nameberry.

Names from other cultures, ancient names that deserve to be revived, along with place names or surnames or word names or pure inventions are all welcome.

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Name Your “Similar Names” Family

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A little while back our question of the week asked berries to name their own Name Ticker family, choosing only from names in the name ticker at any given moment. It was a big success and a lot of fun with some truly fascinating results.

So continuing on that theme, today we’re asking you to name a family using only the names found on the Similar Names page of any name you choose.

I was inspired to ask this question by the Similar Names page for Eulalia, here.   So many great choices!  I might create a family of two girls and two boys named Eulalia and Corisande, Booker and Cyrus.  Or I might go a bit more exotic and choose Aviva and Kamala, Dmitri and Vladimir.

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