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Category: Questions of the Week

pet names

A question over in the forums about naming vehicles inspired this week’s Question of the Week: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever named?

A car or a cabin?

A dog or a cat….or maybe a pet rat, snake, or lizard? Or maybe you named the squirrels who regularly raid your bird feeder, or the little orange lizards you used to catch and race when you were a kid.

A doll or a stuffed animal? A fictional character, or a body part?

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What name do you just not get?

baby names

Maybe it’s a name that’s zoomed to the top of the popularity charts, but you just don’t get why so many people are rushing to use it.

Or maybe it’s a name that people whose taste you respect — hello, fellow berries! — adore, but you just don’t get the appeal.

Or the thing you don’t get might be why more people don’t like or use a name you find lovely.

Or maybe you don’t get why so many parents are naming their daughters Elliot or their sons Finnegan or Finley instead of Finn.

So what name do you just not get, and why?

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What Names Do YOU Think Are Cool?

Photo by Georgia Brizuela

As the authors of a book called, ahem, Cool Names for Babies, we have put ourselves in the position of being the arbiters of coolness when it comes to baby names.

Which is a very hard thing to define.  In the book, we deal with the question by pointing out, quite rightly, that there are many different kinds of cool baby names.  There are vintage cool names and newly-minted names that many consider cool, there are the names of undeniably cool heroes such as Abraham Lincoln or Booker T. Washington and there are the names of cool literary or film characters.

On Twitter recently, we pointed out a name whose sound to us was undeniably cool — Domino — and the single response was someone saying: Um….nope.

So now we’re turning it back on you.  What names do YOU think are cool?  And why?

Photo by the ever-fabulous Georgia Brizuela of Documenting Delight

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Where’d You Get That Name, Baby?

family names

Today’s Question of the Week is about naming a baby after an older relative or friend or hero.

Did you name your baby after someone in your family — grandparent, great-grandparent, long-ago ancestor, or maybe even yourself?

Or did you give your baby the name of a beloved teacher or maybe even a political hero like Lincoln or fictional heroine like Jane Eyre?

Or would you choose an honorific as a name for your yet-unborn baby, and if so, which one and why?

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Love-Monster

Over on the message boards, Yael asks: What’s your strangest, craziest name crush?

We love this question — thanks, Yael! — and so we’re opening it to the wider group.

What name do you love that just doesn’t make sense?  What weird and wonderful name speaks to your heart, even when your mind says no no no?

Can you make any sense of your wacky name crush?  Or would you just blame baby name craziness?

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