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We couldn’t resist this question on the forums: Which names do you wish you were brave enough to use?

Names you love….except nobody else does?

Names that are cool….but maybe a little too quirky?

Lovely literary names….with dark stories behind them?

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What Names Are Ripe for Revival?

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You know who are the biggest berries of all?  That’s right, me and LindaEven if we didn’t work here, we’d probably spend all our time obsessively tooling around the site.

And though we wrote all the name entries ourselves, we’re constantly re-encountering names that we maybe kinda forgot existed and now appreciate anew.  Wow, we think.  That’s a cool one.  Wonder if it will ever come back?

This just happened to me with the name Cyrilla.  The boys’ equivalent Cyril is handsome if a bit effete for the modern world, though it may get rediscovered thanks to the revival of the similar Cyrus and Silas. But what about Cyrilla? That’s a cool old name that’s at once exotic and familiar, highly unusual — there were NO girls named Cyrilla recorded on the most recent Social Security list — yet not invented. Besides being the feminine form of the Latin Cyril, it’s also a botanical name for flowering plant found throughout the tropics.

So I nominate Cyrilla as a name that’s ripe for revival. What are some old names you think might become new again?

Photo of antique doll from Kathy Libraty’s Antiques at Ruby Lane.

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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?

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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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