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The Other Royal Baby Names

European royal names

By Abby Sandel

How do you name a future monarch?  The world is waiting to meet the newest member of the House of Windsor, but many a ruling family of Europe has welcomed a new addition in recent years.

Tradition clearly carries the day when royals go looking for baby names. But the times they are a changin’, and there are signs that even princes like to keep it simple. Gone are the long strings of five, six, or more given names. Even Prince George Alexander Louis, future King of England, has just three names total.

And yet the names that rule in Europe are an intriguing mix of classic and quirky, from the enduring Mary, Marie, and Maria to the intriguing Badouin and Ivalo.

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A name for Roxanne’s baby brother?

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Welcome back to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, I answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. And here’s the best part: we’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. The world needs more nicely named children, berries! Want to see your question featured? Please email namesage@nameberry.com.

Molli and her husband are expecting their second child, a brother for Roxanne Alice, called Roxi.

They’re looking for a name that is:

  • Definitely not in the US Top 100, and probably not in the US Top 300.
  • But not so uncommon that the name is completely out there!
  • Clearly a boy’s name, so no Emerson, Rowan, etc.

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March babyberries

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Some wonderful choices this month, including interesting first and middle combos, and some great sibsets (I think may favorite has to be Lilith, joining the imaginative Kodiak, Lace, Willow and Jude.)

Two pretty incredible late-listed pairs of twins, one for each gender:

Elowen Iris & Tallulah Dove

Camus Rafael & Kipling Angelo

Also of special interest is the fact of two Ezras on the list. This biblical boy name is getting a lot of buzz—it jumped 40+ places this year to its highest point ever, Number 143. And several girls with middle names from nature–Iris, Violet, Dove, Ivy, Pearl and Rose.

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How to Name a Large Family

naming large families

By Kate at Sancta Nomina (Katherine Morna Towne)

Whether you’re planning on it (Duggar) or it takes you by surprise (Gosselin), having a big family means choosing a lot of names. Naming with care can help with everything from reducing the possibility of you having name regret, to staving off your children’s dissatisfaction with their given names, to minimizing the craziness others will inevitably tag you with. (Maybe.)

Be forward thinking

You have a plan for your parenthood, and it doesn’t include having a big family. Maybe you’re going to have two children, and their names are both going to start with K, or they’re going to be named after your two favorite Olympic speed skaters. Then life happens—you marry a guy who really wants ten children and two just doesn’t seem like the right compromise, or you find yourself unexpectedly expecting triplets.

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February birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

February—a short month, so not as quite as many great babyberry announcements as usual, but what they lack in number they make up for in their full share of originality and charm, including first names, first and middle combos and sibsets.

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