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brave new world names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

The way we name boys is changing, and that’s a good thing.

For years, parents played it safe when naming their sons.  We were more likely to pass down family names, and less likely to choose something really different or novel.

Why? Maybe we worried that boys were more likely to be teased for a different name.  Or maybe we applied the Supreme Court Justice test more strictly to our boys than our girls.

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reclaimed boys names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Girls have been borrowing from boys’ names for generations. Shirley and Ashley were once more common for men. Ditto Madison, Avery, and Harper.

It’s easy to fume about name theft. After all, conventional wisdom is that once a name is widely used for our daughters, it cannot be given to our sons.

The truth is messier. Consider:

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celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Imagine you’re famous.

And expecting.

Whether you’re an Oscar-nominated actress or a reality show contestant who was voted out after a few episodes, you have two choices to make when it comes to your child’s name: the name itself, of course, and how to share it with the world.

Or make that if you’ll share it with the world.  Plenty of celebrities Tweet or Instagram their good news, or announce it through a publicist.  But then there are those who just don’t share.

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Great Baby Names from New Movies

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movie names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

The holiday movie season is always busy, from family-friendly flicks to serious Oscar-worthy dramas.

New movies mean new potential baby names.  Don’t believe me?  A year ago, we were all queuing up to see the latest Disney animated feature, starring a snow queen with a name that you might have heard ‘round Nameberry in the past twelve months: Elsa.

So let’s go to the movies, and check out the best names on the big screen this winter.  From quiet indie flicks to big budget blockbusters, inspiration is as plentiful as the popcorn.

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bimper crop babies

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Berries, we are ending the year with a bang!

After a few weeks of relative quiet in the celebrity baby name sphere, birth announcements were everywhere last week.  The names ranged from vintage to modern, mythological to meaningful.  But none of them played it (too) safe.

A few of these are interesting enough to make me rethink my favorite baby names of 2014 … but let’s wait until December 31st to revise that post, since there could still be some great names in the next few weeks!

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