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In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating some of the celebrity moms who became new parents in the year since last Mother’s Day, some for the first time, others not. These are the ones we think most successfully negotiated the turbulent waters between cool and cuckoo.

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The Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

Don’t you love a good baby name controversy?

If you’re in the UK, ITV’s This Morning provided a delicious one last week. The show is exactly what the name implies – a morning talk program with chatter and discussion about current topics, something like The View.

Co-host Holly Willoughby recently introduced the topic of baby names. Guest Katie Hopkins – a reality show villain turned media personality – went on a rant about the names that she dislikes, adding that her children aren’t allowed to play with kids with certain kinds of names.

Hopkins was dismissive of lots of choices, including geographic ones – despite the fact that her daughter is called India. (“It’s not related to a location,” she protested.) Her other children are Poppy and Maximillian.

Another panelist characterized Hopkins as cruel and snooty. I’m inclined to agree. And yet one thing she said struck a chord. She characterized names as shortcuts.

I’m afraid that might be uncomfortably close to the truth.

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This week for her Nameberry 9, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks back at 1980’s baby names and finds that the glam rock stars of that era are still having an impact on naming today.

Conventional wisdom says that parents are willing to take risks with their daughters’ names, but turn conservative as soon as they hear the words “It’s a boy!”

There’s some truth to that, and yet I know more and  more little fellows with daring names.  The US Top 100 bears this out, too, from Noah to Jayden to Chase, all names that sound mainstream today, but violate some of the traditional norms of naming boys.

I think I might have landed on one of the reasons this week: 80s glam metal.

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Since comics first appeared over a century ago, their creators have been as inventive with character names as they have with innovative graphics and storylines, finding exotic names for their femmes fatale, comical names for humorous characters, perky names for pigtailed adolescents and noble names for high-flying heroes. Here are a dozen of the most interesting.

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Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks at nine of the most unusual names to hit the headlines this week.

Suggest almost any name in nearly any setting – message board, moms’ group, casual gathering of friends – and someone will almost certainly snort, and tell you that naming your child Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden will lead to a lifetime of misery.  The person making that dire prediction will, of course, not realize that every kid these days is named Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden.

Suggest a name that is truly out of the ordinary – Cedar or Gideon or Airlie – and the comments can be even harsher, predicting dire consequences like playground shunnings and an inability to find employment as a surgeon and/or district attorney.

Is it cruel to choose unusual names for a child?  I’m confident that the answer is no – but a few of this week’s most captivating names raised the question.

Ace – As in the playing card and the tennis term, but in this case, borrowed from a popular anime character.  Japanese fashion model Hikari Kamikawa recently gave this rather un-Japanese name to her son.  Some cried cruelty; others noted that Ace is tough to pronounce in her native language.

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