Category: baby name Amy

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

When you think of all the wonderful words that start with the syllable am—amiable, amorous, amity, amazing, amusing, ambitious—you can see that giving a child a name with this beginning element might give him or her a terrific head start. And if you’re up on your Latin, you’ll know that a lot of these girls’ baby names have love in their meaning.

AMABELThe enchanting mother name of Mabel and predecessor of Anabel means ‘lovable’ and goes back several centuries—it was very popular in the Middle Ages– and would make a charming choice for anyone looking for a distinctive ‘bel’ name.

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Baby Name Remorse: A Name Nerd’s Apology

Baby name remorse

By Abby Sandel

When it comes to naming, plenty of new parents hesitate. “What if she hates her name?” they ask.

We name strangers. There is an excellent chance that your child will find his name too ordinary/too weird/too traditional/too crunchy/too hard to spell/too something at some point.

But I am here to tell you that even if this happens – if your child so thoroughly dislikes the name you choose that she pursues a legal name change – you have not failed.

I’m one of those kids, one who disliked her name at five and 15 and 25, until I legally changed it as an adult.

My mother’s name is long, lovely, unusual. A family name dictated by custom. My given name is a rebellion against all that. Short, simple, very common. Easy to say and spell.

It turns out that I was meant to have her name; and she, mine.

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Hot Baby Names: What’s news this week

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What names are attracting the most buzz right now?  Baby Name News columnist Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain keeps her ears open for this week’s hot baby names.

I’ll admit it.  I’m name-obsessed.  When I’m handed a business card, I have to stifle the impulse to ask about the middle initial.  (Is that D for David or Dennison – or Danger?)  My loved ones have long understood that they cannot call to report that so-and-so had the baby without also sharing the child’s given name.  I eavesdrop.  I ask.  Rarely is there a waking hour in which the topic does not cross my mind.

And yet, we name nerds mostly travel through the world in anonymity.  Sure, our closest friends know that we’ll have something to say about every choice, whether the newborn in question is Harper Seven Beckham or the little boy down the street.

But there’s never a good time to reveal that you’ve been quietly judging, and so being outed is always the tiniest bit awkward.  It happened to me earlier this week, with someone I’ve known for only a few months.  Her first question – well, what do you think of my kid’s name?

Never have I been so grateful that she had chosen the sparky, stylish Milo long before we’d met.

Here are my nine picks for the most newsworthy hot baby names this week:

Amy – The new Christina Applegate/Will Arnett/Maya Rudolph sitcom Up All Night, billed as a “modern take on parenting,” debuts in a few weeks.  Since all the stars are the parents of nicely-named youngsters themselves, I expected that the fictional daughter of Applegate and Arnett would have a great name.  Piper, maybe.  Or Adelaide.  I watched the previews, listening and listening, not believing what I was hearing.  Amy?  The name that was second only to Jennifer in the 1970s?  The name of Will’s real-life wife?  Others have pointed out that Amy isn’t so outlandish.  She’s a logical nickname for the popular vintage choice Amelia, and feels at home with favorites like Zoe and Mia.  She’s been falling since 1977.  Could the show reverse her fortunes?

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