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by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

Congrats to Kim and Kanye on the arrival of their daughter!  There’s been no name announcement as of Sunday night.  Is the couple still deciding, or have they realized that delaying the name announcement can generate twice the headlines?

Let’s give the famous duo the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’re still deliberating.  If Kimye is stumped, they’re not the first parents to find themselves uncertain about The Name.

Could they be stuck because they’ve limited themselves to K names?  Or have they fallen for a choice that doesn’t start with K and fret that breaking with the family tradition might cause problems?

While we wait to learn the name of the newest member of the Kardashian family, let’s check out the other baby names in the news this week:

Poppy – Speaking of delayed baby name announcements, Stephen Moyer finally revealed the names of his twins with Anna Paquin.  Daughter Poppy’s name is popular throughout much of the English-speaking world, but rare in English.  It’s also a nice connection to Lilac, Stephen’s daughter from a previous relationship.

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This week, Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain finds lots of family ties in the names in the news.

The big trend in baby name news this week?  It has to be borrowing a name from your family tree.

Once upon a time, it might have been expected that your firstborn son was a junior, or maybe shared his name with grandpa.  In other places, family surnames were handed down along with the silver. 

These days, there’s less pressure than ever to choose heirloom names.  And yet we’re still inclined to honor our loved ones.

Other parents aren’t passing down family names, but they are coordinating their children’s names.  Sometimes it is a shared first initial; other times, the theme is more subtle.

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With this week’s Nameberry 9, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel shows how it’s possible to add new spark to classic names.

I love an unexpected nickname, and it is a delight when parents choose classic baby names with spark.  This week’s name news was filled with great examples.

The Bush family is big on passing down heirlooms, from father to son, but also across generations.  Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager wears her maternal grandmother’s name, and upheld that tradition with her new arrival. 

But Jenna went one step further: she figured out a clever way to use both grandmothers’ names while adding an on-trend nickname that gives the new baby an identity all her own.

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Nicknames: Love ‘em or loathe ‘em?

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Most baby namers have strong feelings about nicknames–pro or con– liking them on their own, liking them as short/pet forms, or wanting to avoid them altogether.

The question of the week is: Where do you stand on nicknames?

  • Would you put a nickname name like Gracie or Charlie on your child’s birth certificate??
  • Would you choose a name as a path to a nickname you like?
  • Would you avoid a name because you don’t like its obvious nickname? 
  • Would you insist (or try to) on your child always being called by his full name?

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