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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Let’s say you’re naming a son.

You’re a buttoned-up kind of family, and the classics seem like the right route.

The only problem?

Your nephew is James, your favorite cousin is expecting a Henry, and William is your BFF’s #1 choice.  Charles was a frontrunner, except there’s already a little Charlie two doors down – and she’s a girl.

What’s a parent to do?  Go further back, of course.

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seusss

By Laura Miller Brennan

Say

Look at our bookshelves!

One, two three…

How many Seuss books

Do I see?

How can it be that our family owns only eight of his classics, not counting poetry within other children’s anthologies or the duplicate, dog-eared copies of The Cat in The Hat?  He wrote 40+ books in his lifetime, and the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel is ingrained in the English lexicon.  Still, we take Dr. Seuss’ contributions for granted ‘ever so muchly’ that most of us pronounce his name incorrectly.  Geisel’s mother’s German maiden name Seuss actually rhymes with “voice”, not “use” (as in, “the Simplest Seuss for youngest use”).  It’s rumored that he didn’t mind, due to the sound-alike quality of ‘Seuss’ to children’s author Mother Goose.  In any case, the ultimate Seuss-ism could be naming one’s child in homage to him.  Here is a nearly-exhaustive list of Seuss names…

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preppie

By Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

There’s something about a name that ends with the letter s.

They’re preppy.  Sometimes they sound plural or possessive.  But they’re also fresh.  In our age of Aiden and Asher, we’re not expecting to meet a kiddo with an s ending name.

I’m not necessarily talking about Charles, Linus, Thomas, Marcus, Atticus, or Louis, though some of those names feel very current in 2013.

Choices like Williams, Roberts, and Evans are too close to common first names to exactly fit the style, either.

Instead, I’m thinking of names like the jazzy, literary Miles.  There are more of them than you might guess:

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