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Should Your Baby’s Name Be A Number?

Numeric baby names

Looking for truly original inspiration for your child’s name? Forget the alphabet – start counting on numbers!

Traditionally, numeric baby names might indicate your birth order – think of brothers Primo and Secondo from 1990s movie Big Night. They also developed as nicknames for boys bearing family names, like Star Trek: Enterprise’s Trip Tucker – born Charles Tucker III.

But numeric baby names work for many reasons. They might commemorate a significant date, like your anniversary; symbolize good fortune or have spiritual meaning; or even remember a favorite athlete’s jersey number.

Here are some of the best number names, from the familiar to the unexpected. By Abby Sandel

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short and sweet baby names

Mini names are having a moment. Mia and Ava rank in the US girls’ Top Ten, and names like Max and Leo, Ian and Eli, are all popular for boys. It’s a minimalist approach to naming children, and a stylish one, too. So which little names are the next big thing? Here are the rising stars of this category, in three letters or less.

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Nameberry Picks: The Best Nature Names

nature names

Nature names have become such a huge category of baby names that it’s difficult to corral all of them – the flower names and the animal names, the tree names and the water and weather names – into one list, much less pick the dozen best. But we tried, with several nods to other favorites. Photo by Georgia Brizuela from Documenting Delight.

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By Dantea, aka Angel Thomas

Since Nameberry has done its Christmas post, I thought it would be nice to do one to represent Yule and all the pagans on this site.

Yule, or The Winter Solstice, marks the death and rebirth of the Sun-god. It also marks the vanquishing of the Holly King, the god of the Waning Year, by the Oak King, the God of the Waxing Year. The Goddess, who was Death-in-Life at Midsummer, now shows her Life-in-Death aspect. Modern Christmas celebrations are full of pagan symbology. Santa Claus is the Holly King, the sleigh is the solar chariot, the eight reindeer are the eight Sabbats– their horns representing the Horned God– the North Pole symbolizes the Land of Shadows and the dying solar year, and the gifts are meant both to welcome the Oak King as the sun reborn and as a reminder of the gift of the Holly King, who must depart for the Oak King to rule.

There are several herbs that are used to decorate the Pagan household at this time of year. We adorn doorways and mantles with evergreen boughs and  bunches of dried summer herbs. Our ancient ancestors brought an evergreen tree inside to ensure that there would be light all year round. The evergreen retains sunlight, staying green all year, and reminds us that life is forever present and renewable.

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There are certain names, like Merry and Christmas and Noel/Noelle, that scream to the world. “I’m a Yuletide baby!” One way around this, if you still want to acknowledge the season, is to pick names that are related but are also used all year round, to the extent that they’re found in the Top 500, given to babies born in July as well as December. Here are some examples—both religious and secular — that do relate to the holiday, but in a quieter voice, shown in the order of their current popularity:

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