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Baby Name Inspiration: Naia, Noa, and Jett

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The Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

Royals are out, television characters are in.

No, that’s not it.

Celebrities are out.  Family names are in.

As we look back at baby name news from 2013 and ponder what’s to come in 2014, it is tempting to wrap it all up in a few sentences.  But names are as diverse as the children who wear them.

Baby naming in our age is creative, and we’re welcome to find inspiration anywhere, borrowing and reinventing until we find the perfect name.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Hot off the press–here’s our round-up of the newest babyberries who were entered on the Nameberry Birth Announcement forum in the month of November, 2013– along with some of the more illuminating comments by their parents.

No multiples this month, and no repeated names, but more than the usual quota of imaginative choices, awesome first and middle name combos, and great sibsets.

In November, a preponderance of M-starting girls and A-starting boys, and such stand-out little guys as Rowdy, Huckleberry and Job.

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The Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

Do you celebrate your name day?

While the idea is little known in the US, many cultures prefer name days to birthdays.  The idea is simple: instead of celebrating your day of birth, you and every other Margaret or Joseph or Andrew are feted on the same day.

The custom has its origins in saints’ feast days, but plenty of non-saintly names exist on national calendars.  Wanda is a legendary figure in Poland, so no surprise she has a name day there, along with other Slavic staples like Bogdan, Dobromir, and Grazyna.

Some parents look to these calendars for baby naming inspiration.  Born on March 17th?  Patrick is a nice name.

Word is that Facebook is now encouraging users to add their name day celebrations to their profiles.  Americans love a holiday, from Halloween to Cinco de Mayo.  Could name days catch on here?

I’m in favor.  Double the reasons for cupcakes!

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Since our last Quarterly Report grew to be so huge and unwieldy, with its unfortunate share of troll challenges, we’ve decided to try sectioning it into more manageable monthly reports instead.  Remember that these are the names reported on the Nameberry Birth Announcement forum–not necessarily born–during the month of October, and only to Berries–not including nephews, nieces or neighbors–no matter how adorably named they might be.

This time around we’ve added some comments by the original poster and other berries that we thought you would find interesting.

Just one set of twins to report: the lovely Vivienne Gray and Philippa Winter. And only one double listing–the glamorous girls’  name Greta.

Most unusual first: Oslo; Most unusual middle: Honesty

Girls

Alice Ann

Alicie Marie

Annika Rosealine, sister of Claudia Vivian

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