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Have you ever wondered how the bunny rabbit came to be associated with Easter and how the connection became so entrenched?  Well, it relates more to pagan folklore than Christian iconography, dating back to 13th century Germany and worship of the Teutonic deity Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility, who was honored by feasts on the Vernal Equinox.  Her symbol was the rabbit, because of the animal’s fecundity.  Which just might inspire you to consider a famous bunny’s name for your Easter baby.  These range from the classic to the comical.

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20 Great Girl Names from Song Titles

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Friends of mine are expecting baby #3.  After two nicely-named daughters, the dad told me, “If it’s a boy, we’re pretty set.  But if it’s a girl?  I’ll have to start going through my favorite song titles.”

Happily, there’s no shortage of great names for girls from popular songs.

Unlike television and movie characters, there’s not always a link between the song’s release date and the name’s heyday.

Some names are already wildly popular when the song is written.  Remember Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309” from 1981?  It was only a matter of time until someone scored a hit with the heard-everywhere Jenny in the lyrics.

Other names stick around long enough for more than one single.

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In the past we’ve commemorated Black History Month by celebrating the names of great figures in history and the civil rights struggle. This year we salute some of the notable thespians, some now sadly forgotten, who have contributed so much to the cultural fabric of this country—and of course paying particular attention to their distinctive names.

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Names like Katniss and Rainbow grab headlines.  Will anyone really name their daughter after the Hunger Games heroine?  Will Holly Madison’s little girl grow up loving her colorful name, or will she legally change it to Rachel when she turns eighteen?

Their opposites are the proven classics.  Dependable names, rich with history, like Katherine and Elizabeth, William and James.

Most of us choose something in between.  It’s the baby naming sweet spot: not as unconventional as Pilot or North, but not as limited as, say, Will and Kate’s shortlist for naming a future king.

This week’s baby name news was all about sweet spot names.  They can’t be dismissed as trendy.  The names would have been familiar one hundred years ago.  Odds are strong that they’ll still be in use in another century or two.

And even though they feature in high profile birth announcements or pop culture references, there’s no reason these names wouldn’t wear perfectly well on a child.

This week’s baby names in the news are:

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Baby Names That Mean Red

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

When I was having my first child, we had a boys’ name (Henry) picked out from the very beginning.  But when it began to occur to us eight months into the pregnancy that this baby might be a girl, we were stumped for a name.

My husband and I had very different ideas about stye in girls’ names.  Family names seem to create more problems than they solved, and so when we found a way to focus our search that we could both agree on, we were delighted.

Our mission: To find a name that meant red.  I loved the color red, my hair is reddish, and my last name is Redmond, so red incorporated a lot of potent symbols for me and helped balance the fact that our child would carry my husband’s surname.

We ended up naming our daughter Rory, but there are a lot of other wonderful names that mean red for both girls and boys.  If red is a meaning that catches fire with you, consider these scarlet-hued options:

Adam — Adam stands out on this list as a true classic boys’ name — Adam‘s meaning is “son of the red earth.”  Though a bit overused in recent years, Adam is still and forever a solid choice that remains in the Top 100.

Clancy — This Irish surname name meaning “red-haired warrior” can work for both boys and girls, but it’s got a masculine ring to us, perhaps thanks to the musical Clancy Brothers and author Tom.  Clancy is an unusual baby name for either gender, used for only 17 boys and five girls in the US in 2012.

Crimson — Love Scarlett but want a more distinctive alternative?  Then crisp and luscious Crimson might be the choice for you.  The word comes from the Old Spanish kermes, an insect whose shell created deep red dye.

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