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Notable Names of July

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By Megan at TulipByAnyName

We’re just about to enter the month of July, and that means hot summer days, backyard barbecues, vacations, and the celebration of Independence Day. July is filled with name inspiration, from a beautiful red birthstone, to some great historic namesakes.

Ruby – The vibrant red birthstone for July, Ruby is a Latin name, derived from the word rubeus, meaning red. Ruby is climbing the charts, currently at #Number 90– it hasn’t been this popular since 1944. Ruby may remind you of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American girl to attend an all white school, or the song Ruby Tuesday, by the Rolling Stones. Many celebrities, including Rod Stewart and Tobey Maguire, have used this charming vintage name for their daughters.

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Easter baby names

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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Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

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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