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Comic Strip Names

By Denise Potter

For fifty years, Charlie Brown and his team of usual suspects made us laugh and learn life lessons. The last official episode of the Peanuts comic-strip appeared fourteen years ago this February. Gone but not forgotten, we’re honoring its memory with a survey of Peanuts’ most notable names. And while adorable pet names Woodstock and Snoopy will probably never translate into the baby-name scene, there are plenty of interesting choices you may have not expected, drawn from the real life of artist and creator Charles M. Schulz.

Charlie – It’s only fitting that the lovable, friendly four-year-old who stole hearts with his catchphrase “Good grief”! has the friendliest boy name. A diminutive of the German Charles, there have been lots of pop-culture Charlies over the years, from Charlie Chaplin to Charlie’s Angels, though none of them cuter than the Peanuts‘ protagonist.

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space baby names

By Laura Miller Brennan

Are you a physics whiz who daydreams of soaring through Earth’s atmosphere?  Did you meet your spouse at a screening of Black Sky: The Race for Space?  Have you ever parked on the shoulder of a freeway to watch a shuttle landing?  If so, your youngster may need an aerospace name.  Here are a few uplifting options that are more accessible than Moon Unit.

Girls:

Valentina Tereshkova:  She was the very first woman in orbit, floating aboard the Soviet capsule Vostok 6 in 1963.  Salma Hayek’s daughter has helped to re-launch this euphonious name, which is from the Latin Valens for “healthy, vigorous, strong.”

Camille Wardrop Alleyne:  Born in Trinidad, she worked as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense before rising to Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) at NASA.  The elegant Camille has the added bonus of a trendy nickname—Milla.   See also: fellow NASA leader Ginger Kerrick, who has served as Flight Director of 13 ISS missions.

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