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For her Nameberry Nine this week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel  combs the celebrity pages in search of interesting choices.

My week has been defined by two failures: first, I have not managed to see the big screen adaptation of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  I’m not anticipating cinematic greatness, but I’m willing to sit through ninety minutes of movie for a few minutes’ worth of baby name talk.  There must be at least a dozen infants in the flick!  And yet, I know the names of not a single one.

Failure the second: I devoured A Discovery of Witches instead of saving it for my four-hour airplane trip later this week.  Yes, it is a supernatural romance featuring vampires.  No, it is not TwilightDeborah E. Harkness slips in a few seriously killer lines about given names, so that made up for my lack of a rom-com baby name fix.

Happily, it was also a week packed with lots of new arrivals, plenty of them with newsworthy names.  And yes, both Witches and Expecting managed to rank among the most intriguing appellations, too.

As May draws to a close, here are the Nameberry nine baby names most in the news last week:

Ysabeau – Okay, A Discovery of Witches has been on the bestsellers list for months, but with the sequel set for a July release, maybe Ysabeau will get some more press.  The main witch is Diana, and her love interest is MatthewYsabeau – a medieval forerunner of Elizabeth – is Matthew’s ancient vampire maman.  Her full, and fabulously French name is Genevieve Melisande Helene Ysabeau.

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