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By Brooke Cussans of Baby Name Pondering

Fresh is a term that is often bandied about in the name world. It’s used when parents are looking for a rarely heard, “fresh” new name, when we are “tweaking” a popular favorite to give it a “fresh” feel, or for forgotten gems that are being polished off and given a “fresh” lease on life. And often when we think fresh we think of mint. So why not combine the two? Here’s a selection of some minty fresh names to get you thinking.

Araminta - Love Arabella, but not the inevitable nickname Bella, which would also be shared with all those Isabella‘s out there? Then how about Araminta? Different but not too different, and bursting with old fashioned charm.

Eminta/Aminta - Araminta is thought to come from Aminta, a Greek name meaning ‘defender, vindicator’. It’s sleeker than Araminta, more modern looking and almost regal sounding. The Eminta spelling is also a great option.

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For the Nameberry 9 this week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel walks us  through the flower-name garden and shares some celebrity news.

Earlier this week, Nameberry explored the unexpected middle names of some very famous figures.  Who knew that Hugh Grant wore the middle name Mungo, or that Charlie Sheen had Irwin in the middle spot?

Here in Washington DC, I’m convinced that while we’re quite daring with our children’s given names, every single girl is sharing the same middle: Rose.  I’d rather see Rose in the first spot, like Charlotte’s younger daughter in the Sex in the City series.  But Rose came in at a frosty #337 in the 2010 rankings.  You’re more likely to meet a girl called Esmeralda, Fatima, or Leilani.

What explains the rise of a suddenly-everywhere middle name?  Yes, many of us have grandmothers named Rose.  But we also have grandmothers named Jean, Joan, and Ruth, and those names aren’t nearly as popular.  At a recent baby shower, the guest-of-honor had chosen Rose for a daughter’s middle name.  So had the other expectant mom in the room, and one of the brand new parents had already named her daughter Amelie Rose.

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Celebrity baby names are in the spotlight this week in Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel’s Nameberrty Nine round-up .

The Sundance Film Festival just wrapped up in Utah yesterday.  Indie films are a great resource for unexpected baby names – they’re inventive, original, often rich with significance, and yet they’re usually not blockbusters.  Choosing a name from a great but somewhat obscure movie is different than calling your daughter Neytiri or your son Anakin – there’s less instant, unavoidable connection to the character.

Last week also brought us a string of celebrity birth announcements too intriguing to ignore.  A handful of Sundance-inspired appellations, like Merrily, Beatrice, Clarke, Spring, and Beau, exited the list to make room for a few newsworthy baby names.

Let’s start with a few from the Festival:

TulipCatherine Zeta-Jones’ character in upcoming crime caper Lay the Favorite answers to this botanical rarity.  Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell used it as an extra middle for their daughter Charlie Tamara Tulip.  She shares the same vowel sound as Ruby and LucyWill we start to see Tulip in bloom?

Zibby – The youngest Olsen sister, Elizabeth, plays Zibby in coming-of-age flick Liberal Arts.  Surely it isn’t the character’s given name.  Maybe Zibby is a creative short form of Elizabeth, or it could be a novel nickname for Isabella.

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