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By Abby Sandel, Appelation Mountain

Between Kendra and Ciara, it was a busy week in the world of out-there celebrity baby names.

Both new arrivals names’ are definitely distinctive, and at first glance, it might seem that they wouldn’t have much impact on what the rest of us name our children.

But high profile birth announcements – even the most extreme examples – do change the way that we think about possible names, often for the better.

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What name would change your life?

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If my name was Vesper, would I be dating James Bond?

It seems like a pretty fair bet that I would have a more glamourous life than I do now, one that involved, I don’t know, lots of evenings (Vesper means “evening’!) at nightclubs and zooming around European locales on Vespa motor scooters.

Or is that just an illusion?  Would I still be myself, whether my name was the straightforward Pam or the glamourous Vesper, the peppy Pippa or the sophisticated Sophia, would I still be the same person?

Do you think a name can have the power to change your life, and if so, what name do you think could change YOURS?  And how and why?

(Sorry, but Vesper is mine.)

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Happy Valentine’s Day, dear Berries!

And beyond celebrating Valentine’s Day baby names, let’s get expansive and salute the whole wide-ranging rise of its initial letter, ‘V.’

If consonants can be said to have personalities, then it wasn’t so long ago that the letter V was seen as more venerable—even fusty– than vivacious. Velma, Vera and Verna; Vernon, Victor and Vincent, all made our original ‘So Far Out They’ll Always Be Out’ list.  But as Pam and I have learned all too well since then—never say the words never or always.

The changes have been gradual since we wrote that, but there were two celebrity events that had a significant effect on V-baby names:  the naming of Violet Affleck in 2005, and then of one of the Jolie-Pitt twins Vivienne three years later.  Now there are a myriad of V-starting names popping both in and out of the celebrisphere.

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The 12 Best Bond Girl Names

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Already a gigantic hit in the UK, the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, is about to explode onto movie screens in this country. In the series’ 50-year history, its suave hero, 007– played by six actors, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig– has encountered scores of devious villains and even more luscious ladies, some originating in the Ian Fleming novels, others created for the screen. The Bond Girls had names ranging from the ridiculous (Pussy, Kissy, Plenty, Trigger) to the sublime. Here are Nameberry’s picks for the most sublime.

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