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thanks for baby names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Later this week, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.  In simplest terms, it’s a feast, one with a very traditional menu, and a good excuse to head over the river and through the woods to see our loved ones.

But Thanksgiving is also a verb – a time to express gratitude for the best things in our lives.

How perfect, then, to read Sarah Baird’s “I Don’t Have Babies But I’m Obsessed With Baby Names” in The Atlantic earlier this week.

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baby boy names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Let’s say you’re naming a son.

You’re a buttoned-up kind of family, and the classics seem like the right route.

The only problem?

Your nephew is James, your favorite cousin is expecting a Henry, and William is your BFF’s #1 choice.  Charles was a frontrunner, except there’s already a little Charlie two doors down – and she’s a girl.

What’s a parent to do?  Go further back, of course.

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best baby names

Maybe it’s the name your sister picked for her baby.

Or a name your heard in the Nameberry birth announcements.

It might be an admirable celebrity baby name (there are a few).

Or even the name you chose for your own child.

What’s a baby name you’ve heard in recent months that you loved?  A baby naming job well done you’d like to celebrate?

Share your favorite recent baby name with us here.

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baby name decisions

We were intrigued by the question posed on the forums by jackal, who loves the name Ingimar, well-known in her native Iceland, but wonders whether she should give her son-to-be a name that travels more easily, like Robert or Matthias.

Jackal’s question came down to head vs. heart: Which is the best way, the right way to choose a baby name?

Of course, if your heart and head align in your name decision, that’s the ideal.  But often the name we love, the name we want in our gut has some issue: it’s hard to pronounce or it doesn’t work with our surname or our partner doesn’t like it or we fell in love with it long ago but it’s since gotten too popular.

And then our head steps in, proposing the name that flows better, or the name that is immune from teasing, or the name that honors your beloved grandpa even though, ouch, Floyd

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pet names

There’s less and less difference between pet names and baby names.

The most popular puppy names of 2013, according to the website Vetstreet, include a lot of names trendy for babies: Bella, Daisy, and Sadie for females; Max, Cooper, and Jack for males.  Kitten names are also trending increasingly toward the human: Chloe and Nala, Oliver and Charlie.

All kinds of pets from hamsters to goldfish are more likely to be called by baby names these days than by a moniker like Fluffy or Fido.

And then there are the names formerly reserved for pets that are starting to be heard more and more on human babies: Bear and Coco, Bandit and Buster and Bo.

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