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Sophisticated Names for Girls

By Abby Sandel

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe on the arrival of their daughter, Iris Mary.

The Oscar-winning actor and his public relations executive wife chose a sophisticated, nickname-proof name for their first child. Iris has so many qualities expectant parents seek. It’s literary and glamorous, but not too much for a young child to wear. It’s nearly impossible to shorten Iris. And ecovintage Iris feels modern, but has history to spare, from the ancient world right through today.

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Women Presidential Candidates

By Tiana Putric

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton has made U.S. history by becoming America’s first female presidential candidate to gain enough delegates to win the nomination of a major U.S. political party.

But Secretary Clinton certainly wasn’t the first woman to make a run for the White House. Dozens of women prior to Clinton have run for the U.S. Presidency, mostly not serious contenders but rather working to break barriers for women, seeking the public platform to advance themselves, their ideas and their beliefs.

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unique girls' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Very feminine names that were unusual and exotic a generation or two ago have risen to the top of the US popularity lists: I’m looking at you, Isabella, Sophia, Olivia.

So what’s the parent to do who loves this kind of elaborate girls’ name but wants something a lot more rare?

Some of the best choices in this style don’t even make it onto the extended list of American baby names: All the names starred below were given to fewer than five baby girls in the US in the last year counted.  And the others were used for only a handful of babies.

Is Cassiopeia or Petronilla too much name for a baby girl (or even a grown-up woman, for that matter)? Maybe, but you can always call her Cassie or Nilla and trust she’ll grow into her august appellation, at least by the time she’s 40.

And if you like super-feminine names for girls, why stick with the safe Gabriellas and Valentinas when there are all these exotic beauties out there?

Thirty rare, feminine names you might consider for your little girl are:

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Spelling Bee Names

By Tiana Putric

Spellebrities are kids who can spell words that most of us simply can’t: appoggiatura, cymotrichous, esquamulose, guetapens, and stichomythia. According to cognitive science professor Brenda Rapp, talented spellers can do this because “it’s possible that they have something extra” or that areas of their brains are “especially well-tuned.”

Last week super-spellers from across the United States competed in America‘s 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee and totally wowed television viewers and social media followers. The purse – $40,000 cash, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, and lots of other goodies. Meet master spellers Jairam and Nihar, this year’s co-champions, and browse the names of past winners -some old, some new, many international – and see their winning words along with the definitions.

Perhaps baby’s first book should be a dictionary?

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Them Are Fighting Names

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

We’re always spotlighting baby names that have appealing meanings: nature and intelligence, peace and love.

But the fact is that many ancient names have meanings that relate to fighting and war and victory, undoubtedly desirable qualities to parents who feared that their babies might be kidnapped by Huns or eaten by wolves.

In the modern world, parents tend to choose one of these battle-related name despite rather than because of a meaning like “renowned warrior” or “elf spear”. And those who want a fierce-sounding name may opt for something more explicit like Wilder or Gunner, Hunter or Blade.

But a user-created list we recently spotlighted by @nidorina reminded us just how many fighting, war, soldier, protector, and guardian names there are from deep in the traditional naming lexicon. And there are many more than listed there. An overview:

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