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What’s your newest name love?

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There are names I loved when I was a kid: Sandy and Lisa, Michael and David (yes, really).

And then there were names I loved when I was naming my babies: Eliza and Henry, Ned and Daisy.

Now there are names that I’ve only come to love recently, for a range of reasons.  Leonora, for instance, and Ozias.  Raymond, and Rosamund.

What are your newfound baby name loves?

I mean names that you either didn’t like or that weren’t even on your radar before.  Names that sound better (much better) to you now than they used to, either because styles have changed or your tastes have.

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I love that name BUT….

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I love the name Sophia.

I love the sound, soft but strong, familiar yet exotic.  I love the meaning, “wisdom.”  I love the fact that famous Sophias include both an ancient goddess and a modern sex symbol.

But….

Sophia, the Number 1 girls’ name is just too dang popular.

What name do you love in every way, except for that big, fat but that would keep you from ever using it?

The otherwise-wonderful name’s fatal flaw may not be popularity but weirdness, pronunciation difficulties, or the fact that your sister just used it for her own child.  Or a thousand other issues, any of which we hope you’ll share with us.

So, what name do you love, BUT…..

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

April was a really interesting month on the Baby Announcement forums, including some highly unusual and intriguing choices, such as Zari and Zev.

There was one set of twins, the vintage Effie (love!) and Edwin, once again highlighting the trend-point that E-beginnings are continuing to surpass A’s in the vowel department.

Plenty of great sibsets this month, including, among the girls, Esme-Monet-Mirabelle; Fleur and Cressida; and Juniper-Tallulah-Matilda.

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namenapping

We all know you’re not a namenapper.

You’d never steal somebody else’s baby name, whether it’s a friend, a family member, or even (maybe especially) a celebrity who happened to pick a really amazing name.

Unless….

Unless you were answering Nameberry’s question of the week, and it were all theoretical, and you knew you weren’t going to baby name jail for it.  Or going to have to face the anger of the erson whose name you stole or the disapproval of everyone you know along with lots of virtual friends on the Nameberry message boards.

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By Gay Cioffi

Just as in real estate where the three most important things are:   LOCATION… LOCATION…. LOCATION, when bestowing a name on a baby the three most important things are: PRONUNCIATION… PRONUNCIATION… PRONUNCIATION.

As a person whose last name is almost never pronounced correctly, Cioffi  (the Ci is like Ch and …oh, if only I had a buck for every time I have had to say that!!), I know that navigating the social territory of “when and how often to correct” those who mispronounce it is tricky, to say the least. I had a third grade teacher who pronounced it KEY-OFF and I cringed every time I was called on for the entire school year.

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