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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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19 Signs You’re Obsessive About Names

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Here at Nameberry, we know a lot about name obsession: We’ve been pretty obsessive about the subject ourselves for as long as we can remember.  And one of the great things about running this site is that it’s introduced us to a lot of fellow obsessive name people.  Maybe you’re one of them?

Here, 19 signs:

1. You’ve memorized the Social Security Top 1000 names.  And you’re fully prepared to take the quiz.

2.  American baby name books weren’t enough for you, so you’ve also amassed a collection of British, Australian, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and one Japanese baby name book.  In Japanese.

3. You’ve made a spreadsheet to analyze the results of your online baby name polls.

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Names You’ll Be Hearing A Lot More Of

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These baby names won’t rank among the most popular when the official statistics are announced next month; many of them won’t even make the Top 1000. But the dozen names here are choices we predict are bound for greater stardom. If you’re looking for a sleeper name likely to gain in style value, or want to avoid a choice that could get a lot more popular, keep your eye on these 12 baby names.

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