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choosing one name

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Maybe you’re expecting triplets.  Maybe you’re Uma Thurman.

But chances are that if you’re narrowing down a baby name, you’re looking for just one first-middle combination, or maybe a first-middle-bonus middle.

It means that you’ll leave a lot of your favorite names unused, and you might hurt some feelings if your loved ones were hoping for a namesake.

Sure, you can go the royal route, and tack on extra middles galore.  Uma’s daughter Luna is actually Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence.  It’s not an approach most parents would consider.

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tradition with a twist

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Keira Knightley is expecting, Carrie Underwood is due soon, and we all know that Will and Kate will welcome baby #2 in 2015.

While we look forward to all of next year’s birth announcements, here’s a piece of baby name advice gleaned from this week’s newest arrivals:

Traditional with a twist is a foolproof strategy.

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November Starbabies: Baby Names A to Z

starbabies

By CaraMichelle

Some of the most interesting starbaby choices last month included Xalia, a sister of Xascha and Xanthe, two girls and a boy with the middle name Monroe, alternate spellings Avri (Robert Downing, Jr.) and Kinzee (James Durbin), a 3-H sibling set (Bill Hader), a musical throwback name (Isley), two old-timey nickname names (Gus and Billy), and a highly aspirational name (Kelly Rowland‘s Titan).

Here’s the full list.

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bimper crop babies

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Berries, we are ending the year with a bang!

After a few weeks of relative quiet in the celebrity baby name sphere, birth announcements were everywhere last week.  The names ranged from vintage to modern, mythological to meaningful.  But none of them played it (too) safe.

A few of these are interesting enough to make me rethink my favorite baby names of 2014 … but let’s wait until December 31st to revise that post, since there could still be some great names in the next few weeks!

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celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

The stars, they’re just like us.  They shop for groceries.  Run out for coffee.  And celebrity parents love names with vibrant, exciting letters like V, X, and Z – just like the rest of the world.

Names featuring V, X, and Z aren’t novel.  One hundred years ago, parents were naming their daughters Evelyn and Virginia.  Melvin, Marvin, Vernon, and Alvin were all up-and-comers circa 1914.  Max, Felix, and Hazel have had good runs before, and rarities like Zenobia and Zola aren’t quite as rare as you might guess.

Even Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II – there’s that letter ‘z’ again – has a granddaughter named Zara, born all the way back in 1981.

But those letters feel almost epidemic nowadays, from favorites like Zoe and Xavier to nouveau names like Zayden and Everly.

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