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It’s all-boy week in Abby (Appellation Mountain) Sandel’s latest round-up of the most recent interesting baby names.

Happy Halloween, berries!  Let’s start off with a very important piece of business.  The winner of the bookplate give-away from Etsy shop My Kids Eat Off the Floor is Emily (emily.m******@*****.com).  You should have already received an email with details about how to claim your prize.

Last week’s chatter about Gatsby – literary or pretentious?  Just different enough or downright bizarre? – got me thinking about boys’ names in general.  Conventional wisdom holds that we can be creative with our daughters’ names, but choices for sons should be a little more conservative.  Whether you personally agree or not, statistics suggest that parents do hold back when considering boys’ namesJust under 67% of US-born girls receive Top 1000 names, while nearly 79% of boys do.

A comment from last week’s post mentioned Evangeline Lily’s son is named Kahekili – and since dad is Norman Kali, his full name Kahekili Kali.  According to mom, Kahekili is a Hawaiian name means thunder. (Kahekili shown in illustration)

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel offers a special bonus in addition to her Nameberry 9 names in the news.

One of the arguments against unusual names is this: “But she won’t find anything with her name on it!”

That’s never really been true, and it is certainly less true now than ever before.  Technology is a part of the change, but so is something more old-school: the countless Etsy shops, all featuring makers of unique hand-crafted items.

Call your child Viggo or James, it doesn’t much matter – Etsy artisans can get a personalized superhero vest, tee shirt, lunchbox, and more to you in just a matter of days.

In celebration of this exciting way for daring baby namers to counter grandparents’ fears, we have a give-away.  One lucky reader will score a set of twenty bookplates from Etsy shop My Kids Eat Off the Floor.  Shop owner Kate is the mom to three fantastically named daughters herself: Tempe, Helena, and Juno.

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