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halloween baby names

Horrors! It’s almost Halloween, which, in addition to everything else, gives us the opportunity to consider some scary names. This year, instead of looking at the usual monstrous character suspects—the ghosts and witches and evil spirits—we’re going to consider the real-life people who created and embodied the monsters, both on paper and on screen. And of course, it’s their distinctive names that get them in our own squeaky door.

Ambrose

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was a respected and versatile 19th century author, critic and journalist who wrote dozens of ghost and horror stories, gathered together in an anthology called Can Such Things Be? The all-but-forgotten name Ambrose has a pleasant rosy, ambrosial feel. Popular in Bierce’s time, it’s still well liked on Nameberry, ranking at Number 267.

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Scottish baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There are many Scottish boys’ names that have become so familiar that we don’t even recognize their roots—names like Malcolm and Cameron and Gavin and Gordon and Keith and Kyle. But there are others that have never reached our shores and that might be worth considering, and here are some prime examples.

Bear in mind, that most of these names are not currently popular in Scotland; only one of them, Struan, appears in the current Top 100 (at Number 99)—a list headed by Jack, James and Lewis, with just a smattering of old Gaelic names like Euan, Arran, and Ruaridh.

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country music names

There was a time when you could spot a country music guy or gal name a mile away. Tex and Buck, Jimmie and Johnny, Patty and Patsy, Minnie and Dottie. Things have changed, with contemporary country names now as citified as Taylor and Shania. So, this being Country Music Month, we’re taking a look at both sides of the coin–the time-honored names in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the more nouveau, to come up with our Nameberry Picks of the Best Country Music Names. (Incidentally, in addition to individual artists, there are some great band names, like Alabama and Sawyer Brown, as well as nicknames like Juice and surnames like Cash.)

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middle names first

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In case you don’t think the middle name choice is an important one, just take a look at the startling number of celebrities who have opted for using theirs in lieu of the first name on their birth certificates! Some have dropped a ho-hum common in favor of a more dramatic middle, others, to avoid confusion, have shed a name shared with their parent.

To begin with, there have been five US Presidents who have made the first-middle name switch:

Hiram Ulysses S. Grant—At 17, when entering West Point, his name was mistakenly written as Ulysses S. Grant and he apparently was happy to lose the HUG initials. The S was for his mother’s maiden name, Simpson.

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celebrity twin names

We all know that it’s twice as hard to name twins, especially if you’re trying to avoid the old matchy-matchy trap. We also know that celebrities, for better or worse, have a tremendous influence on baby names. So, putting the two together, we take a look at some of the prominent celebs who’ve produced multiples, and see how we think they’ve handled the challenge.

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