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For those of you who donâ€™t check the Birth Announcements forum on our Message Boards or arenâ€™t yet our friends on Facebook (tsk, tsk!), we thought weâ€™d gather up the names of the newest babyberries here for all to see.Â These are allÂ baby names ofÂ 2011â€”and the year isnâ€™t even half over yet!
When Pam and I wrote our first name book back in the Era of Jennifer & Jason, it was filled with names we loved, many of which seemed quite outrĂ© to many people at that time.Â Milo?Â Felix?Â Lulu?Â Clementine?Â Araminta?Â Out of the question, we heard!
And so for us to look at a list like the one below is like a dream come trueâ€”a whole mini-universe populated by Barnabys and Beatrices, supported by such a strong community of wise and savvy advice-sharersâ€”it all makes us feel like a pair of proud virtual godmamas.
Here they are, together with sibs and nicknames, when available:
Todayâ€™s multi-part question of the week is all about usâ€”we’re askingÂ you what you like best about Nameberry.Â
Answer any or all:
What has been your all-time favorite blogâ€”and/or what kinds of blogs do you like best?Â Such as:
Â Â **The crowd-sourced, interactiveÂ Questions of the Week, like this one
Â Â **Trends and predictions
Â Â **Names from different cultures
Â Â **Name history
Â Â Â **Personal guest blogger stories
Â Â **Names from literature, art, pop culture
Â Â **Seasonal and holiday blogs
Â Â **Others?
Do you have aÂ favorite list?
Whatâ€™s your favorite forum?
As promised, here is our first Week in Review by Abby Sandel–creator of the wonderful AppellationMountain blog–Â bringing you a roundup of the latest baby name news of the week every MondayÂ from hereon in.
Early January brought round-ups of The Most Popular Names of 2010, at least according to a host of informal polls and results from individual hospitals. It makes for a quirky assortment of headlines. Lauren is still holding on in Caledonia, Minnesota, despite falling for decades elsewhere.Â Â The gems, of course, are the articles that mention the truly unusual choices, like Ged Spartacus and Hunni Princess, British babies born in 2010 according to an article by Hertfordshireâ€™s The Watford Observer.
Just as weâ€™d exhausted regional Top Tens, Pope VXI conveniently made a comment praising the names of the 21 infants â€“ all of children of Vatican employees – he baptized in the Sistine Chapel on January 9.Â It wasnâ€™t much of a comment â€“ he encouraged parents to choose Christian names, but his remarks were about religious faith, not Hollywood trends.Â It was enough to result in a flurry of headlines, like this one from Canadaâ€™s National Post: Despite the Popeâ€™s disapproval, designer baby names flourish. BBC News Magazine responded with a list of 10 Christian names you donâ€™t really hear these days.Â Gomer and Wilgefortis, anyone?Â Jezebel also appeared on the BBC list, with an expert insisting that no one would give the name to a child.Â Name junkies will have heard Jezebel mentioned on more than one message board.Â Nancyâ€™s exhaustive list of J names given to girls in 2009Â reveals 24 girls named Jezebel â€“ plus plenty of spelling variants, like:
Once more we turn to ourÂ buzzing message boards for Question of the Week inspiration.Â This time itâ€™s a topic posted by irisrose, and it’s this:
What interesting names have youÂ spotted out and about in the real world recently?
How about you?Â What cool new names have you heardÂ at your neighborhood playground or playgroup?Â What have you spotted on birth announcements or elsewhere?
Have youÂ discovered a name you’ve never come across before and would actually consider using?
Is thereÂ one particularÂ name that youÂ really likeÂ but for some reason would never use?
Todayâ€™s Question of the Week was inspired by a thread on our own nameberryÂ forums, initiated by lynxycrowy, which elicited some really interesting choices and even more interesting reasons for their rejection.
Weâ€™d love to hear what your exampleÂ isâ€”a name you really adore but know youâ€™ll never useâ€”and why.
- Namenapped by someone else?
- Too trendy?
- Too irrevocably tied to some pop culture character?
- Too hard to pronounce?
- Doesnâ€™t work with siblingâ€™s name?
- Too far out there?
- Too much name or too little?
Let us know your #1 lost-love name!
If youâ€™re interested in what the other posters have had to say, check out the message board.