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For those of you who don’t check the Birth Announcements forum on our Message Boards or aren’t yet our friends on Facebook (tsk, tsk!), we thought we’d gather up the names of the newest babyberries here for all to see.  These are all baby names of 2011—and the year isn’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 outré to many people at that time.  MiloFelixLuluClementineAraminta?  Out of the question, we heard!

And so for us to look at a list like the one below is like a dream come true—a whole mini-universe populated by Barnabys and Beatrices, supported by such a strong community of wise and savvy advice-sharers—it all makes us feel like a pair of proud virtual godmamas.

Here they are, together with sibs and nicknames, when available:

Girls

Adele Vienne Moreau

Amelia Blythe

Annemarie Belle

Aviva (Viv) Sania Evangeline, sister of Penelope (Pippa) Esme Emilia, Shiloh Clementine Mae and Devandra (Dev) Jasper Milo

Beatrice (Bea) Wren

Beatrix Eleanor

Bettina Skye, sister of Asher Matthew

Bridget (Bridey) Isobel

Camilla (Milly) Beatrice, sister of Brigid Ceaira

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Nameberry Faves? Do tell!

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Today’s multi-part question of the week is all about us—we’re asking you what you like best about Nameberry. 

Answer any or all:

What has been your all-time favorite blog—and/or what kinds of blogs do you like best?  Such as:

   **The crowd-sourced, interactive Questions of the Week, like this one

   **Trends and predictions

   **Names from different cultures

   **Name history

   **Personal guest blogger stories

   **Names from literature, art, pop culture

   **Seasonal and holiday blogs

   **Others?

Do you have a favorite list?

What’s your favorite forum?

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Nameberry Week in Review: Debut issue

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As promised, here is our first Week in Review by Abby Sandel–creator of the wonderful AppellationMountain blog– bringing you a roundup of the latest baby name news of the week every Monday  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.   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 Hertfordshire’s The Watford Observer.

Just as we’d exhausted regional Top Tens, Pope VXI conveniently made a comment praising the names of the 21 infants – all of children of Vatican employees – he baptized in the Sistine Chapel on January 9.  It wasn’t much of a comment – he encouraged parents to choose Christian names, but his remarks were about religious faith, not Hollywood trends.  It was enough to result in a flurry of headlines, like this one from Canada’s National Post: Despite the Pope’s disapproval, designer baby names flourish. BBC News Magazine responded with a list of 10 Christian names you don’t really hear these days.  Gomer and Wilgefortis, anyone?  Jezebel also appeared on the BBC list, with an expert insisting that no one would give the name to a child.  Name junkies will have heard Jezebel mentioned on more than one message board.  Nancy’s exhaustive list of J names given to girls in 2009  reveals 24 girls named Jezebel – plus plenty of spelling variants, like:

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Cool Name Sightings?

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Once more we turn to our buzzing message boards for Question of the Week inspiration.  This time it’s a topic posted by irisrose, and it’s this:

What interesting names have you spotted out and about in the real world recently?

Already, berries have spied such intriguingly unusual choices as Cairo, Eero, Panama, Juniper, Acacia and Lucerne

How about you?  What cool new names have you heard at your neighborhood playground or playgroup?  What have you spotted on birth announcements or elsewhere?

Have you discovered a name you’ve never come across before and would actually consider using?

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Is there one particular name that you really like but for some reason would never use?

Today’s Question of the Week was inspired by a thread on our own nameberry forums, initiated by lynxycrowy, which elicited some really interesting choices and even more interesting reasons for their rejection.

We’d love to hear what your example is—a name you really adore but know you’ll never use—and why.

  • Namenapped by someone else?
  • Too trendy?
  • Too irrevocably tied to some pop culture character?
  • Too hard to pronounce?
  • Doesn’t work with sibling’s name?
  • Too far out there?
  • Too much name or too little?

Let us know your #1 lost-love name!

If you’re interested in what the other posters have had to say, check out the message board.

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