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Rose baby names

By Joanna Walker

In Romeo & Juliet, Juliet faces a dilemma– she has fallen in love with the son of her father’s sworn enemy: a Montague. Juliet famously asks: “What’s in a name?” She concludes that names are irrelevant and uses the garden rose to illustrate her point “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

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What Are Your Favorite Word Names?

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Beacon, Quince, Azure, Bliss….

A recent random search that started with Namehunter took me on a tour through a series of unusual and intriguing word names.

Which made us think of asking you: Which are your favorite word names, and why?

Traditionally, there are words that have been names for so long that they’re completely established in the lexicon: Daisy and Hope and Amber.

Then there are newer word names that are becoming widely used: Wren and Justice, True and Sky.

And then there are….well, just about any word you can think of can be a name. But should it be? Does it work?

So….which are your favorites? And what are some words you think would make great names?

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9 Ways to Choose an Unusual Baby Name

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By Abby Sandel

There’s more than one way to choose an unusual name.

Classics like William and Elizabeth are evergreen. And who doesn’t love Ava and Mason?

But if you think you’d like something different – maybe even dramatically different – for your child’s name, it can be tough to know where to start.

Here’s a road map with nine different paths to choose an unusual baby name. Celebrities are fond of each one of these strategies, but they’re not exclusive to Hollywood. Anyone can use these same approaches.

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A Sad Farewell to The Nook of Names

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our most treasured contributors, K. M. Sheard.  Kay ran the delightful website, Nook of Names, and was the author of a giant, encyclopedic compendium of name information, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Nameswhich we have found to be an invaluable resource.

In tribute to the memory of Kay, here again is one of her characteristic Nameberry blogs–with its unique mix of scholarship and humor, first published in 2013.

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Autumn Names: Fall Foliage and More

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In most places—unfortunately not where I happen to live—fall is in the air and trees are rehearsing for their dramatic color-change show, with its basket of red, gold and brown-toned name possibilities. If you’re seeking an autumn-themed name, there are also harvest goddesses to consider, and astrological and gem-of-the-month possibilities. Or you could just name her Autumn.
Featured photo by Georgia Brizuela at Documenting Delight.

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