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By Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

The headlines are predictable.

Start with Apple or Pilot Inspektor or Blue Ivy or North or whatever the latest celebrity birth announcement reads.  Then add a dismissive adjective like crazy, worst, or wacky.

Predict years of playground torment and challenges with employment.  Wait for comments to suggest that little North‘s life would be so much better if only Kim and Kanye had went with something normal like Ava!

While I don’t love every single name chosen by celebrity parents, I do think we’re overlooking the obvious.

There’s really no proof that an unusual, even outlandish name leads to misery.  And you don’t have to be a celebrity to consider a truly daring name.

In fact, I think a lot of us enjoy names that you don’t hear everyday. And so here are ten solid reasons to embrace unusual names.

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Word Names for Babies: What’s in a word?

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For several years now, word names have been singled out as being at the extreme edge of cool—we may have been guilty of pushing that edge ourselves at times.  But I’m starting to wonder if it’s time to pull back a little, and put the brakes on.  Celebrities have tried to outdo each other to sometimes eye-rolling effect in the effort to find a ‘unique’, attention-grabbing word name : I’m not naming names but I might mention a few words like zeppelin and pirate and peanut.

Of course there are word names and there are word names and probably the most acceptable and appealing are the centuries-old Virtue names created by the early and most zealous Pilgrims to display their righteous religiosity.  Though  such excessive male phrase-names as Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith and Fly-fornication are long gone, the simpler girl virtue names have not only survived but some are now downright trendy: Grace, Hope, Faith, and, more recently, Felicity, True and Honor.

Other worthy examples include:

AMITY

CHARITY

CLARITY

COMFORT

MERCY

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