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    The reason Laura's husband is the only Almanzo...

    The reason Laura's husband is the only Almanzo you can think of is because his family may well have been the originators of the name, if the story is true. In one of the books, Almanzo told Laura...
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    Poll: I like "eye-van" just fine, but I also have a...

    I like "eye-van" just fine, but I also have a definite soft spot for the Russian pronunciation, "ee-VAHN," especially with the nn Vanya. So cute!
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    Sorry, I accidentally posted twice.

    Sorry, I accidentally posted twice.
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    Hanover...why am I thinking of a racecourse?...

    Hanover...why am I thinking of a racecourse? Aha--I Googled it--there was a prominent Thoroughbred racehorse and sire called Hanover, a prominent Standardbred pacer called Bret Hanover (because he...
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    Poll: I saw Ivan and Leo together and just had to say...

    I saw Ivan and Leo together and just had to say we have friends with an 8- or 9-year-old son named Ivan Leo! They were his two grandfathers' names.

    Would your hubby like Iver better than Ivan? I...
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    I don't like the name Gertrude, but I don't...

    I don't like the name Gertrude, but I don't believe my dislike is founded on the fact that it's an "old" name. I don't personally know any Gertrudes, young or old, though whenever I hear or read...
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    I didn't dredge it up, but I did give it a bump!...

    I didn't dredge it up, but I did give it a bump! I got excited by the title and didn't even look at the date. Sorry! Glad you've found a spot for Caspian--he's so handsome.
    I guess Reepicheep would...
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    Isn't name collecting fun? Those of us who aren't...

    Isn't name collecting fun? Those of us who aren't pregnant yet can actually have the best time, because we can treat names like playthings--picking them up, riffling them through our fingers and...
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    I like Addison on a guy, and Addison Peter is...

    I like Addison on a guy, and Addison Peter is rather awesome. I was just starting to discover it and think how cool it was, with its meaning "Adam's son," when it shot up the charts for girls. I dare...
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    Edmund is my current favorite Narnia-reference...

    Edmund is my current favorite Narnia-reference name. I also love Caspian. A few more not mentioned above: Cornelius, Drinian, Rhince, Bern, Octesian, Restimar, Rilian and Tirian.
    Are you thinking...
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    Congrats to your family!

    Congrats to your family!
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    Aw, congrats! I remember Cyrus's announcement and...

    Aw, congrats! I remember Cyrus's announcement and thinking what a handsome name that was. And I'm the oldest of 8, so I know where Rosem@ry's coming from. I wouldn't trade it for anything, though it...
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    Five pages of congrats before I got here, and...

    Five pages of congrats before I got here, and I've been watching! Congratulations again! She's beautiful. I'm so happy for all of you, and happy that your sweet little girl finally has the perfect...
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    Wow, Birdsong! To my personal style it's a bit...

    Wow, Birdsong! To my personal style it's a bit much as a first, but I'd swoon over it in the middle. Congrats to your friends!
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    Aw, he's precious! Congratulations! Thanks for...

    Aw, he's precious! Congratulations! Thanks for the photo. Cato is a great name.
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    Congratulations! Such a pretty yet solid name.

    Congratulations! Such a pretty yet solid name.
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    I like them both, but I wouldn't be as pleased to...

    I like them both, but I wouldn't be as pleased to meet a baby Thorin right now as I would have been before the movies came out. I have nothing against Richard Armitage, but he shouldn't have been...
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    Congratulations! It's so nice to see someone use...

    Congratulations! It's so nice to see someone use Martin. Enjoy your little badgers :)
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    So it sounds as if it would be acceptable for an...

    So it sounds as if it would be acceptable for an American to pronounce the name BYORN, particularly for an American child. Does that crossed O have a name?

    Thanks to everyone for the continuing...
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    Isaac Bjorn would be very handsome! I haven't yet...

    Isaac Bjorn would be very handsome! I haven't yet been able to "ideally" pair Bjorn with either a first or middle from my lists.
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    Thanks for the responses so far. Sounds like I...

    Thanks for the responses so far. Sounds like I should ask my mom for clarification on how the umlaut changes the sound; she's been studying German! I wouldn't use the umlaut, or the Swedish...
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    How do you pronounce Bjorn?

    Bjorn is my newest boy name crush. It's been on my radar for years, but I never seriously considered it or had it on my list till about a week ago. At the moment I'm loving it, and as I have a good...
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    As a few others have said, I don't think I'd be able to choose any name without hesitation just because I love so many! But for a boy I'd use Ransom, in spite of some negative connotations, and for a...
  24. Congratulations! No babies for me yet, so I can't...

    Congratulations! No babies for me yet, so I can't help you with anecdotes of my experiences. My parents always had a name chosen before the baby arrived, and there never seemed to be a problem with...
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    I don't think it's a big deal. I know a couple of...

    I don't think it's a big deal. I know a couple of families whose children have either one middle or two, depending on the circumstances of each naming journey. Using a family name is a good reason to...
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