Happy Thanksgiving Baby Names!

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes names inspired by restaurants, presidents, animals, numbers, and the far east.

Thanksgiving names: gratitude, history and food

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating it! If you’re looking for a name inspired by the holiday, there are plenty of ideas in this blog, from names meaning thankful to old-fashioned virtues to passengers on the Mayflower. Oceanus, Damaris and Remember always stand out to me as especially, well, memorable.

A mainstay of the holiday is, of course, sharing food. But while there are plenty of tasty names out there, from subtle Rosemary to not-so-subtle Peaches, there probably aren’t many babies named after restaurant chains. One of them will be Olivia Garton. Her name is a nod to Olive Garden restaurants, which hold a special place in her parents’ hearts, while also showing her Italian heritage. It demonstrates yet again that just because a name is popular, that doesn’t make it any less meaningful.

If you do know a Wendy, a Chuck, or anyone else named after a favorite eating place, do share!

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By John Kelly

The sun is about to enter into Sagittarius, whose zodiac symbol is the archer. Perhaps it’s in your stars to find an archery-inspired name for your newborn. If so, we’ve got quite the ‘quiver’ of names for you to consider—and sorry, but we don’t mean Katniss or Legolas, as much as we love these fictional arrow-slingers. Here are 11 amazing Sagittarius baby names.

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Lego Baby Names: Axl to Zane

By Jocelyn Chamberlain

The official ‘Toy of the Century’ is guaranteed to feature heavily on Christmas lists this year. However, it’s amazing to think that Lego bricks have been around for 85 years and that their timeless design means the old and new still fit together perfectly. The ‘LEGO’ brand name was created by using the first two letters of the Danish words ‘Leg’ and ‘Godt’, meaning ‘play well’. The Lego Movie, starring Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, was a big hit in 2014, followed by The Lego Batman Movie in 2017. Here are some names from the many Lego TV products and platforms that may make a great sibling choice for the little Lego-mad person in your house!

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Undiscovered British Baby Names

British baby names

by Pamela Redmond

English baby names are as different in Great Britain and the US as they are alike.

If that statement is confusing, consider that parents in both the US and in England and Wales share five girls’ names and two for boys in their Top 10 lists. Favored by both nations are Olivia, Emily, Isabella, Ava, and Mia for girls, Jacob and Noah for boys.

There are hundreds more names that rank among the Top 1000 in both Britain and the US. And then there are hundreds more that remain relatively undiscovered by the other country.

We surveyed the Top 1000 British baby names to find the 185 names — 78 British names for girls and 107 British names for boys — that we consider undiscovered in the US. Sure, American parents may have heard many of these names, but they’re not using them in the same numbers as British parents for their babies.

The main types of English names undiscovered in the US are:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Before we dig into our turkey and cranberry sauce, sprouts and yams and pumpkin pie, it’s always a nice tradition to stop and take stock of our blessings, sometimes sharing them around the table. And maybe this is a good time too, to consider some baby names that embrace the very meanings of blessing, grateful, and thanks.

These twelve names may come from many different cultures, from Italian to Jewish to Welsh to Zimbababwean, all embracing the universal warmth of gratitude we feel for the blessing of our babes..

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