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By E. Wittig

Names for Gemini babies, born under the third sign of the Western Zodiac, which falls from May 22nd to June 21st, often focus on twins. Gemini is a sign of duality, represented by twin characters Castor and Pollux, People born under the sign of Gemini are always talking, searching for information to satisfy their intelligence and fuel their creativity. Many Geminis focus on building relationships to fill the need for a twin to their personalities.

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

The first Memorial Day—then called Decoration Day— was observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  It was a date chosen because it was a time when flowers would blooming all across the country.

In the past we have looked at some of the more interesting names of Civil War leaders, but this year we thought it could be more enlightening to look instead at well-known, well-named people who were born in that year of 1868—giving us a bird’s-eye view of post-Civil War period baby naming, both in America and elsewhere.

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By Clare Green

The last couple of weeks have seen some big baby name stories in the news, including the release of the US 2018 popularity charts and a new baby for pop royalty – plus scintillating snippets from the rest of the world.

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Nature Names for Boys

a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

Their firstborn is Cedar. Now they need another nature name that’s just as perfect for his little brother.

Lisa writes:

We have a son named Cedar, and we’re expecting another boy in September.

If it was a girl, we were considering Aurora, Juniper, or Sequoia. I know Juniper and Sequoia could be used for boys, but we are hesitant.

We’re looking for another unusual name, preferably one that has no religious connotations, references nature – we especially love plant names, is easy to spell and pronounce, and feels somewhat gender neutral.

His middle name will be my (German) surname; last name is my husband’s (Irish) surname, which is also a common first name and sometimes causes confusion.

We’ve considered Jupiter (but is it too out there?), Hawthorn/e (too surname-y?), Zephyr (too close to Cedar?), and Salix (the Latin genus for willow trees, but maybe too confusing?)

Thoughts and suggestions welcome!

The Name Sage replies:

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The Hottest Nickname Names of 2018

by Sophie Kihm

We’ve taken a hint from the Brits, as nicknames are being used as given names more and more in the US each year. Liam outranks William, Lily is more common than Lillian, and names like Bella, Jack, Ellie, Eli, and Sadie are all in the Top 100.

These nicknames are all cool, but they’re not hot. A hot nickname is one that is climbing quickly, rising fifty or more places in the Top 1000. Nicknames often become hot thanks to pop culture references or due to similarities to other popular names.

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