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by Sophie Kihm

Leo season runs from July 23 to August 22, making this the perfect time of year to give your child a Leonine name. Of course, even if your baby isn’t born under the sign of the lion, a number of leonine names are distinguished and fashionable options.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes what’s hot in Scandinavia, in India and other international names, babies named for ancient legends and places, and the new trending middle names for girls.

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Traditional Girl Names with a Twist

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Can Penelope’s sister have a name as short as Alice or Claire? More importantly, does this mom want her to?

Erin writes:

We are expecting our second girl and struggling to agree on a name! Our older daughter is Penelope Reese, and we absolutely love her name.

My husband is leaning towards short and sweet names this time. Alice and Claire are his two favorites. I’m worried those names will seem too boring next to the lengthier Penelope, even though I do like them both. We tend to gravitate toward vintage names and I’d like to find something that isn’t too popular, but isn’t too rare. We are both very open to a variety of middle names.

My top favorites are Colette (but my husband has vetoed), Margot, Isla, and Louise or Louisa.

Do we go short and sweet like my husband suggests, or find something a little bit longer?

The Name Sage replies:

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Our Question of the Week

One of our favorite things about running this site is reading about all of the beautifully named Babyberries born to our members over the years.

Not only do we get to swoon at all of the stunning name combinations and sibsets, but we also love reading about the fascinating (and often moving) stories behind them. Berry parents take inspiration from so many sources: from art, science and religion to family, friends and personal memories.

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Ancient Greek Names That Work Today

by Sophie Kihm

In Ancient Greece, it was common practice to skip a generation when using honor names. The first-born son was traditionally named after one of his grandfathers—whichever one was of higher status. The second son was named after his other grandfather (usually the maternal grandfather), and daughters were named after grandmothers or great-aunts.

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