By Gay Cioffi @  Little Folks Big Questions

How do you tell your only child that you’re expecting a baby?

Before answering this question, I always begin by asking a parent to imagine what it would be like if their spouse or partner made an announcement one day, out of the blue, that went something like this:

“I have exciting news. You are a wonderful spouse, and I love you very much. But, I have decided for our family that it would be incredible if we got another spouse to live with us and join our family, it is going to be so great. And, you will be the special “first” spouse who gets to teach this new spouse everything you know. You are going to love it!”

Most of us would say, “really… seriously?”

This is basically how the idea of a new baby can come across to an only child. Of course, this news should be shared joyfully; however, I am suggesting that parents be mindful of the magnitude of the changes it will bring to the family dynamic and the questions it may raise for the firstborn.

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By  Mélissa Delahaye of Jolis Prénoms

With French baby names, two clear trends have emerged in baby naming: short, simple, two-syllable names and the return to vintage/ancient names. With a heavy preponderance of girl names ending with -a and the growing success of biblical names, there are many overlaps with U.S. trends. French parents are also largely returning to tradition when it comes to naming their children, and old-fashioned names are making their comeback. Name popularity goes in cycles and a growing number of French parents are exploring the branches of their family trees to find inspiration.

Here is a selection of classic names that are either on the rise or already big hits in France, but not as well used in the US:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Happy Father’s Day! This year we are saluting some Dads whose little girls and boys grew up and landed in the celebrisphere. And as we focused—you guess it– on those with the most interesting names, we found it to be a terrifically multi-cultural crowd, hailing from places as far-flung as Israel, India and Italy. And with many of them having very distinguished careers of their own.

Here are some our favorite paternal parents of celebs:.

Avner

Natalie Portman’s father Avner Hershlag is a US-trained Israeli gynecologist and fertility specialist. Avner is the Hebrew form of Abner and is the name of the protagonist of the film Munich, played by Eric Bana.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes bold middle names, spelling disputes, Disney villains, and dreamy French siblings.

Soccer star names: Edson and Keylor

The soccer World Cup kicks off today, so let’s start with some soccer-inspired names.

The name Keylor was virtually unknown until 2014, when Costa Rican player Keylor Navas appeared in the last World Cup and joined Real Madrid. Now it’s big in Spain and Costa Rica,  and it was given to 75 boys in the US in 2017. You could think of it as a fresh take on Taylor. Do you think it could catch on beyond sports fans?

In Scotland, the grandson of a top player and manager was named Edson Thunder. Edson is the birth name of legendary Brazilian player Pelé (himself named after Thomas Edison, with a twist). I don’t know the story behind Thunder, but it makes a fantastic bold middle name.

Moving from soccer to golf: Ryder is one of the most popular surname names around, but how many parents were inspired by the Ryder Cup? More than you might think.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

There are times when your name search is narrowed down to one-syllable options. It might be because you need to balance a multi-syllabic surname or need a short connective between an elongated first and last. Or maybe you simply like the directness and strength of that single sound. And you also want a name that’s familiar enough to be in the Top 500.

Well, if it’s a girls’ name you’re seeking within these parameters, your choice is somewhat limited. There are less than two dozen of them in the Top 500, including Grace, Hope, Faith and Joy.

But for boys, there’s a far larger and wider group—close to 70—ranging from classics James and John to the more modern Jase, Jace and Jayce. Here are our picks for the 14 best single-syllable boys’ names in the Top 400, which could be just what you’re looking for.

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