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.

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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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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes Ninja Turtles, hyphenated names, and inspiration from Portugal and Iceland.

Celebrity baby girl names: Mabel and Alana

If you’re looking for a sweet feminine name, this week’s celebrity births might inspire you.

Mabel Jane is the new daughter of actors Ashley Hinshaw and Topher Grace. Gently vintage without being frilly, both her names are fmiliar but not super-popular: Mabel is #513 and Jane is #279. Mabel is one to watch, though: it’s risen fast since re-entering the top 1000 in 2013, and it’s just outside the top 100 on the Nameberry chart.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed a daughter, Alana Martina. She joins siblings Cristiano Jr, Mateo and Eva. According to a video on Ronaldo’s social media a couple of weeks before the birth, naming her was a democratic process: each parent chose one name. It’s lucky they go together so well!

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