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September 30th, 2014

Literary Baby Names: What the Dickens! Part 1

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Charles Dickens was one of literature’s greatest character namers; here is Part One of K. M. Sheard’s comprehensive run-down of those that are usable today.

September 12th, 2014

British Royal Baby Names: Queen Victoria’s ultimate British sibset

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For her nine children, Queen Victoria managed to come up with thirty different names; K. M. Sheard explains what was behind her choices.

July 20th, 2014

French Names: From Lilou to Lazare

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On a sojourn in France, K. M. Sheard gathered some interesting names–traditional French examples, more modern choices, and a few popular imports from other countries.

June 26th, 2014

Fantasy Baby Names: A Peake into Gormenghast

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Musician Sting found his daughter Fuchsia’s name in the ‘Gormenghast’ novels–and maybe you will too, if you’re a fantasy fiction fan.

March 11th, 2014

Baby Name Nicknames: Getting to Gus

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Do you like the nickname Gus, but would prefer a more unusual route to it than August or Augustus? K.M. Sheard provides a selection ranging from the familiar Angus to the less known Zygus.

February 6th, 2014

Artist Names: The ultimate comprehensive list, from Ayala to Zoffany

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A few artists’ surnames, like Monet, have already been adopted, but here Kay Sheard offers an enormous selection of other arty options.

January 5th, 2014

Twelfth Night Names: From Airi to Wren

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What names do partridges and pear trees bring to mind? K. M. Sheard of the blog and book “Nook of Names” has some imaginative, free-associative, Twelfth Night ideas.

November 28th, 2013

Happy St. Andrew’s Day: Scottish names for the Scottish national day

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It’s St. Andrew’s Day, the Scottish equivalent of St. Patrick’s Day, so have a look at K. M. Sheard’s pick of her favorite unusual names from Scotland.

October 27th, 2013

Halloween Baby Names: Greatest Ghost Names– Araminta, Caspar and Claudia

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The second of our pre-Halloween week blogs–ghostly names from Araminta to Linnet to Simon, summoned up by K. M. Sheard.

October 13th, 2013

Meanings of Names: Ever hear of Homophony?

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K. M Sheard of Nook of Names describes an approach to naming that dates back to the time of Adam and Eve.