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April 9th, 2015

Spicy Baby Names

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Looking at spice names for babies, Angela Mastrodonato points out which ones are usable and which are no-nos.

March 31st, 2015

Surprising Homespun Nicknames: Elsie, Sadie & Effie

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Relaxed and comfy down-home nickname names are on the rise in both the UK and the US–some of them quite surprising. Angela Mastrodonato explains.

March 12th, 2015

Names That Get Stuck in the Middle..and why

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Angela Mastrodonato offers a fascinating analysis of what kinds of names work as middles–and why.

February 8th, 2015

Alaska Baby Names: Names From America’s Last Frontier

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Guest blogger Angela Mastrodonato has found some interesting names that will probably be new to you in the Kilcher clan of Alaska.

October 12th, 2014

TV Names That Never Took Off: Felicity & Frasier

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Some TV character names become mega-popular, like Samantha from ‘Bewitched’–but Angela Mastrodonato takes a look at some that didn’t make it.

September 23rd, 2014

The Matching Sibling Name Debate: Chloe With a Side of Zoe?

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Angela Mastrodonato lays out the lines on the matching-subset debate. Which side are you on?

September 18th, 2014

New Names that Sound Old: Eden, Paisley, Romilly

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Some of the freshest sounding names around actually have longer histories than you might imagine, says Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names. Are Eden and Auden old or new?

June 19th, 2014

Baby Names that Bridge Generations: Allison and Kyle

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Angela Mastrodonato looks at generation-bridging names: names that would fit both mom and baby, such as Natalie, Allison and Kyle.

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May 13th, 2014

Baby Name Flow: How First-Middle-Last Names Can Play Nice Together

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Great advice from Angela Mastrodonato on the role a middle name plays in the order of things, and offers a checklist of how best to get a name with optimal flow.

April 20th, 2014

Old Names That Sound New: Ione, Nova and Archer

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You’ve just come upon a name that sounds fresh and new to you–Ione, say, or Archer. But guest blogger Angela Mastroianni points out that some of these stylish “new” names have surprising solid roots.