Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames



By Laura Dunphy

It started with a search for a carry-on bag in a boutique where totes and suitcases and travel pouches perched on exquisitely-lit museum pedestals. I picked up a rectangular prism of perfect proportions and inhaled the musk of its crisp leather accents when a saleswoman appeared at my shoulder. 

“Let me know if you need any assistance,” she said. “All of our pieces can be monogrammed, either with your initials or any three letters of your choosing.”

“Thanks,” I said. “Wait – not any three letters?”

She looked at me as if I’d just emerged from a Neanderthal’s cave. “Any three letters you like,” she said.

My mouth dropped open. There is no law requiring me to choose my initials for a monogram. How come I never realized this before??

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Newest Baby Names: October Berrybabies

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Looking at the newest baby names entered on the Birth Announcement Forum in October, one theme stood out: the challenge of finding the perfect name and the thrill when it was finally arrived at.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes announcements from 90s pop icons, girls’ names honoring men, and spelling and pronunciation quandaries.

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

Brilliant baby names sparkled once again on the September Birth Announcements forum.

There was one pair of perfectly paired twin names: Isabel Therese and Leo Henri. Unusual names included Winry, Geddy, Hercule and Woods, plus middles Obelia and Calloway, and sibs Blythe Lavender, Ignatius Peter, Indigo Robert and Hespera Catherine Ophelia. Wow!

Here’s the full contingent.

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Baby Name Trends: Names on the rise

by Clare Green

This week’s news includes baby name trends, the fastest-rising names of the last five years, cute and clever nicknames for girls, and names you’ve never heard before from Scandinavia and South Africa.

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