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Who Knew Victor Hugo was a Name Nerd?

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By Clare Bristow

Victor Hugo, the nineteenth-century French writer best known for Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, was a keen observer of people and society. I’d wager he was something of a name enthusiast, too.

His books contain not just memorably-named characters, but also a lot of comments on names.

If someone has an unusual name, it usually has a back story. For example, Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, was named after the first word in the liturgy on the day he was found as an infant.

Hugo’s characters talk about names, their own and others, just like we do in real life. In Notre-Dame, a group of women laugh at Esmeralda’s outlandish name (although they can hardly talk, with names like Amelotte, Colombe, Mahiette and Oudarde). Elsewhere, a man called Félix complains that his name is a lie because he is not happy.

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January Starbabies: The complete cast

By CaraMichelle

Several high-profile, A-list celebabes arrived on the scene this month, including Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s son Wolf, Saffron Burrows‘s Daisy Alice Winnie, Molly Sims‘s Grey Douglas, Armie Hammer’s son Ford Douglas Armand, and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s boy Montague.  Also, Mel Gibson sired his ninth child, naming him Lars Gerard, and there were two new members of the Jackson family: Janet‘s boy Eissa and Jermaine II’s Soltan.  Two unusual nickname names surfaced as well: A girl named Scottie and a boy named Bluey.

Here’s the complete list:

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February Baby Names to Inspire You

By Meagan Burke

February baby names relate to a wide range of inspiring namesakes. The second and shortest month of the calendar year, February gets its name from the Latin term februum, meaning purification. February is often associated with love and there are a plethora of names to love with ties to this month. Let’s look at this list of February namesakes which includes names ranging from a state, to artists, to several visionaries.

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10 Great Super Bowl Names

By Todd Tarpley

Super Bowl LI (Super Bowl 51 for non-Romans) is here, and for those planning to have a baby–or just name one–during (or soon after) the game, we have the top 10 baby names for you.

First, a trivia tidbit: this is the first Super Bowl in history in which both starting QBs have first and last names worthy of naming rights. Okay, let’s get to the highlights:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to Civil Rights and cultural heroes and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, instead, we’re focusing on the present– the history that’s being made right now with the breakthrough on diversity via the increased numbers of this year’s nominees and winners of various screen awards, with many more people of color making the lists than ever before. These include not just actors but directors, producers, writers and musicians.

Here are some of the more outstanding names.

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