Category: Naming Characters, Pets, and Other Non-Babies

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes names from Iowa, Spain, the world of dogs, and one that’s a bit of a mystery.

Highlights of 2017: Domenica and Donavan

As the end of the year approaches, we’re starting to see round-ups of the names that defined 2017, and local and unofficial  popularity lists.

Did you see the best starbaby names of the year? The stunning Domenica Celine just had time to slip in after food guru Daphne Oz welcomed her new daughter last week.

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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. Here are 11 amazing Sagittarius baby names.

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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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By Joe Satran

At the movie theater, we’re living in the Age of Marvel. Last weekend, Thor: Ragnarok, the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), opened at the top of the box office with a $122 million U.S. debut, pushing the total of the series past the $13 billion mark. That’s almost as much as Harry Potter and Star Wars combined!

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By Kathleen McIntosh

With two new Harry Potter extensions, A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic, set for release on October 20, this is a good time to revisit some of J.K. Rowling’s most cleverly-named characters.

Many names are references or wordplay that, had we been aware as children, reveal that character’s role or personality. Take note, writers: you can really pack a punch with your characters’ names. It’s the kind of clever detail that makes you say “aha!” as a teenager or adult, that engages you, and surprises you years after the fact.

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