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

This week’s news includes popular gender-neutral names, trends in South Africa, and what it’s like to share a name with someone famous.

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What Did You Name Your Car?

by Sophie Kihm

October 2nd is National Name Your Car Day in the US. There’s no official data on car names, but surveys count Betsy, Sally, Lucy, Bertha, Bessie, Penny, Stella, Katie, Alice, Steve, Fred, and Herbie among the most popular names for cars.

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

Every TV season or so we scan the video landscape to see if any particularly interesting character names have popped up.  And each time it becomes more and more daunting as the number of new and newish shows on network, cable and streaming platforms has gone through the roof.  But we try.

This year it was nice to see so many Namberryesque names appearing—Camille, Celeste, Elsa, Hermione, Lavinia, Maeve, Marisol, Nova, Prudence, Trixie and Thea, for example. Also, as you’ll see below, a lot of scriptwriters have picked up on the boy-name-for-girls trend.

Focusing on the girl names, here are almost two dozen of the most intriguing TV character names.

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Dog Names: Don’t Name Your Dog Duke!

by Sophie Kihm

It’s a common name-nerd conundrum—wanting a name that’s stylish and familiar but under-the-radar. We hear this request all the time.

This extends beyond baby names. People are looking for unique names for their pets, too. Now that there’s data on the most common names for dogs and cats, pet owners can check their choices’ popularity before making a final decision. Rudy may have seemed like a creative name at one time, but what do you know—it’s ranked #71! 

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Pet Names: Bye-bye Bella!

by Sophie Kihm

Naming a dog and naming a baby, while similar in some respects, are two totally different tasks. We have different requirements for our pet names and our baby names. Children need names that can serve them in multiple contexts over the many stages of life. Dogs don’t.

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