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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by Annie New

Looking for an artistic baby name?

As an art history student, I spent three years studying the biographies, influences and techniques of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Eduard Manet, and Rembrandt. But it’s the names of the people they painted that are also of interest to name nerds like me.

Art history’s most famous models just happened to have some intriguing names as well as beauty and charm. With appellations ranging from Ginevra to Adele to Simonetta, the collection is as varied and cosmopolitan as today’s popularity lists. Let’s take a look.

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by Emma Waterhouse

Our Question of the Week: What’s your biggest baby name turnaround?

 We’ve all been there: an old favorite suddenly loses its lustre, or a new love appears as if from nowhere and shoots straight to the top of your list.

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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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Cool Modern Names in the News

By Emma Waterhouse

This week’s name news includes a host of starbaby girls with cool modern monikers, namesake naming at its best (and weirdest), and the secret to choosing a winning name…

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