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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel does her usual super job of uncovering the most interesting and unusual names in the news.

There’s been no shortage of baby name news in recent days, and the names make for an eclectic bunch.  The week ended with Nameberry’s twelve trends to watch in 2012 post, a mix of what’s in, what’s out, and what isn’t nearly as unusual as you think it might be.

But the biggest trend is one that isn’t limited to a calendar year.  For decades, beginning before the birth of most of today’s parents, there’s been ever increasing freedom to choose your child’s name.  Gender matters less.  Tradition can be overlooked.  Even a name’s status as a given name is less of a concern today, as parents look to the phone book and the dictionary for inspiration.

Except, of course, when they don’t.  For just as some parents are seeking out modern hero names or borrowing from the animal kingdom, others are discovering vintage options, those found on their family trees, or those that reflect the circumstances of their child’s birth.

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