Strong, Brave Warrior Girls

Parents have long sought strong names for their sons. Macho names like Gunner and Wolf have a distinct appeal for boys. But increasingly, parents are looking for names that reflect qualities of courage and strength for their daughters as well. Gone are the days of dainty girls and tough boys- modern parents see the benefits […]

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Fascinating M Names

Part 13/26 Magalie- This unusual French form of Madeleine (via Magdelene) makes for a highly distinctive but very wearable choice. Mandolin- It’s more famous as a musical instrument (pictured), but Mandolin, and variant spellings like Mandalynn and Mandalyn, is occasionally used in the US. The popularity of the Mandolin crowd unsurprisingly follows the ups of […]

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Made-Up Names: The Pros and Cons

Nameberry is having a super fun contest- invent a name! There are lots of great submissions. I spotted Isadela, Avantine, Samadhi, Viterra, and Candem. My entry was Maxienne, which I loosely based on Maximus. Although the contest seemed well received, I don’t think invented names generally are. “That sounds made-up!” is a common phrase on […]

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Names Invented By Shakespeare

Shakespeare didn’t just have a way with words; he had a way with inventing words. We owe quite a bit of our everyday language to Shakespeare- he’s responsible for “eyeball,” “addiction,” “bedazzled,” “swagger,” “assassination,” and many, many others. But he didn’t stop with words; he also invented names, some of which have become surprisingly common. […]

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Nature Names That Aren’t Plants Part III: Geography

River- River is something of a phenomenon among celebrities- Jamie Oliver, Jeff Goldblum, Paulina Gretzky, Taylor Hanson, and Keri Russell have chosen the name for their sons, and Kelly Clarkson used it for her daughter. It’s likely that River’s go-with-the-flow image, along with its trendy -er ending, contributed to its popularity. Delta- Another river-related celebrity […]

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