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Archive for February, 2009

A few days ago, inspired by a recent post from Cat, I found myself combing through a long list of Orthodox saints’ names in search of little-heard ancient gems that would wear well on a modern girl. (more…)

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What do the current pope, an infamous traitor, and my favorite breakfast food have in common?  They all share the name Benedict, of course!

Before you think I’m crazy for suggesting you name your child after a poached egg dish, keep reading… (more…)

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We all know that John, David, Matthew, Paul, Mary, Eve, and Rebekah are in the Bible, but here are some names from the Good Book that just might surprise you. (more…)

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She’s a dainty French name with ties to nature and exploration.  If you’re looking for something familiar but rare, you just may want to look her direction. (more…)

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Sophia is a lovely name, isn’t it?  The problem is that everyone else seems to agree!  It is currently a top 10 choice in the U.S. and still seems to be on the rise.  I’m a literature nut, and I fell in love with the name after reading it in two great 18th-century British novels.  However, I’m also a first grade teacher, and after seeing a large crop of Sophia’s sprouting up every year, the name is beginning to lose its appeal.

Luckily, there are quite a few other names with similar qualities, so if you’re in love with Sophia but want something a bit more distinctive for your child, you just might consider one of these appealing substitutes. (more…)

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