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Last summer, my husband and I took a vacation to Seattle to visit relatives, including his grandmother, who happens to live in a nursing home.  Name enthusiast that I am, I took this opportunity to scan the nameplates on the residents’ doors, figuring I’d see plenty of old gems worthy of revival.  Among the expected Dorothys and Helens and Franceses and Patricias, I spotted a name I’d never seen:

Arleigh

My first thought:  What’s a six-year-old doing in a nursing home?  The name seemed strangely anachronistic, more akin to the Hayleighs and Carlees of today than the Dorothys and Helens of her generation.  Were her parents 80 years ahead of their time, I wondered.  Had they just invented something that sounded cute to them?  Or was this a legitimate name with a century-old history of use? (more…)

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After recently delving into the realm of popular teen fiction, let’s turn in the other direction today and look at a highly literary choice.

Tulliver. (more…)

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Looking for a name that is supremely familiar, fits in with current naming trends, and isn’t in the top 1000?  Consider the literary Louisa. (more…)

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It’s an ancient Roman name, reasonably popular around the turn of the last century, that seems poised for another revival. (more…)

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Following on the heels of Benedick, here’s another Shakespearean choice that just might appeal to the daring and literary. (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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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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