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The most popular baby names inspired by writers

The most popular baby names inspired by writers | Name News | Scoop.it
Choosing a baby name is serious business. Here are 25+ names inspired by our favorite writers.
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Character Names Create Great Stories

Character Names Create Great Stories | Name News | Scoop.it
Choosing great character names is one of the most enjoyable parts of writing any work of fiction, and also among the trickiest.
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The Emergence of Maravene –

The unusual name Maravene popped up in the U.S. baby name data just twice, both times in the 1910s: 1918: unlisted1917: 6 baby girls named Maravene1916: unlisted1915: unlisted1914: unlisted1913: 5 …
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Post von Autorin Auer – Magische Tiere II = Author of "Magic Animals" explains how she chose her character names

Post von Autorin Auer – Magische Tiere II = Author of "Magic Animals" explains how she chose her character names | Name News | Scoop.it
Wie seid ihr auf den Namen gekommen? Ich kann längst nicht mehr zählen, wie oft ich das Eltern in den letzten Jahren gefragt habe. Mal beim Kennenlernen, mal
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Cecelia Ahern welcomed a baby girl over the weekend, and her name is very unusual

Cecelia Ahern welcomed a baby girl over the weekend, and her name is very unusual | Name News | Scoop.it
Cecelia Ahern has welcomed a baby girl, and her name is very unusual.
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Welcome, Blossom!

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Name Quotes #74: Chandler, Snehalatha, Teddy Jack –

Name Quotes #74: Chandler, Snehalatha, Teddy Jack – | Name News | Scoop.it
From the TV show Friends, a quote from character Chandler Bing: You know, I can handle it. Handle’s my middle name. Actually it’s the, uh…the middle part of my first name. From Co…
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Forgive Me, Eleanor

Forgive Me, Eleanor | Name News | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make. It has been weighing on me, a dreadful little tingle of guilt every time I look at the new 4th edition of the Baby Name Wizard book. Now it’s time to come clean and try to make amends. Readers, I left out Eleanor. It’s …
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Allusionist 98. Alter Ego —

Allusionist 98. Alter Ego — | Name News | Scoop.it
Today: three pieces about alter egos, when your name - the words by which the world knows you - is replaced by another for particular purposes. How did John Doe come to be the name for a man, alive or dead, identity unknown or concealed in a legal matter? Strap in for a whirlwind ride into some
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Anais: Baby Name of the Day

Anais: Baby Name of the Day | Name News | Scoop.it
Anais recently returned to the US Top 1000, a staggeringly pretty French twist on Anne. With ties to an ancient goddess, could this be the next big thing?
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The 50 Greatest Writer Names of All Time | The Weeklings

The 50 Greatest Writer Names of All Time | The Weeklings | Name News | Scoop.it
The second “R” is for “redundant.”

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A fun read, found via Abby's Sunday Summary.

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Character-Naming Advice for NaNoWriMo –

Character-Naming Advice for NaNoWriMo – | Name News | Scoop.it
A few days ago, I posted some general advice about naming fictional characters. And today I have another character-naming tip to offer, but today’s tip is specifically for name-lovers plannin…
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When I did it, I definitely changed a few characters' names halfway through - sometimes because I realised a different name would suit them better, sometimes because I forgot what I'd called them and didn't want to look back and lose momentum. Made it a bit confusing to read through afterwards!

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What’s in an Author Name?

What’s in an Author Name? | Name News | Scoop.it
Marie G. Lee was an entity, while I was a person. Called by this name felt as weird as referring to myself in the third person.
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LOVE this essay.

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Anne Rice’s Birth Name Was Howard –

Anne Rice’s Birth Name Was Howard – | Name News | Scoop.it
Did you know that author Anne Rice was born “Howard Allen O’Brien”? The vampire novelist (and creator of Lestat) was born in New Orleans in 1941 to Howard and Katherine O’Br…
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Vornamen-Interview mit Juma Kliebenstein

Vornamen-Interview mit Juma Kliebenstein | Name News | Scoop.it
Sie heißen Martin, Karli, Luna, Stella … die Helden und Heldinnen der von meiner Tochter sehr geliebten Bücher von Juma Kliebenstein. Als ich mich mit der
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About Names: Hawthorne's work has helped keep the name Nathaniel famous

About Names: Hawthorne's work has helped keep the name Nathaniel famous | Name News | Scoop.it
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his July 4th column, he looks at the history of the name Nathaniel. Nathaniel is the modern form of a Hebrew name meaning "gi
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Baby Rhymes-with-Fenwick, Sibling to Alice: Willa Katherine?

Baby Rhymes-with-Fenwick, Sibling to Alice: Willa Katherine? | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi Swistle! I am due with my second baby in June. We don’t know the sex, but if it is a girl my husband and I both love the first name Willa. In debating middle names, we’ve somewhat se…
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How to Name Your Characters : Candlepower : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

How to Name Your Characters : Candlepower : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | Name News | Scoop.it

Want to create your own memorable character names? Here are some strategies that work... and some pitfalls to sidestep.

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Choosing Baby's Last Name... and More of This Week's Name News

Choosing Baby's Last Name... and More of This Week's Name News | Name News | Scoop.it
We talk a lot about first names around here, but this week the Washington Post published an article that puts baby’s last name in the spotlight. The piece discusses an expectant couple’s decision to give their baby the mother’s last name. As you’d expect, the story is mostly about the complications with working against a …
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The Ephemeral Mateel –

The Ephemeral Mateel – | Name News | Scoop.it
Kansas newspaper editor Edgar Watson “E. W.” Howe published his first novel, The Story of a Country Town, in his own newspaper, the Atchison Daily Globe, in 1883. Encyclopedia Britannic…
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Marijuana, Politics, and a Little Romance

Marijuana, Politics, and a Little Romance | Name News | Scoop.it
Romance novelist superstar Judith Krantz passed away over the weekend at the age of 91. (Side note: her middle name, Bluma-Gittel, means “lovely flower” in Yiddish!)
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Over 500 Unique Literary Baby Names for Bookish Parents-to-Be

Choosing what to name your baby may be one of the hardest decisions ever. I’m not a parent, but I'm pretty sure I would turn to books for inspiration. There are so many literary baby names to choose
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Possibly the most comprehensive collection of literary baby names I’ve read - and not an Atticus in sight.

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Sunday Summary: Katie Bouman, Scientist

Sunday Summary: Katie Bouman, Scientist | Name News | Scoop.it
Do we hear traditionally feminine names and think that Arabella or Evie or Gianna or Lula can’t possibly be a CEO or a successful politician or a scientist who breaks new ground?

Because Katie reminds us that it’s very possible.
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All the best name news of the week, plus great thoughts about strong women.

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Dr. A.D. Brickler delivers last baby after 60 years of Tallahassee deliveries

Dr. A.D. Brickler delivers last baby after 60 years of Tallahassee deliveries | Name News | Scoop.it
He's tied to giants in black history. His middle name comes from Alexandre Dumas, the black French author of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo." 

Brickler's great aunt was Harriet Tubman
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A father's letter to an infant daughter: 'I wanted my last name to be a burden'

A father's letter to an infant daughter: 'I wanted my last name to be a burden' | Name News | Scoop.it
You don’t know it yet, but every time someone asks can you spell that? you’re going to feel the sting of lineage, the gentle hand of ancestry.
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Duana Names: On Spelling Lainey Gossip Lifestyle

Duana Names: On Spelling Lainey Gossip Lifestyle | Name News | Scoop.it
We started at Jane, passed by June, took a turn at Gemma, and then there was Djuna Barnes's wonderful book Nightwood sitting on the shelf, and I became obsessed.
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