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Duana Names: Those You Forgot You Already Loved

Duana Names: Those You Forgot You Already Loved | Name News | Scoop.it
I refuse to use those two little dots, but feel torn between Zoe and Zoey.
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Name Quotes #75: Ossie, Rishabh, Sharona –

Name Quotes #75: Ossie, Rishabh, Sharona – | Name News | Scoop.it
Time for another batch of name quotes! From the novel I Shall Wear Midnight (2010) by Terry Pratchett: [T]he coach door opened again and one dainty good touched the flint. It was her: Angelica or L…
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¡Yo, Adrián! Philly has a record number of Latino candidates, and now their names will be spelled correctly

¡Yo, Adrián! Philly has a record number of Latino candidates, and now their names will be spelled correctly | Name News | Scoop.it
“I’m asking for my name to be representative of who I am. And culturally, as a Latina, that’s very important to me,” Almirón said. “Almiron without the accent on the o … feels a little bit like an erasure.”

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Orthographe du prénom Fañch: la justice donne raison aux parents = Parents win the right to call their son Fañch

Orthographe du prénom Fañch: la justice donne raison aux parents = Parents win the right to call their son Fañch | Name News | Scoop.it
La Cour d'Appel de Rennes a tranché en faveur des parents du petit Fañch. La justice a estimé que le tilde sur le n de son prénom était valable car déjà
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Justice for Fañch's parents! The court has decided they can register his name, tilde and all. One of the arguments was that the French Interior Minister, Laurent Nuñez is allowed to use a tilde. So why not others?

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Name Quotes #63: Aisling, Bertha, Corra –

Name Quotes #63: Aisling, Bertha, Corra – | Name News | Scoop.it
“In honor of Jack Black, the animal trainer named Bertha’s baby Little Jack.”
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Including a boy called Skate!

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World Cup Soccer’s Spanish Accent Mark: For Mexico and a Times Editor, It’s a Win-Win - The New York Times

World Cup Soccer’s Spanish Accent Mark: For Mexico and a Times Editor, It’s a Win-Win - The New York Times | Name News | Scoop.it
Thanks to Paulina Chavira, an editor at The New York Times en Español, the Mexican national team’s jerseys are finally correct.
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How critical are diacriticals? + your favorite quirky boys

How critical are diacriticals? + your favorite quirky boys | Name News | Scoop.it
My best advice is this: if your favorite name is only your favorite name when spelled with an umlaut or a breve or a cedilla, consider how you’ll feel if your child cannot use the diacritic in an official setting.
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Prénom Fañch refusé : la mairie de Quimper revoit sa position = Local authorities in Quimper change their position

Les services de l'état civil de Quimper n'avaient pas autorisé Jean-Christophe et Lydia Bernard d'appeler leur nouveau-né Fañch en raison du tilde sur le "n". La mairie est finalement revenue sur sa décision. 
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Parents in Brittany, France, have won the right to name their son Fañch (the Breton form of Francis/François) - it had been refused by local authorities because of the tilde, but they reversed the decision.

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Baseball Campaign Puts the Accent on Spanish Names

Baseball Campaign Puts the Accent on Spanish Names | Name News | Scoop.it
If you’re seeing more accents on the backs of baseball jerseys, there’s a good reason.
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Huzzah!

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California "Parental Naming Rights" Bill Stalls Out

Members of California government tried (but failed) to force the state to add diacritical marks to birth certificates.
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Gaahh!

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Najib Amhali verandert Novëlle in Novéll – en dat weer in Novèll = Najib Amhali changes his son's name from Novëlle to Novéll – and then to Novèll

Najib Amhali verandert Novëlle in Novéll – en dat weer in Novèll = Najib Amhali changes his son's name from Novëlle to Novéll – and then to Novèll | Name News | Scoop.it
Zit Najib Amhali ons te fucken of heeft hij echt zo slecht nagedacht over de naam van zijn zoontje? In drie dagen tijd is het kind al aan zijn derde naam toe: Hoongelach Ik weet niet wat ik ervan m...
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Accentuating the Positive: Baby names with accents

Accentuating the Positive: Baby names with accents | Name News | Scoop.it
Though they have certain drawbacks, names with accents definitely have a special je ne sais quoi. Guest blogger Alice Pinder presents some of her favorites.
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Nice one, Alice!  I do like a good diacritic, too.  Feels like we're missing out by not having them in English.  I went through a period of being fascinated by Jérôme.  And then there are Celtic ones like Caitríona and Siôn.  Here we have Athénaïs, Ildikó, and more.

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French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle | World news | The Guardian

French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle | World news | The Guardian | Name News | Scoop.it
The row over Fañch or Fanch was settled after the parents’ two-year tussle with officials
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Finally! I hadn't realised this was still dragging on.

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Popular and Unusual Baby Names in Ireland, 2018 –

Popular and Unusual Baby Names in Ireland, 2018 – | Name News | Scoop.it
According to data from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO), the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were again Emily and Jack. Here are Ireland’s top 10 girl names and …
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CSO to recognise names featuring síneadh fada

CSO to recognise names featuring síneadh fada | Name News | Scoop.it
State’s statistical agency did not recognise names with fadas in annual listings
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Nomes e mais Nomes: Tira-Teimas... O caso de Nelson = The case of Nelson

Nomes e mais Nomes: Tira-Teimas... O caso de Nelson = The case of Nelson | Name News | Scoop.it
O blog dos nomes de A a Z. Nomes portugueses e Nomes brasileiros. Significados. Nomes antigos e modernos, rankings, debates!
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Nelson is a name with ambiguous spelling in Portuguese: it can also be spelled Nélson, but that's less popular.

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Name Quotes #62: Alice, Donna, Shachar –

Name Quotes #62: Alice, Donna, Shachar – | Name News | Scoop.it
“If my dad had named me after some of his hobbies, you’d be calling me Carl Yastrzemski Lund or Rapala Lure Lund, and then I’d have to live with that.”
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Een Bretons jongetje mag niet Fañch heten = The Fañch saga continues

Een Bretons jongetje mag niet Fañch heten = The Fañch saga continues | Name News | Scoop.it
Pech voor de jonge vader Jean-Christophe Bernard en zijn vrouw: de rechtbank van het havenstadje Quimper heeft bepaald dat zij hun zoon niet de Bretonse
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Couple vow to fight baby name ruling

Couple vow to fight baby name ruling | Name News | Scoop.it
We believe that it is not the name of Fañch that threatens national unity, but the refusal to recognise the diversity of the languages ​​of the country

"Living in Brittany, anxious to transmit our values, our culture, our specific language, we gave our child a Breton first name with a Breton spelling and pronunciation. We maintain this choice perfectly legitimate.
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More on Fañch. I thought it had been settled and was ok, but apparently not :(

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Nö zu Noél = No to Noél

Nö zu Noél = No to Noél | Name News | Scoop.it
Ob nun Noel, Zoe oder Noemi – ein bisschen ö liegt eigentlich immer in der Luft, wenn o und e sich küssen.
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A discussion about whether it's better to use a traditional or widely-recognised spelling that might occasionally be mispronounced (like Noel might be called "Nöl" in Germany, because of the way umlauts are spelled out), or to use a non-standard spelling to guarantee the right pronunciation.

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Duana Names: Causing Undue Name Pain?|Lainey Gossip Lifestyle

Duana Names: Causing Undue Name Pain?|Lainey Gossip Lifestyle | Name News | Scoop.it

My issue is that, if we name our baby this, unless he moves to Ireland one day, we're pretty much guaranteeing him a lifetime of having to spell out and correct the pronunciation of his name for everyone.



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Sunday Summary: 15th of 2015 - Appellation Mountain

Sunday Summary: 15th of 2015 - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
It's time for the name news of the week! Mary combinations, unusual finds from Alaska and earlier US name lists, plus much love for the letter F.
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I'm thoroughly pro-diacritics.  They're the icing on the tasty cake that is spelling systems.  Oh, and as well as telling you how to pronounce a word, they can even tell you about its history (like the French circumflex showing that there used to be an 's' after the vowel.  I remember being blown away when I learned that at school).


The best search engines and library catalogues do a good job of accommodating searches with and without diacritics, and even with variant spellings (like German 'ue' for 'ü'), so I don't see that they're incompatible with digital technology.


And discouraging awareness and respect for other languages and cultures?  Never a good thing.


Alright, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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Les (Z)imparfaites: Palmarès des pires prénoms - cuvée 2014 = Worst names awards: 2014 edition

Les (Z)imparfaites: Palmarès des pires prénoms - cuvée 2014 = Worst names awards: 2014 edition | Name News | Scoop.it
Cette année encore - pour la 7e édition de notre palmarès - , la liste est remplie de belles trouvailles(merci pour vos envois anonymes -pour la plupart- mais on sait bien que ce sont vos neveux et nièces! ;-)
provenant de la plus récente liste de la RRQ, mais aussi de nos observations et, surtout, des vôtres!
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A long and lighthearted list of unusual names spotted in Quebec this year.  I'm really enjoying the category names:


Why make things simple when you can make them complicated?

I saw the film!

Pronunciation exercise

Names made of their component parts

Hip-hop

Obvious compromise between parents (i.e. smoosh names!)

Just a slight spelling difference

Minimalist

I hold the patent

Variations on a theme of Lou

Hard to wear

Company mascot

I speak English

I found it in an airport

Wordplay

I "love" you

I wanted a boy

Apostrophes are so much cooler than hyphens, so I must insert one

Angels, fairies, and elves

I müst üse à diäçritic beçâüse I löve Swêdïsh növèls

Readers' inventions

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Menno Buch and Boudewijn Büch: to dot or not to dot? = Menno Buch en Boudewijn Büch: puntjes of niet? - Vernoeming.nl

Menno Buch and Boudewijn Büch: to dot or not to dot? = Menno Buch en Boudewijn Büch: puntjes of niet? - Vernoeming.nl | Name News | Scoop.it
De laatste tijd kijk ik elke donderdag trouw naar Buch in de bajes, de documentaireserie waarin Menno Buch een kijkje neemt in de Penitentiaire Inrichting
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A tale of two brothers: one uses an umlaut in his surname, and the other doesn't.  Vernoeming's detective work reveals that their father's name had an umlaut, but the brothers' names are legally registered without.  One brother has opted to restore the family diacritic, and there is some speculation on whether it makes a difference to how he pronounces the name.

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