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Mystery Monday: Malia, Melia, Melea, Malea… –

Mystery Monday: Malia, Melia, Melea, Malea… – | Name News | Scoop.it
This month’s mystery isn’t a name, but a name group. The group saw its highest-ever usage in circa 2009, thanks to presidential daughter Malia Obama, but it also saw a strong rise in us…
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The Fran Clan: Frances, Francesca and Frankie Return

The Fran Clan: Frances, Francesca and Frankie Return | Name News | Scoop.it
Names started with Fran are suddenly back in style.
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Sean + Jack, Molly + Mia - how we reinvent names

Sean + Jack, Molly + Mia - how we reinvent names | Name News | Scoop.it
Names have splintered and fragmented over the ages. We’ve translated them, misunderstood them, mashed them together and split them apart again.
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An especially good newsletter this week. I love these musings about "onomastic alchemy".

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Baby Names Meaning God is Gracious | Baby Names Meaning | Babynames.co.uk

Baby Names Meaning God is Gracious | Baby Names Meaning | Babynames.co.uk | Name News | Scoop.it
Even if you are not particularly religious, these baby names would still make great choices for your little one! All of them mean ‘God is Gracious,’ and you can see how the common name John has developed and changed throughout history and with different cultures. Evan Evan may be considered an anglicised form of the… Read More
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In other ones, they're all (ish) in the massive extended John family.

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Freshen Up: Alice

Freshen Up: Alice | Name News | Scoop.it
Alice is a well-loved classic coming back into fashion after a drop that began in the 30’s. For parents who aren’t keen on the classic form, there are plenty of other options. Alix- This Medieval French variant of Alice (technically pronounced a-LEEKS) shares the toughness and spunk common to most –x ending names. I…
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Everyone's thinking about the Alice family this week, which is great. If you like this see also:

https://onomasticsoutsidethebox.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/the-many-forms-of-alice/

and an older post: http://appellationmountain.net/many-faces-adelaide/ 

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Laura Names: Lorelai, Laureline and Lara - Appellation Mountain

Laura Names: Lorelai, Laureline and Lara - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Laura names range from the traditionalish Lauren to the rising folklore favorite Lorelai to French sci fi invention Laureline, plus many more possibilities.
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Ooo Laureline, how beautiful is that?

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There are Fewer Baby Names Than You Think - Appellation Mountain

There are Fewer Baby Names Than You Think - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Even with millions of potential baby names, it can often feel like you have no choices. The good news? Fewer baby names means it *might* be easier to pick.
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I love this picture. There's nothing like a well-thumbed (stroke falling apart) name book.

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Name Help: How 'bout Adalie?

Name Help: How 'bout Adalie? | Name News | Scoop.it
They're welcoming a sister for Hudson and Arlo. Their favorite name so far is Adalie. But is that the best choice? Time for #namehelp!
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João - novas variantes aprovadas em Portugal = João: new variants approved in Portugal

João - novas variantes aprovadas em Portugal = João: new variants approved in Portugal | Name News | Scoop.it
Lista de variantes do nome João aprovadas em Portugal.
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Portuguese parents can call their sons Sean, Ioannis, Giovanni, and even John.

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Name of the Week: Alice

Origin: Alice is a younger form of the Old Germanic name Adalheidis, from the word adalheit "nobility" — literally adal "noble" and heit "sort, kind, type." Adalheidis was such a prolific name that it was used in multiple forms and variants. By the early Middle Ages, it became Adelaid
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I wonder if the diminutive Allet would appeal to parents now? I rather like it.

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2016 Top 50 Alternatives for Girls

Love Emily, but wish it wasn't so popular? Or do you have a grandma Sophia you'd like to name your baby after, but you wish you could make it a little more her own? Read on, as this is a list of familial variants to the top 50 most popular baby names from 2016.
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Österreichs Vornamenstatistik jetzt ganz anders! = Austria's name statistics now completely different!

Statistik Austria hat die österreichische Babynamenstatistik für 2015 veröffentlicht. In zwei Aspekten hat sich die Auswertungsmethode geändert.
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Austria has just released its name statistics for 2015, and it's changed the way it compiles them.

 

It now includes babies born abroad to women who live in Austria; and it groups together not only variant spellings, but also names that are of the same origin. For example,

the top girls' name, Anna, covers:

 

Ana, Anne, Anna, Anne, Anna, Chana, Channa, Haina, Hana, Hanah, Hanna, Hannah, Hena, Iana, Jaana, Jana, Janah, Jannah, Yahna, Yana

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The many forms of Alice

In 2015, Alice was #86 in the U.S., #24 in England and Wales, #35 in Canada, #46 in Australia, #5 in Belgium, #94 in Chile, #70 in the Czech Republic, #24 in France, #40 in Ireland, #64 in Northern Ireland (a.k.a. Ireland by any other name), #48 in Scotland, #47 in New Zealand, #10 in…
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I love how names get changed into Hawaiian - Alice is Aleka. If you like this family of names, read this post on Appellation Mountain too.

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Very International Names (boys)

Boys turn! Again, I decided to try and find out what are currently the most popular name families in the Western world. This data wa
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I take my hat off to Shanamah. Also, yay Iceland!

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