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6 Reasons To Second Guess Your Baby Name Choice

6 Reasons To Second Guess Your Baby Name Choice | Name News | Scoop.it
It's your baby, and therefore the baby name decision is all yours. But before you take the plunge, consider these six questions.
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Apostrophe S or not? Possessives and store names

Apostrophe S or not? Possessives and store names | Name News | Scoop.it
Our minds tell some of us that it definitely needs the extra letter. That “s” — so brief, so unobtrusive, so natural sounding — sneaks easily into our lexicon. But oftentimes it’s unnecessary.
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Dad's 'chavvy' and 'lower-class' baby name demand causes huge row with other parents - Mirror Online

Dad's 'chavvy' and 'lower-class' baby name demand causes huge row with other parents - Mirror Online | Name News | Scoop.it
I frequently see the majority on here post how they dislike hyphenated names - is there any particular reason?

"My other half is insisting on it and I've always liked them so just wondering the feelings on it.
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There are reasons people may want to avoid hyphens, but class shouldn't be one.

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France bars Breton baby name over an apostrophe

France bars Breton baby name over an apostrophe | Name News | Scoop.it
A new row has broken out between Brittany and French authorities after a Breton couple were barred from giving their baby their chosen name - because it had an apostrophe in it. The decision has been described as "intolerable linguistic discrimination".
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New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs releases list of baby names denied in 2017

New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs releases list of baby names denied in 2017 | Name News | Scoop.it
Tough luck if you fancied naming your kid "Legion-King".
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Voters with ‘Ethnic’ Names Score Big Win in Georgia - WhoWhatWhy

Voters with ‘Ethnic’ Names Score Big Win in Georgia - WhoWhatWhy | Name News | Scoop.it
The voting rights of minorities are under attack in Georgia — as they are in many GOP-controlled states. This month, however, voters with “foreign” names booked an important win in the Peach State.
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Found via the American Name Society

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GloZell Green Welcomes Daughter O’Zell Gloriana De

GloZell Green Welcomes Daughter O’Zell Gloriana De | Name News | Scoop.it
The YouTube comedian welcomed her first child, a daughter, with husband Kevin Simon on Thursday, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively
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The Art of Naming: Potentially Hyphenated Names Used for Boys in the US

The Art of Naming: Potentially Hyphenated Names Used for Boys in the US | Name News | Scoop.it
Since the SSA's data doesn't account for any hyphens and writes it all as one name, it is impossible to know how these names are truly intended to be written. Perhaps the name was meant to be written as one, or maybe the child received two first names rather than a first and a middle.
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These look like strong candidates. Oh USA, why u no acknowledge punctuation?

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Ethnic Groups Face Dilemma Over Punctuation Inconsistencies

Ethnic Groups Face Dilemma Over Punctuation Inconsistencies | Name News | Scoop.it
Inconsistencies in the use of punctuation marks is making reading official documents and shopping online via smartphones somewhat difficult for China's ethnic minorities.
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Shu-Dhjai’Drion: ‘Gettonamen’ zijn populairder dan ooit = "Ghetto names" are more popular than ever.

Shu-Dhjai’Drion: ‘Gettonamen’ zijn populairder dan ooit = "Ghetto names" are more popular than ever. | Name News | Scoop.it

‘Gettonamen’ worden ze vaak misprijzend genoemd: voornamen die eruit zien alsof de ouders de scrabbledoos hebben omgegooid en het resultaat bij de burgerlijke stand hebben opgegeven. GhëarmiangelijannoMy’SherainoCher’Li-VaiëRea-Frayneleë, de lijst is elk jaar weer eindeloos.

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Don't worry, you're in safe hands as Maarten explores the rise of this style of names.

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Le-pas-fin-palmarès-des-prénoms-originaux-inusités-créatifs-pas-pareils-que-les-autres*, cuvée 2015 = The most original/unusual/creative/not-the-same-as-the-others name awards 2015

Le-pas-fin-palmarès-des-prénoms-originaux-inusités-créatifs-pas-pareils-que-les-autres*, cuvée 2015 = The most original/unusual/creative/not-the-same-as-the-others name awards 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
À la demande (op)pressante de certains parents outrés depuis l'an dernier par notre palmarès annuel (qui existe depuis 2008...), il a changé de nom... pour le mieux (osons-nous l'espérer!).
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I've been waiting all year for this! The best thing (apart from the names, of course) is the categories. Roughly translated:


  • Similar yet different
  • Obscure references
  • Cutie-wutie pie
  • That's not gonna beat Léa or William any time soon [the no.1 names in Quebec]
  • Didn't really need that hyphen
  • We used both our favourite names
  • Wesmoosheditalltogether
  • High Scrabble score
  • Variation on a known name
  • You say/write it faster than normal (or not)
  • Homage
  • Future DJ
  • I need a holiday
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The latest must-have baby accessory: a hyphen

The latest must-have baby accessory: a hyphen | Name News | Scoop.it
Explosion in double-barrelled first names as one in six choices for baby girls now involves hyphenation
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Soll man Vornamen mit Bindestrich vergeben? = Should you forgive a hyphen?

Nein, nein und nochmals nein! Das ist meine unbeirrbare Meinung zur Frage, ob man Vornamen mit Bindestrich vergeben soll. Andererseits, diese Liste mit
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Knud thinks not.  Cue hyphen chat.

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Keke Wyatt Welcomes 10th Child, Son Ke'Riah

Keke Wyatt Welcomes 10th Child, Son Ke'Riah | Name News | Scoop.it
The new baby is the first for Keke Wyatt and husband Zackariah Darring, and her tenth total
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Welcome, Ke'Riah!

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Baby Naming Issue: Hyphenated Middle Names

Baby Naming Issue: Hyphenated Middle Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi Swistle, I have a question for you and your readers regarding hyphenated middle names. A little background – we have four kids and are expecting our fifth, and likely last, baby in the fall. Our…
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The rules you need to follow when naming your child in France

The rules you need to follow when naming your child in France | Name News | Scoop.it
Linguistic battles between the French government and Breton authorities over baby name choices are practically 'de rigeur'. But what are the rules you actually need to follow in France when naming your child?
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Hyphenation for the Nation! (Boys’ Edition)

Hyphenation for the Nation! (Boys’ Edition) | Name News | Scoop.it
With around one in six baby girls born in England & Wales now receiving a double-barrelled moniker, the British love affair with the hyphen is well documented on classroom registers around the country. And it's picking up steam for baby boys too: over 2600 of them received a hyphenated name last year, and that's only…
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Hyphenation for the Nation! (Girls’ Edition)

Hyphenation for the Nation! (Girls’ Edition) | Name News | Scoop.it
Today's starter for ten: what character appears in roughly one in six baby girl names in Britain today? Your mind might jump to a lesser-used vowel like u or a middle-of-the-road consonant like b or v — but the answer is, in fact... the (not-so-)humble hyphen.
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D’Krunk /dəkrə́ŋk/ (female)

D’Krunk /dəkrə́ŋk/ (female) The last sixteen years have been something of a slow burn for names that feature an apostrophe. With the recent appearance of D’Krunk on the naming scene, however, i
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Hyphenated First Names from the WMTM 2015 Name Survey

The Roses Ashlynn-Rose Charlie-Rose Destiny-Rose Eden-Rose Ella-Rose Grace-Rose Isla-Rose Layla-Rose Montannah-Rose Mylah-Rose Veronika-Rose Zahlie-Rose The Lees Dakoda-Lee Esmee-Leigh Laylah-Leigh Ruby-Leigh Shakyah-Lee Stevie-lee Xana-Lee The Mays Angel-May Ashanti-May Evie-May Jarrah-Maie Maggie-May The Jades Avah-Jade Lolita-Jade The Janes Mary-Jane Samantha-Jane The Other Girls Frankie-Blossom Hannah-Louise Mahalia-Joy Millie-Belle Olivia-Grace Ra-Elle Ruby-Jules Shy-Anne Willow-Raigne The Boys Ha-rang Hunter-Ray Lincoln-Jensen…
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American Name Society - promoting the study of names and naming.

In China, minority ethnicities are struggling to use name punctuation in certain official documents and online apps, particularly for e-commerce. The punctuation in question is known as ‘middle dot’. Uygurs, Kazaks and Tibetan people use this mark to separate Mandarin surnames from their given names. Many of the newer online systems weren’t designed to accommodate the names of these ethnicities.
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Blessing-VirginYah: dit zijn de 200 vreemdste voornamen van 2015 = The 200 most unusual names of 2015

Blessing-VirginYah: dit zijn de 200 vreemdste voornamen van 2015 = The 200 most unusual names of 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
Vandaag werd bekend dat Liam en Emma de populairste voornamen van Nederland zijn. Maar wat is populair? 99 procent van de kinderen kreeg een van de 25.000 andere voornamen die in 2015 zijn gegeven.…
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How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season

How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season | Name News | Scoop.it
Pluralization FAQs

Q: What if my last name ends in a “y”?
A: Add an “s.” Do not add “ies” or an apostrophe.
Merry Christmas from the Murphys.
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But Christmas good cheer is more important than punctuation, right guys?....Guys? Why aren't you speaking to me?

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Namengenerator: Wat is jouw gettonaam? = Name generator: What is your "street" name?

Namengenerator: Wat is jouw gettonaam? = Name generator: What is your "street" name? | Name News | Scoop.it
Je kent ze wel: van die voornamen die eruitzien alsof de ouders de Scrabbledoos hebben laten vallen. Ghëarmiangelijanno, Romaé-Kyenno, D’Lychêna-Lee... de overzichten van bizarre voornamen staan er...
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If your name doesn't contain enough punctuation, this is the name generator for you.  Mine is Chyna-J'adore, which I feel gives me a great deal more street credz.

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