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Sunday Summary: Welcome Autumn

Sunday Summary: Welcome Autumn | Name News | Scoop.it
Naming something is powerful. It transforms a garage sale deal, an impulse buy, an inexpensive souvenir into a full-fledged member of our family.
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Giving unique names to children's toys helps infants distinguish between different objects  | Daily

Giving unique names to children's toys helps infants distinguish between different objects  | Daily | Name News | Scoop.it
The findings suggest that hearing unique names for objects leads infants to remember individual differences among the objects, according to the authors.   

When the same name is applied consistently to a set of objects, infants primarily mentally encode primarily the similarities between objects. 

In contrast, when a unique name is applied to each object, infants encode each object’s unique features.
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According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hearing unique names for toys or objects helps a child remember the unique features between different objects. This helps develop the baby's cognition, saying the word that describes the object, for example, "dog" or "toy". Therefore, language is helping the child develop representation and memory of objects. Read the entire article to learn how the research and testing were developed. 
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A unique namesake idea

A unique namesake idea | Name News | Scoop.it
some people make the presumably rather uncommon decision to name a baby after a much-loved doll or stuffed animal from childhood.
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Love Island: All the baby names the islanders called their babies, from Raymond Junior to Penny-Sue Tinkerbell

Love Island: All the baby names the islanders called their babies, from Raymond Junior to Penny-Sue Tinkerbell | Name News | Scoop.it
Deciding what to name your child is difficult at the best of times. As we've seen in recent weeks, several parents have expressed their regret after naming their children after Game of Thrones characters following the series' shocking ending.
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Sunday Summary: 26th of 2017 - Appellation Mountain

Sunday Summary: 26th of 2017 - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Here’s a #namespotting question. Is Jackson John too repetitive? They’re both forms of the same name, and both can be called very popular indeed. Or is this the kind of thing that only the name obsessed among us would ever notice? Something tells me that it’s the latter. Elsewhere online: Cue the nostalgia. This post …
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A Boy Named After a Toy?

A Boy Named After a Toy? | Name News | Scoop.it
According to the census, a teenage boy named “Radio Rex Musselman” was living in Ohio in 1940. Know what Radio Rex was? A relatively high-tech toy of the 1920s. Radio Rex was the first …
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Top 20 Scout Elf Names

Top 20 Scout Elf Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Now that you’ve adopted one of Santa’s scout elves, here comes one of the most fun parts—picking a name! Here are the top 20 scout elf names as well as a few fun facts about what other families are calling their special North Pole helpers! You may also want to check out the Top 20 Reindeer Names!
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The library where I work has a couple of elves who have been hiding on the shelves recently. We scorned the top 20 and called them Eric and Tallulah.

Found via Abby :)

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The Naming of Things - CatholicMom.com - Celebrating Catholic Motherhood

The Naming of Things - CatholicMom.com - Celebrating Catholic Motherhood | Name News | Scoop.it
One reader had named her cello Bob; Barb calls her guitar Sylvester; and I even learned that Yo-Yo Ma calls his cello Petunia!

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I really enjoyed this post - naming inanimate objects is always a fascinating to me. Always new names, new objects, new stories.

 

Oh, and my cello is called Jack.

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Baby Naming Issue: Older Sibling Wants One Name, Parents Want Another

Baby Naming Issue: Older Sibling Wants One Name, Parents Want Another | Name News | Scoop.it

"I still really like the name Wesley, but it just doesn’t feel like Wesley is this baby’s name. And I can’t get the name Arlo out of my mind."

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My 9yo named his paper bird Primary

My 9yo named his paper bird Primary | Name News | Scoop.it
as he was swooping it around he said, “His name is Primary.”

“Primary??” my 7yo burst out. “That’s a girl’s name!”
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Sunday Summary: Welcome, Owliver! - Appellation Mountain

Sunday Summary: Welcome, Owliver! - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Talking about all things British baby names, pronunciation challenges, kids named Khaleesi in Belgium, and boats called Betty in Boston. Happy Sunday!
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Hats off to Abby's son - it's the perfect name for an owl.


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Sophie the Giraffe is Catholic

Sophie the Giraffe is Catholic | Name News | Scoop.it
Guess who it was named after.

“Sophie the Giraffe, a French children’s toy, was named after Madeleine Sophie Barat because the first toy went into production on May 25, 1961, St. Sophie’s day.” (source)
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Doll and puppet names

Dolls and puppets have a long tradition in horror movies and stories. Who wouldn't be frightened by a doll or puppet coming to life and committing deranged acts, particularly when that doll or puppet already looks really creepy and lifelike? Aldjya (F) means "doll" in Kabyle, a Berber language of Algeria. Bê (F) means "doll"…
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The Doll-Inspired Baby Name Shindana –

The Doll-Inspired Baby Name Shindana – | Name News | Scoop.it
Portion of a Shindana ad (Ebony, Nov. 1971) The intriguing name Shindana appeared in the U.S. baby name data for a total of three years: 1975: unlisted1974: 6 baby girls named Shindana1973: unliste…
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Ren's Baby Name Blog: Halloweek: Haunted Dolls

Ren's Baby Name Blog: Halloweek: Haunted Dolls | Name News | Scoop.it
There are many movies out there featuring haunted dolls some of which have some great names. I gathered some of the most human like names and listed them below.
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Sunday Summary: Amaya and Marshall and Kion and Caliana, too ...

Sunday Summary: Amaya and Marshall and Kion and Caliana, too ... | Name News | Scoop.it
Spotted any great names in children's television series lately? I bet you have ... and lots of other families have, too. Whether it's Kion or Caliana, Marshall or Amaya, something intriguing is underwa
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Legoland is letting kids in for free - but only if they have one of these names

Legoland is letting kids in for free - but only if they have one of these names | Name News | Scoop.it
In order to claim one of the free entry passes, you'll need to share your name with one of the film's main characters; Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Nya, Zane and Cole.

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Cabbage Patch Kids Names From The 80s and 90s | Be A Fun Mum

Cabbage Patch Kids Names From The 80s and 90s | Be A Fun Mum | Name News | Scoop.it
If you were a child of the 80s or 90s, you’d remember the popular, sculptured dolls called Cabbage Patch Kids. Nearly every kid had one, unless your parents
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What a fantastic list! (Although I do find those dolls a bit unsettling...) Found via Abby.

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Barbie Names

Barbie Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Hello, readers! On March 9th, 1959, Barbie made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York, and an icon was born. Thi
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Why I Hate Names

In all seriousness, though, I had fun at G. Willikers in Saratoga, NY. Music: www.bensound.com
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Names EVERYWHERE.

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Names for things

Names for things | Name News | Scoop.it
My 4-year-old declared the other day that his two "blankies" now have names: Leo and Isaac. Not only do I love hearing what my boys name their loveys (usually only stuffed animals -- this was my first experience with blankets!), but I particularly loved Leo and Isaac! What a distinguished and saintly pair! My third…
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S My Name is Sophie: Elf on the Shelf Names

S My Name is Sophie: Elf on the Shelf Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf in your house? The tradition didn't exist when I was a kid, but it's so fun and whimsical--I wish it had! The Elf on the Shelf website lists the 20 most popular name for the registered elves--Nameberry did an comparison between elf names and baby names last holiday season, but I'm here to offer some more creative options for your elf.
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Elf on the Shelf...I just don't get it. But these are jolly Christmassy names, so I'm not complaining.

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Bramwell: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain

Bramwell: Baby Name of the Day - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Bramwell has ties to the Bronte family and a fictional bear. If you're after a rare name for a son, Bramwell might be one to consider.
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I read the title and immediately thought "that's a cuddly name".  Then I read on and remembered Bramwell Bear, and that would be why.

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▶ Q&A! Moving to Iowa? Do I tell people I love names? AND MORE! - YouTube

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