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Gō (ごう)

Gō (ごう) | Name News | Scoop.it
Sources Pronunciation guide (Main) gender: Male Pronunciation: go: [ɡó̞ò̞] Variant transcriptions: Go, Goh, Gou Etymology and/or ways to write: Though any suitable single kanji with the reading gō can be used here, in fairness, only a select few are worth mentioning here, such as 剛 or 豪 (occasionally, also 強) meaning "strong, hard" and 郷…
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The Surprising Story of Boys Ending in -A

Boys' names ending in -a used to be rare--but not anymore. Starting around 1970, the whole picture changed.
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Ask : A Baby Name with Bohemian and Modern Style

Ask : A Baby Name with Bohemian and Modern Style | Name News | Scoop.it
Looking for a baby name with bohemian and modern style? See our suggestions for names like Leo, Bennett, Oakland, and Jacob!
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Sunday Summary: We're Missing Cross-Pollination

Sunday Summary: We're Missing Cross-Pollination | Name News | Scoop.it
Talking about the power of hearing names IRL, plus Lilibet in Russian, the potential of Cara and Mae, and all of those a-ending boy names.
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Girl Names Ending with INE: Ondine and Josephine

Girl Names Ending with INE: Ondine and Josephine | Name News | Scoop.it
Girl names ending with ine range from classic Katherine + Caroline to out-there Tourmaline + Eglantine, plus everything in between.
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Girl Names Starting with P: Penelope, Poppy, Pimm

Girl Names Starting with P: Penelope, Poppy, Pimm | Name News | Scoop.it
From rising favorites Penelope + Poppy to oh-so-rare Perpetua + Pimm, girl names starting with P seem to be on everybody's list these days.
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The Qs of Medieval Mongolian, Arabic, Dutch, English, and Scandinavian names

The Qs of Medieval Mongolian, Arabic, Dutch, English, and Scandinavian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Since there are no Medieval Italian or Medieval Tuscan names starting with Q, today is a wildcard. I made sure not to repeat any of the Medieval Q names I used in my 2018 post. Unisex names: Qaliyun (Mongolian) means "otter." Male names: Qongqor (Mongolian) means "chestnut" (the horse colour). Quant (Scandinavian) derives from the…
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The Os of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Os of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Male names: Odart (I) derives from Old High German root ot and Old Saxon od (riches, wealth), and Old High German hart and Old Saxon hard (strong, hard). This name is also Medieval French, Medieval Scottish, and archaic Estonian. Odelschalk (I) derives from Old High German root uodal (homestead, heritage) and Old Saxon skalk and Old High German scalh, scalc (servant). This…
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The Ms of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Ms of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Male names: Maffeo, Mafeo (T), Mazzeo (I) are forms of Matthew (gift of God). This was also a Venetian name. Mancinagross (I) means "large/great left-handed person." Manens (I) means "abiding, remaining, staying." Marculfo, Marcolfo (I) is a form of Ancient Germanic name Marculf, which derives from Celtic root mara (horse; marah in Old High German) or…
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The Ks of Medieval German names

The Ks of Medieval German names | Name News | Scoop.it
Since there are no Italian names starting with K, today is a wildcard letter. I chose German names as a substitute, since there are so many with this letter, and I only used one German K name when I did my general Medieval names theme in 2018. Male names: Kalogreant is the German form of…
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The Is of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Is of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Male names: Inghiramo (I) derives from Ancient Germanic roots Ing (a powerful god) and hraban (raven). Isabello (I) is a male form of Isabella (originally a nickname for Elizabeth, which means "my God is an oath"). Isambert (I) derives from Old High German and Old Saxon root isarn (iron) and Old High German beraht and Old…
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Baby Girl or Boy, Sibling to Ethan and Sophia

Baby Girl or Boy, Sibling to Ethan and Sophia | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi Swistle, My husband and I are expecting our 3rd child, and we don’t know the gender. We’ve essentially agreed on Eliana for a girl, but for a boy I’m torn between 2 names- Nicholas and Benjamin.…
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Names that Are Gender Neutral Leaning Masculine

Names that Are Gender Neutral Leaning Masculine | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi Swistle, I am writing at the request of my cousin, who has a non-baby but still-naming question, if you’d be open to assisting. My cousin’s name is Trudy with a J, but they are non-b…
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Rima (りま)

Rima (りま) | Name News | Scoop.it
Sources Pronunciation guide (Main) gender: Female Pronunciation: rʸee-mah [ɾʲí.mà] Etymology and/or ways to write: Here are most of the kanji used for this name: ri (り) ma (ま) 莉 part of 茉莉 (matsuri) "Arabian jasmine" 真 "truth" 里 "village" 茉 part of 茉莉 (matsuri) 梨 "pear" 麻 "hemp, flax" 理 "reason, logic" 舞 "dance" 璃…
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Noah, Jack, Jack, James

Noah, Jack, Jack, James | Name News | Scoop.it
We know instinctively that younger parents often name very differently than older ones. Now new data from Scotland offers some fascinating insights.
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Boy Names Starting with U: Urban and Ulysses

Boy Names Starting with U: Urban and Ulysses | Name News | Scoop.it
Boy names starting with U range from Biblical Uriah to literary Ulysses to a handful of imports, including Ursino and Uli. It's a short list!
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Name Help: Is Bonnie Racist?

Name Help: Is Bonnie Racist? | Name News | Scoop.it
They love the name Bonnie, but does a character in Gone With the Wind make this name off-limits for their daughter?
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Baby Name Micah: Ancient and Modern

Baby Name Micah: Ancient and Modern | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Micah went from ancient Old Testament rarity to on-trend twenty-first century favorite, helped along by classic Michael.
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Name Help: A Sister for Mia and Zoe

Name Help: A Sister for Mia and Zoe | Name News | Scoop.it
Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every week, one reader’s name questions will be discussed. We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight! Ashley writes: We have two daughters, Mia Isabelle and Zoe Katherine. Mia is […]
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The Ps of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Ps of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Female names: Pace (I) means "peace." It's pronounced PAH-chey, not like the English word "pace." Pacifica (I) means "peacemaker." Pasca (I) derives from the Latin word Pascha, Passover. The Jewish holiday often falls out near Easter, and many Indo–European languages' word for Easter derives from that Latin root. Traditionally, the name was given to girls…
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The Ns of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Ns of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Female names: Nencia (I) Nente (I) Nera (I) is the feminine form of Nero, a Roman surname probably of Sabine origin and meaning "vigourous, strong." Nicolosa, Niccolosa (I) is a feminine form of Nicholas (victory of the people). Nofra (I) is a feminine form of Nofri, a short form of Onfredo (Humphrey). It means "peaceful…
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The Ls of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Ls of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Female names: Lagia (I) Laria (I) may be a shortened form of Ilaria, a feminine form of Hilarius (cheerful). Lasia (I) Laudomia (I) is a form of the Greek name Laodameia, which may mean "to tame the people." Liona (T) means "lion." This was also a Venetian name. Lionarda (T) is a feminine form of…
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The Js of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Js of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Since J is a very uncommon letter for Italian names, I wasn't able to find more than a handful for today. Female names: Jacobella (T) is an elaborated feminine form of Jakob. Though the traditional meaning for this name (whose original Hebrew form is Ya'akov) is "heel, supplanter," many modern linguists and Biblical scholars now…
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The Hs of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

The Hs of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names | Name News | Scoop.it
Sorry, I could only find two names for today, and was unable to locate any male names in either category. It's a very uncommon letter in modern Italian names too. Female names: Honesta (I) comes from a Latin word meaning "reputable, honourable, respected, distinguished." Humiliana (I) comes from the Latin word humilis (humble).
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Baby Girl or Boy, Sibling to Elliott

Baby Girl or Boy, Sibling to Elliott | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi Swistle, Hoping you can help us out! I am due in 2 weeks with my second baby. I haven’t found out what the baby’s sex will be but am hung up on boy names. Baby boy names at the top of the list a…
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