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Christmas Baby Names

Christmas is a joyful time of year. If you’re adding a baby to your family, then your Christmas is full of even more blessings than usual. If the idea of giving your Christmas baby a Christmassy name appeals to you, consider one of the names on this list: BABY NAMES ASSOCIATED WITH CHRISTMAS CAROL –… Continue reading Christmas Baby Names

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Space-Themed Baby Names | Astronomy Names

One of my favorite books growing up was a coffee table book full of space images. It completely captured my imagination. I remember spending hours and hours looking through every page over and over again. Maybe this is why I’ve always been interested in names with space-themed meanings and connections. Here are a couple lists… Continue reading Space-Themed Baby Names | Astronomy Names

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Book-Inspired Names: Paulina, Petrova, and Posy (Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild)

I’m reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild for the first time. Naturally, I’m intrigued by the names. In the first chapter we meet the main characters as babies – Paulina, Petrova, and Posy – and learn how they got their names.

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Character Naming for #NaNoWriMo : A Resource Guide

character naming resource guide for #nanowrimoWhat are you naming your characters?

If you don’t know the answer to that question, you may want to check out my Character Naming Resource Guide:

I gathered all these resources together to save writers time. The guide includes:

  • Links to handy websites
  • The best name books
  • Character naming advice
  • Character name quizzes on each page

Let me know what you name your characters and why. Good luck, writers!

Happy naming ♥ Amanda

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Ask Amanda: I have “Baby Name Regret,” what now?

This edition of ASK AMANDA is a tough one. What do you do when you’ve already named your baby and then you change your mind? Ask Amanda My baby girl was born last year and now she’s 6 months old. I’m really confused because I think I gave her the wrong name. I love her… Continue reading Ask Amanda: I have “Baby Name Regret,” what now?

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Mary Beard’s “Meet the Romans”…and Their Names

This weekend I watched Meet the Romans (it’s available on Amazon Prime if you’re a member). Loved it! The fabulous Mary Beard is a great host and I love how she focuses on the daily life of average people. If you ever go to a museum with me, I’ll drag you to the exhibit that… Continue reading Mary Beard’s “Meet the Romans”…and Their Names

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Name Ideas for Thanksgiving Babies

My gift to you this Thanksgiving? Pilgrim names. Doesn’t sound exciting? Trust me, the Pilgrims had some awesome names. Today, I bring you the list of passengers on the Mayflower. Sure there are 3 ELIZABETHs, 5 MARYs, 6 EDWARDs, 7 WILLIAMs and a whopping 13 JOHNs, but there are some one-of-a-kind gems here, too. Boys… Continue reading Name Ideas for Thanksgiving Babies

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A New Nickname for Anthony

I’ve been listening to the totally engrossing podcast Phoebe’s Fall from the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s about the tragic death of Phoebe Handsjuk. I highly recommend it, but beware that it may be difficult material for some to hear. If you liked NPR’s Serial, then you’ll like this one. I look for interesting names wherever… Continue reading A New Nickname for Anthony

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Westworld: The Hidden Meaning Behind the Character Names

Are You Watching Westworld? I’ve watched the first three episodes of HBO’s new show Westworld and I’m hooked. As soon as I saw that the main character’s name was Dolores, I knew that the character names might reveal some hidden clues about the show. Dolores means “lady of sorrows,” so this was a huge glittery… Continue reading Westworld: The Hidden Meaning Behind the Character Names

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Poldark Fans! Let’s Talk about the Name Demelza

Between being excited that Season 2 of Poldark has started last night on PBS and desperately wanting to take a Viking Cruise, I found myself needing to learn more about the name Demelza. I’m not the only one, right? Here’s what I learned… the name Demelza comes from a Cornish place name – Demelza, in… Continue reading Poldark Fans! Let’s Talk about the Name Demelza