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Do You Have Baby Names You Love That You Won’t Get to Use?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Don’t tell my husband, but I have a slight case of baby fever. My kiddos are becoming big way too fast. My youngest just lost her first tooth, and my oldest is rolling her eyes and campaigning for a cell phone. Couple that with a teary post I read about how one mom suddenly realized she’d carried her kids for the last time without ever noting that milestone, and a chance to hold my friend’s delicious, chubby baby boy, and I’m thinking it might be nice to have one last baby around the house. I know it’s not going to happen (there’s no such thing as a “surprise adoption”), and I know that realistically, two girls are more than enough for us to manage at this point. And it’s nice to have kids who are old enough to fix themselves breakfast, tie their own shoes and brush their own hair. But babies are just heavenly, aren’t they?

Plus, I have so many baby names I love, that I won’t ever get to use—unless it’s for a future kitten or puppy. If I had another daughter, she’d be Adeline Mary, after two of my great-grandmothers. (After our daughters each got family names, we can’t just go with something we happened to see in a baby naming book, can we?)  Boys are a little trickier. We’d probably give a son the middle name Kenneth, after my dad. But I’m not sure about the family name options. I never met my great-grandfathers, so I don’t have much attachment to their names. There’s a Walter, and I think a Louis and a Charles—both names that were given to my grandfathers. I still love Alexander and Nicholas, which were the two names my husband and I were hashing out before we found out our second child was a girl. And of course, now that I’m deeply immersed in baby names on a daily basis, I’ve found new ones to love: names like Dixon, James and Nolan. And I can’t forget Luke.

Do you have a baby name you love that you’ll never get to use? Share it here!

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Pregnant Grandma over 50 Names Her Babies

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Did you catch our article about the grandmother who was pregnant with twins? She recently gave birth to her sons, and everyone is doing great. She waited until the bris to announce her sons’ names, and following Jewish tradition, she chose strong Hebrew names that had significance within her family. One son is named Shalom Heschel, and the other, Eliyahu Yehuda.

Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace, making it a wonderful choice for a more Zen baby. It’s a unisex name, and its most famous association is with the supermodel Shalom Harlow. Heschel is a variant spelling of Herschel, and means deer. It’s not very popular right now, but Herschel is the name of a character on TVs hit The Walking Dead, so perhaps it may rise in popularity soon.

Eliyahu is an alternative spelling for Elijah, a super popular name (it’s currently number 13 on the top baby names in the US list). It means Jehovah is God. Yehuda is a Hebrew name that means praised. It’s the only name they’ve chosen that is currently on the top 1000 baby names in the country.

Both children were named after ancestors who were strong, intelligent and kind people – the kind of people you would hope your children would become. And that’s exactly why Judy and her family chose those names for their new members.

Some people who know Judy and her family were concerned that their name choices were a bit too “Hebrew”  for the more modern era we live in. What do you think? Would you give your children names that very clearly identify their heritage? Or would you pick names that are more classic and less easily identified with your background?

Image: Baby names by Amir Ridhwan/

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