Oh, When the Babies Go Marching: The Saint West Name Review

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Historically, it has required a lifetime of virtue, charity, and piety to be declared a saint. However, when Kim and Kanye (AKA Kimye) announced their newborn son’s name on Saturday, they showed the world that at least for this new...
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It’s Anaan not Allen: Personal Names and Cultural Identity

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As naming consultants, when we're naming products or companies we generally recommend a name that's easy and intuitive for target audiences to say and spell. But when naming babies? Well, ease of pronunciation can often take a second seat to...
By |May 28th, 2014|Catchword, In-the-News, Language Use|Comments Off on It’s Anaan not Allen: Personal Names and Cultural Identity

Use the Social Security Database to Name Your Baby

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Forget baby naming books. Look to the Federal government to help name your baby. Really. The Social Security Administration's Popular Baby Names website offers the best baby naming tool you’ll find anywhere. In this guide, I’ll offer some tips for using these...
By |May 8th, 2013|Fun Stuff|Comments Off on Use the Social Security Database to Name Your Baby

Laurel Quoted Again at Mashable.com

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Mashable.com recently ran a piece about Baby Name Apps. The article by Vignesh Ramachandran lists 10 apps that help parents-to-be choose a baby name.  The apps feature tools ranging from name etymology to a poll for your Facebook friends. CLICK...
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Laurel Quoted at Mashable.com

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Mashable.com ran a piece today about Babies Named After the Internet and Tech. The article by Vignesh Ramachandran gives eight examples of baby names inspired by current techie trends. CLICK HERE to read the full article including some quotes from...
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How to Name Baby (or Company) Without Handicapping It for Life

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For someone in the naming business, Alexander McQueen's 1922 book How to Name Baby without Handicapping It for Life is downright spooky. For one thing, it begins with a quote from Socrates that seems more appropriate as a slogan for the naming industry...
By |March 4th, 2013|Naming Tips|Comments Off on How to Name Baby (or Company) Without Handicapping It for Life

That’s My Baby: Naming, Celebrity-Style

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So David & Victoria Beckham had their first baby girl Sunday, and named her Harper Seven. As an ambisexual name, Harper certainly works.  But what's with the 7? Apparently, the Beckham infant weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, was born on the seventh...
By |July 12th, 2011|Fun Stuff|2 Comments

Father’s Day Special: 5 Things Every Dad Should Know about Baby Naming

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If my dad had carried the day, I would probably have been named Bethesda. As it was, my parents came to a workable compromise, and my proper name is Beth Linda. Not as memorable as Bethesda, but probably not as...
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“Twilight” Deadens Our Souls and Pervades Our Culture: Top Baby Names of 2009

I won't try to hide the fact that I have seen the two Twilight movies and I'm likely to see the upcoming third installment. I even went so far as to read the first book, and kept stopping to rant...
By |June 24th, 2010|Fun Stuff, Language Use|Comments Off on “Twilight” Deadens Our Souls and Pervades Our Culture: Top Baby Names of 2009

Mother’s Day Special: Catchword’s 10 Rules for Branding Your Baby

What does naming a baby have to do with naming a laundry detergent? More than you might think. Just as a good commercial brand name creates positive interest and helps that brand make its way in the world, the right...
By |May 10th, 2010|Catchword, Fun Stuff, In-the-News, Language Use|Comments Off on Mother’s Day Special: Catchword’s 10 Rules for Branding Your Baby