Author Archives: Neil Street

Latest German Baby Names Just Released

The most popular baby names in Germany for the year 2010 have just been announced, with Maximilian and Sofie leading the pack. The data is compiled by the German Language Association. If you don’t read German (like me!) a good … Continue reading

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Wenlock and Mandeville

Tickets for next year’s Olympic Games in London go on sale next week, and it got me thinking about those two little curious characters, pictured here, who are the mascots for the Games. Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, the mascots of … Continue reading

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Traditional Scottish Names are New Trendsetters

My great-grandmother, who died many years before I was born, was Scottish. Her family hailed from the city of Dumfries, and her name was Rose, though she went by Annie. I know very little about her, but I have always … Continue reading

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A Weekend Name Story…The Meaning of Michael

In the United States, it was the 4th most popular boy’s name of the 20th Century. In its various forms in different languages, it is one of the best-loved names in the world. It currently ranks # 3 in the … Continue reading

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The Unique Names of H. L. Mencken

With all the buzz about “unique baby names” in the media and on the web, you might be forgiven for thinking that the trend began in the last few decades. Baby Name Wizard author Laura Wattenberg, for example,  pegs the … Continue reading

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A Weekend Name Story…The Origin of Finn

The name Finn comes from Ireland. It’s a very old name, almost as old as Ireland itself. The story of Finn begins almost 2,000 years ago, in the south and east of Ireland. There, according to Irish mythology, Fionn mac … Continue reading

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