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Win $10,000 in Baby Name Contest, But There's A Catch

Quinoa baby nameIt’s a baby name contest. There’s a restaurant that’s offering $10,000 if parents will choose an off-beat baby name: Quinoa (read more). Apparently before launching, they looked high and low and can’t find anyone named after this super food from the Andes. Really? Can’t imagine why no one has named their baby after a grain!

The ladies on CBS’ The Talk were were hysterical bantering about this unique baby name proposition, but had a great idea: name the baby, show the birth certificate and collect the prize, then change the name!

Are grain-y names going to become the new trend? Wheat, Barley, Oats, Corn. Please, say it ain’t so!


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Betting on History for Name of Royal Baby

British bookmakers are taking wagers on the sex and name of royal baby and I bet you can put some money down on the odds in Vegas too. I’ve read that royal watchers seem to be betting heavily that William and Kate will name a female heir Alice ( I think it’s a lovely name but don’t put any money on it!

Alice has been bandied around as a royal name since the 1800’s. Queen Victoria named her third child Alice Maud Mary. Alice married a German nobleman and went off to live in a Gran Duchy. Alice didn’t live very long—she died at age 35. She was also the mother of Alix who married Czar Nicholas of Russia, and as Empress of Russia was killed with her entire family in the Revolution.  A lesser member of the royal family and a line that ended in tragedy… Alice doesn’t sound like a winner for the Windsors.

There’s been no Queen Alice of England, so the name isn’t steeped in British tradition, not enough to make it to the top of the list.  I can’t picture the royals choosing a name that hasn’t already been tried out on a monarch.

I’ll tell what is the sure bet… Elizabeth. William has said that he has a good relationship with is grandmother: Queen Elizabeth II. Since the queen is alive and kicking, it would been a lovely way to honor her more than 50 years on the throne.  William is also old enough to remember the beloved Queen Mother, and yes, she was another Elizabeth!

So family connections favor Elizabeth, but so does British history. Since William and Kate’s first born, George, is the heir apparent, then this next child will be further down the line to ascending the throne. But what if history repeats itself—after the death of Henry the VIII his two oldest children Edward and Mary had short-lived reigns, before their long reigning and influential sibling Queen Elizabeth I became queen. Elizabeth is a name that would bode well to reflect Britain’s golden age in history.

My vote is in. Elizabeth.

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Quincy and Quintana

quincy-quintinaLooking for “Q’s”? We’ve just added two cute Q names to the Antique Baby Names Shop. Quincy reckons back to America’s 6th president, John Quincy Adams, whose term ended in 1829. Quintina is a mid-century (19th century!) that was found in Louisiana records and was used also in Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi.


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English Names for Baby

Thinking of an old-fashioned baby name with a bit of British flare?
Our newest additions will appeal to the anglophile parents-to-be.

Today we’ve added Petula and Terence

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We've Got Old Fashioned Baby Names to Wear!

We’ve been asked where to get baby gifts with all those old fashioned baby names we have on our website. We’ve heard you. We now have adorable Antique Baby Names’ shirts, and onesies. There are so many names that we’re working hard to get the items designed and up on the site. Please visit the shop. If you don’t see your baby’s name — let us know. We’ll do our best to design something for your little one!

Today we’ve added Harry and Gabriella

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Ellen Takes On Funny Technology Baby Names

redbirdTechnology names may become the accepted baby names of the future. Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple the proverbial “apple of my eye” or is she named after her favorite computer? I prefer the old fashioned baby names and would probably name a baby Wordsworth rather than WordPress!

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Vintage Baseball Names

Baseball Baby NamesTis the season… it’s baseball season. Having a spring baby may be a great reason to let dad enter the name game and come pull some great names from the record books.

Thinking that all ballplayers were guys so their names were only for baby boys? There are plenty of unisex names like Jackie (Jackie Robinson who the new movie 42 is about).  Even some of the “boyish” names for a girl can prove a unique name like Ty or Cy (Ty Cobb and Cy Young).

Looking back to ballplayers of a hundred years ago, there are some interesting names on the 1913 team rosters:  Chet, Lute, Rollie, Birdie, Esty, Ivy, Buck.

Consider borrowing a last name for baby’s first name. All-round great athlete Jim Thorpe was the gold medal winner in the Pentathlon and also the Decathlon in the 1912 Olympics and a player on the 1913 New York Giants.  How about Maris for a girl, like Roger Maris who hit 61home runs in 1961!

Enjoy plotting a sporty name!

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Consumer Groups Call for Recall of Bumbo Baby Seat

In November 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission put out a caution for parents of the use of the Bumbo Baby Seat.  The warning was against using the seat on elevated surfaces.  USA Today reports 33 head injuries and that when the manufaturer was approached for comment of why a belt wasn’t added to the seat— a safety strap would give parents a “false sense of security.” Five consumer groups are calling for a recall of this baby product.  The conumer group Kids In Danger points out on their website, “Most parents are probably also unaware that unlike bouncer seats, high chairs, booster seats and other products they may use with their infants, there are no safety standards or safety testing required for seats like the Bumbo.”  This probably won’t be the end of Bumbo in the news. Perhaps this should be renamed more aptly the Bump-o seat!

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