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Will Vikings Ransack My Daughters' Names?

My husband and I fell in love with the name Thora. We like that it's feminine, unique, traditional, and from his family tree. My only hesitation is that our first daughter is named Freya, which is the name of the Norse goddess of love and beauty—and Thora is the derived from the masculine Norse god Thor. I don't want people to think my husband and I are Norse mythology fanatics! Or think my daughter has a masculine name. Are those too many strikes? We had reservations about Freya too, but we're so happy we decided to choose it for our first daughter after all.

–Freya's Mom

It makes perfect sense that parents who love Freya would also be drawn to Thora—and not, as you point out, just because they face the twilight of the gods together. Both names are short and impactful, clearly feminine but full of brisk, strong sounds, and contain a mix of soft and harsh elements. They fit together beautifully without rhyming or obvious repetition. Their shared Scandinavian heritage is a point of obvious union, but no more remarkable than a pair of sisters named Francesca and Gabriella or Bernadette and Jacqueline.

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Can You Scrub Away Thoughts Of Cleaning Products And Name Your Baby Ajax?

Can You Scrub Away Thoughts Of Cleaning Products And Name Your Baby Ajax?

Talk about an exhibit!

New York City artist Marni Kotak generated a big buzz for her latest project — turning the birth of her child into performance art. She converted her Brooklyn studio space into a birthing center, where people were invited to witness the lead up to and delivery of her baby in an exhibit dubbed “The Birth of Baby X.” About 20 people piled into the studio space for Baby X’s big arrival on Tuesday morning, including a midwife and doula who were hired to oversee the labor. At 10:17 am, the star of the show arrived. Marni and her husband, Jason Robert Bell, named their baby boy Ajax.

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Names in the News: All Too Huma-n Twitter Scandal

Names in the News: All Too Huma-n Twitter Scandal

Huma Abedin, once best known as the glamorous, unflappable beauty who kept Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on track, is now better known as the glamorous, unflappable beauty married to the latest congressman to flame out over that teenage hobby, sexting. 

That's right: Anthony Weiner is married to this woman. And it turns out that her name is every bit as impressive as she is.

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