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Did Romeo Have a Brother?

My daughter is due with her second baby boy soon. Her first son is named Romeo Louis. Romeo was his daddy's nickname when he was little. At first, not too many people liked the name, but when he was born, he looked every bit his name. It's perfect for him, and now everyone likes it!

My daughter would like to keep up with the same theme, kind of, and has been thinking about Valentino or maybe even Casanova. Most everyone can't stand those names, and she isn't sure of them either. I have suggested Royce, Rhett, and Ryker—going with "R" names. I even like Lorenzo, keeping up with the "O" at the end. Any input, advice, or name suggestions would be much appreciated!

–Romeo's Grandma

You've made some smart suggestions, Grandma. Romeo is a tough act to follow! Steering your daughter toward complimentary names that don't fall into the category of "notorious romantic fictional characters" seems wise. And Romeo has much more familiarity, and usage, as a contemporary first name than Casanova does (according to the U.S. Social Security Administration, it's given to fewer than 10 baby boys a year).

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Brit Reality Star Myleene Klass' Heroic Turn For Baby No. 2

Brit Reality Star Myleene Klass' Heroic Turn For Baby No. 2

British reality TV personality Myleene Klass welcomed her second daughter over the weekend and gave her a first name with a strong and courageous meaning: Hero Harper Quinn.

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Shakespeare Names: The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare Names: The Merchant of Venice

Last Saturday we took a look at the names of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, and today we look at The Merchant of Venice.  Though the two plays are running in New York's Central Park, the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park productions tend to get nation-wide exposure -- thanks to the stars (Al Pacino this year) and to the philosophy (it matters that everyone go to the theater, regardless of income, so free tickets).  And thanks, of course, to Shakespeare.  Presidents from Lincoln to Obama have turned to his plays for advice; authors and filmmakers turn to this words for titles (think The Sound and the Fury and What Dreams May Come); and his expressions are everywhere in our daily speech (one fell swoop; what's done is done; it was greek to me; in my mind's eye).  So, we wonder, what does Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice provide for naming inspiration?

The Merchant of Venice

Shylock

  • Unlikely to be appearing on the charts.  Merchant is perhaps the most infamous of Shakespeare's plays -- given the play's anti-Semitism and how Shakespeare depicts Shylock -- and it's impossible to separate the name from the play and its disturbing discrimination.

Portia

  • A strong and sexy name, it also sounds intelligent and commanding.  
  • Not likely to be shortened.
  • Also seen in Julius Caesar
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New Baby Alert: John C. McGinley Gets Fresh with his Baby Name

New Baby Alert: John C. McGinley Gets Fresh with his Baby Name

John C. McGinley and wife Nichole have a new daughter: Kate Aleena, PEOPLE reports.  She's a sister for Billie Grace, born in 2008, and for McGinley's son Max.

Aleena may be hot, but we think Kate sounds fresh.

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