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Is This Nickname Workable, or Weird?

My name is Maria Alejandra, which is Spanish. I'm studying abroad, and nobody can pronounce my full name. I go by Maria for now, but there are about 20 of us and it gets quite confusing. I want to start going by "Malendra." It's a play on both my names and I like the sound of it. However, after doing some searching I've realized that that's a name commonly used by Indian men. Do you think it would be weird if I took it as my name?

–Need to Shed Some Syllables

Making a contraction of a name starting with Maria is a time-honored tradition: Maria Teresa becomes Maite, or Maria Soledad is known as Marisol. So your nickname idea makes a lot of sense.

It's also smart to have some cross-cultural sensitivity about names. If you had invented the name Aditya for yourself, I'd caution that it is a familiar, and hugely popular, name among Indian men and boys.

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New Baby Alert: Alec Baldwin Welcomes A Girl

New Baby Alert: Alec Baldwin Welcomes A Girl

Alec Baldwin is a dad again. The 30 Rock star and his yoga teacher wife Hilaria welcomed a daughter last week and tweeted their happy news on Friday. Baby Carmen Gabriela Baldwin is the first child for the couple and second for Alec whose older daughter (17 year old Ireland) Tumblr’d her welcome to the little one.

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A Little Sister for Leo: Penelope Cruz Welcomes a Daughter

A Little Sister for Leo: Penelope Cruz Welcomes a Daughter

Spanish-born actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz welcomed a daughter on July 22nd in Madrid and the word is out on the little one’s name.  Like big brother Leo, the little girl received an L name.  According to Spanish magazine Vanitatis  the new baby is named Luna Encinas Cruz. Her middle name is not actually Encinas; as is traditional in Spain, she received both her parents’ paternal last names as a two part surname. In all likelihood, when she grows up Luna will use the last name Encinas in everyday life.

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Ali Landry Names New Baby After Pope Francis I

Ali Landry Names New Baby After Pope Francis I

Actress and model Ali Landry welcomed her third child on Thursday, July 11. The former Miss USA shared that new son Valentin Francesco's name is divinely inspired--he takes his middle name from Pope Francis I, the recently installed head of the Catholic Church. 

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Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato Disagree on Baby Names

Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato Disagree on Baby Names

Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Buble appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently to discuss his wife's taste in baby names. The couple, who wed in 2011, announced last month that they're expecting a boy--but they still haven't agreed on a boy name. Michael joked of wife Luisana Lopilato's suggestions, "She's killing me. She's Argentinian, so we fight about the names. She thinks of names that sound beautiful in Spanish...she'll say to me, 'You know what is a good name, Mike? Dirt. Dirt Buble.' I'll say, 'You know, I don't think Dirt means what you think it means,' and she'll say, 'No, it's beautiful, in Spanish it sounds so good!'"

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Help Ana Ortiz Come Up With A Baby Name!

Help Ana Ortiz Come Up With A Baby Name!

Ana Ortiz needs your help choosing a baby name! The Ugly Betty actress is expecting a son with husband musician Noah Lebenzon, and the couple is asking you for name ideas. Ortiz told Latina Magazine that they are open to suggestions, but they do have a few rules:

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On Libertad, Gael Garcia Bernal's Rebel-Luxe Baby Name

On Libertad, Gael Garcia Bernal's Rebel-Luxe Baby Name

Actors Gael García Bernal and Dolores Fonzi have welcomed a daughter named Libertad. Stylish namers, they are also parents to Lázaro

Libertad shares a lot with her English counterpart, Liberty. Both names derive from the Anglo-Norman word meaning 'freedom,' and both have seen action in revolutionary slogans. But like all the best names, this one has opposing stories to tell.

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Why Haven't You Heard This Cowboy and Place Name on a Baby?

Why Haven't You Heard This Cowboy and Place Name on a Baby?

The biggest movie in the US is Rango, in which Johnny Depp voices Rango, an acting-obsessed chameleon who takes on the role of sherriff to a beleagured Old West town. Rango is perhaps the perfect name for a fake gunslinger to assume, mustering all the authentic-Old-West associations of the place name Durango while also giving off the showbiz qualities of Ringo. In fact, it's so perfect, we're surprised no babies named Rango have been born in the US.

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New Baby Alert: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Ladylike Exotics of 1925

New Baby Alert: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Ladylike Exotics of 1925

Following fast on news of Jimmie Johnson's Genevieve Marie, a new NASCAR baby: Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife, Connie Freydell, have welcomed Manuela.

Manuela is a feminine form of Manuel, the Spanish cognate of the Hebrew name meaning "god with us." It's the #96 name in Spain. In the US?

It's an old lady name.

Maneula enjoyed a long

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Would You Let Twitter Name Your Baby?

Would You Let Twitter Name Your Baby?

Can't get enough of vintage names? Check out Twitter. With #OldPeopleNames one of the hottest trending topics on Twitter right now, Twitter users are putting out vintage suggestions at the rate of several dozen per minute. We've seen lots of suggestions for RufusAgnes,Gertrude, and "anything with Mae." Also suggested: Cleofus, Melouise, Gussie.

Twitter + Old Lady Names? We love it when two of our favorite things come together. If you'd like to tweet your own, may we suggest (our essays on) EllaNylepthaBernice or Louisa

Clearly, the folks suggesting "Adam and Eve" are having fun. But names and Twitter can be serious business too. Just ask Mario Lopez.

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