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Does a New Home State Mean a New Style of Baby Name?

We are looking for a name for our third son, but are feeling stuck due to our other two boys' names. They were both born in Hawaii and have Hawaiian names: Kai (meaning "ocean") and Koa ("warrior"). This baby will be born in Kansas, which is obviously not a language! We like short names with a nice meaning, but never intended to stick with "K" names, necessarily. Any ideas on a third boy name that is unique and short, and works with Koa and Kai? Thank you!

–My Three Sons

How about Kan or Kas for Kansas? Okay, just kidding. But you do have a unique dilemma: How do you maintain sibling name equity, given the big cultural switch between sibs two and three? In my opinion, you should avoid a massive style switch based just on birthplace.

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Names in the News: Bruno Mars’ Sisters Get a Reality Show

Names in the News: Bruno Mars’ Sisters Get a Reality Show

Bruno Mars, Peter Gene Hernandez, is a multi-talented and multi-platinum selling artist. Apparently he comes from a family of musical performers including four sisters who have formed a girl group called The LYLAS (as in Love You Like A Sister). WE tv will be airing a new reality show about the four Hawaiian siblings who have names as interesting as their family background as they move to LA to start a musical career.

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Flower Names for the Pop Culture Set

Flower Names for the Pop Culture Set

The crocuses are in bloom across much of the northeast and we've got flower names on the brain, thanks to a recent visit to the 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Lowes Philadelphia Hotel

In case you've never heard of it, the Philadelphia Flower show brings together plant and flower lovers from around the world for the biggest exposition of flower specimens, garden designs, garden-based cooking, art and commerce all in one place for a week-long festival.  (This year's show runs through this weekend, so there's still time to catch it!)

This year's flower show theme is Hawaii, so let's first focus on name inspired by the flowers of Hawaii:

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Evangeline Lilly's Baby Name Revealed?

Evangeline Lilly's Baby Name Revealed?

Is Evangeline Lilly's baby name out of the bag? As we wrote last week, the notoriously private Lost star allowed to Jimmy Kimmel that her baby's name means "the thunder" in Hawaiian, but she wasn't sharing any more than that. However, thanks to a tip in the Name Candy comments, we've been pointed to more recent news reports, giving the name as Kahekili.

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What Did Evangeline Lilly Name Her Son?

What Did Evangeline Lilly Name Her Son?

Evangeline Lilly is finally clueing us in on the name of her son! 

The notoriously private star of TV's Lost is big on keeping her private life private. She didn't announce her pregnancy or her son's subsequent arrival — and when it comes to the name of the child, she remains tight-lipped. However, while promoting her new film Real Steel, she did drop a pretty big hint.

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Antonio Sabato Jr.'s New Son Gets 22-Letter Hawaiian Middle Name (But Who's Counting?)

Antonio Sabato Jr.'s New Son Gets 22-Letter Hawaiian Middle Name (But Who's Counting?)

Aloha to Antonio Sabato Jr.'s new son: Antonio Kamakanaalohamaikalani Harvey Sabato III. The one-time underwear model welcomed his third child over the weekend -- his first with his singer girlfriend Cheryl Moana Marie. While baby Antonio gets his first name -- a Roman family name meaning "priceless" -- from his Italian born father and grandfather, the standout name on the baby's birth certificate is clearly Kamakanaalohamaikalani. Find out more about the Hawaiian name, which is in tribute to Cheryl's roots in the 50th state.

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No Doubt Guitarist Chooses His Most Interesting Name Yet

No Doubt Guitarist Chooses His Most Interesting Name Yet

Speaking of rock band baby names, Tom Dumont of No Doubt and his wife gave us their most intriguing name yet for boy number three: Koa Thomas Dumont.

Koa's brothers are Ace Joseph and Rio Atticus. The new baby's name follows the pattern: an eye-catching, three-letter first name, followed by a more traditional middle name. And it is daringly unstylish.

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