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Is Eva the New Ava?

When we had our first child, our agreed-upon girl's name was Eva, which I still love. Our first ended up being a boy, and now that we're expecting a girl, I was excited to return to Eva. However, my husband has fallen out of love with the name, saying it's too popular with all the little Avas running around our neighborhood. To him, Ava and Eva are basically the same name with overlapping pronunciations. I disagree, but I see his point. Is he right? If so, what is an alternative to Eva? I want something with a Jewish/Israeli connection and preferably short.

–Still Love Eva

Ava and Eva do overlap, as you mention, with similar letters and sounds. In some places and with some accents the two names could be confused, even though the first letter and its sound are different. But that connection between the two need not rule Eva out.

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Baby Emet Kuli Joins Lisa Loeb's Family

Baby Emet Kuli Joins Lisa Loeb's Family

Lisa Loeb, bespectacled 90s singer/songwriter turned kindie music icon, and her husband Roey Hershkovitz welcomed son Emet Kuli on June 15.

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Mayim Bialik Talks to Name Candy: Our Naming Process Starts With the Initials

Mayim Bialik Talks to Name Candy: Our Naming Process Starts With the Initials

Mayim Bialik won our hearts as the title character of TV's Blossom in the 1990s. Now you can catch her on the Emmy-nominated CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

NameCandy.com caught up with Mayim over e-mail as she was getting ready for the Bellies to Babies Benefit this weekend in support of the Atlanta Birth Center. Read on for the stories behind her children's names, what she calls her kids at home (Floopy?), her take on Natalie Portman's baby name, and what the name Blossom means to her.

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Second Baby Name Inspired By Facebook! Find Out If It's Wall, Friend, Poke or Like

Second Baby Name Inspired By Facebook! Find Out If It's Wall, Friend, Poke or Like

There's no doubt that Facebook is popular -- there are more than 600 million active members -- but the social media site has now inspired its second baby name. Nearly three months after an Egyptian man named his daughter Facebook, an Israeli couple followed his lead by naming their little girl... Like.

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Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's Baby Name: Elula

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's Baby Name: Elula

The (unofficial) name of that stripes-wearing, red-haired baby girl strapped to Isla Fisher's front? Elula Cohen. She's a sister for Olive, the second daughter for Fisher and her comedian husband, Sacha Baron Cohen. While the privacy-loving pair have not confirmed the baby's gender, let alone her name, this week's photos of Isla and Elula in LAX speak for themselves. (Click through to see Elula.)

Elula is six months old, and reports of her name have percolated through the comment sections of celebrity blogs for five of them. Here's what you may have heard. Elula is a derivation/feminization of Elul, the sixth month of the Jewish calendar. (Cohen and Fisher are observant Jews.) The name is seen as fashionable and stylish, reminding people of Marcia Gay Harden's choice (Eulala Grace) and the namiscenti revival, Eulalia.

But the difference between Eulala and Elula is more significant than you might think. Though spelled with the same letters (save an "a") in almost the same order, Eulala and Elula ride opposite trends in their path toward celebrity fashion.

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