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2013-08-30 23:26:31

In appreciation for all the hard working folks across America, we thought we’d take a look at which baby names have etymological origins derived from occupations. "It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man." -- Benjamin Franklin. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 In most cases, these so-called “occupation” names started out as surnames before transferring into personal given names in more modern times. After the Norman...

2010-05-11 05:17:00

LONDON, May 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a study by http://www.bounty.com, one in five parents REGRET the names they have chosen for their children and 19 per cent of folk are fed up with the sheer number of other children sharing the same moniker. In hindsight mums and dads claim they wouldn't have chosen names such as William, Oliver and Jack. And looking back, parents of girls popularly named Chloe, Ruby and Olivia would have chosen alternative names. Other boys'...

2009-12-31 00:00:00

LONDON, December 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack and Olivia were the most popular baby names of 2009, it emerged today (31st December 2009). Jack, the moniker of Messrs Tweed, Nicholson and Straw, retained its title for the 15th year on the trot. Olivia secured a second successive stint as the girls' favourite having taken over from Grace in 2008. The highest climbers this year were Lucas, which raced 24 places up the charts to make number 15, and Maisie, which rocketed up a...

2009-07-29 15:27:27

The Swedish Tax agency has denied a family's request to have their newborn daughter named Michael after late pop star Michael Jackson. The agency, which is charged with approving names, said it rejected the tribute to the King of Pop because it considers giving well-established boy names to girls to be inappropriate, Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported Wednesday. The parents, who live in Tjorn, Sweden, said they were surprised by the ruling because they only wanted Michael...

2008-12-29 03:00:00

LONDON, December 29 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Bounty, the UK parenting club, Olivia and Jack are the most popular names in Britain in 2008. The elegant female first name reclaimed the top spot from Grace after just twelve months. Grace - made famous by Hollywood screen siren Grace Kelly - slipped back into third place behind Ruby, the name of singer Charlotte Church's baby daughter. Jack, which has been top for 14 years since it took over from Thomas, retained its place...

2006-06-01 17:52:02

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If you have ever wondered what's in a name, consider: Brooklyn, Moxie Crimefighter, Bluebell Madonna, Suri, Phinneaus, Apple and, debuting just last week, Shiloh. All these are names that celebrities have bestowed upon their newborns in their quest for the unusual, outlandish or off-the-wall. Consider plain Bill boring and banned. The experts say it is only a matter of time before the latest trendy new names spread to the general public....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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