I am an advocate for rare names. You may not find Amy or Aidan on this page, but you'll find Amarantha and Albion. I believe in doing thorough research on each name posted, and am currently working on updating the facts in my earlier entries, as I do annually. This is a name-by-name style site, but if you're looking for something more comprehensive I suggest K. M. Sheard's Complete Book of Names and a stroll through and I recommend parents avoid any books with titles including large numbers, such as "20,000 Baby Names," or "All the Best Baby Names," as they usually lack research, etymologies, or historical details.

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  1. Love the new look site and your choice of name :)

  2. Thanks so much for offering an e-mail subscription service - very much appreciated.

  3. Your site is fantastic. Thank you for dedicating a blog to fairytale names. My first baby is due on Valentine's day. I'm a fairytale illustrator so your site is a gift. I love how ,ugh detail you go into when introducing a name. Sometimes I'm not fond of the name but the history of it is too intriguing not to read.

  4. Do you take requests? If so, would you consider Ermintrude?

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