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It’s interesting to see how today’s name pool reflects the whole information overload of our society. It consists of a jumbled stew of inanimate objects, biblical names, “Friends” actors, movie stars, literary heroes, rock stars and – in the case of Sebastian – my cat. Illustration.

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FARGO - When I was in second grade, my pregnant mom brought home a little blue book of baby names. It contained nothing more than lists and lists of popular monikers for newborns, circa 1973. (Oddly, Mannix, Columbo or Barnabas were not among them.)


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