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What’s in a name

What’s in a name

When Cat Shepherd’s eldest daughter was born, she named the baby Hannah. Presumably, she liked the name. But there was a bit more to it than that. “The reason she’s called that is because every Hannah I’ve ever taught is quiet, conscientious and clever,” Shepherd says. “Your traditional names - the Hannahs and Catherines and Sarahs of this world - they’re life’s future leaders.” Shepherd, head of English at Aldersley High School in Wolverhampton, England, called her second child Maisie. “Two-syllable girls’ names that end in an ‘ee’ - Sophie, Amy, Maisie - you just imagine them to be bright and bubbly,” she says.

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