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23 Real Hawaiian Names for Girls…

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The sound of the times in girls’ names is freshness with a liquid grace. It’s no surprise, then that Hawaiian names are on the rise, both in the Hawaiian Islands and throughout the United States. Their distinctive flow is a perfect twist on current style, and captures the imagination, too. If you’re looking for genuine Hawaiian girls’ names that are ...

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These 15 Familiar Girls' Names are Actually Rare—And Always …

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Familiar names, rare names. The two are opposites. Yet a handful of names manage to hit both contradictory targets, and zero in on the style bullseye at the same time. I’ve uncovered 15 examples of girls’ names that have flown consistently under the radar. Not only are they rare today, but they’ve never been popular in the United States. None ...

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Nominations, Please! What Was the Name of the Year for 2018?…

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Ready to make a time capsule of the year, in name form? It’s time to choose the 2018 Name of the Year—together. Our annual Name of the Year honors the way that names change with the times, and the way they capture the times. Looking back at past NOTY choices, you can feel the movement of culture and history: Barack ...

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Surprising Names Straight from the Mayflower…

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It turns out the Mayflower passengers inspire us in more than their persevering spirit and incredible vision. Embarking in 1620, parents from Delfshaven, Holland and London, England sailed the Atlantic at great risk in order to establish a New World. While many of them liked traditional names such as William and Mary, there are plenty of surprises among the baby ...

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More Light Celtic Boys' Names like Liam and Finn…

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Two of America’s most fashionable boys’ names have a lot in common. They’re trim, light, and Irish. Liam, an Irish short form of William, has risen from rarity to mega-hit in the in the space of a single generation. It’s now America’s #1 boy’s name. What’s more, Liam’s popularity as a nickname has helped keep William near the top of ...

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For Harry and Meghan, some Baby Name Argument Starters…and Solver…

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This is not your usual royal baby naming dilemma. When British royals William and Kate were preparing to name their first heir, tradition was the byword. The baby would be directly in the line of succession, so their name choice was, as I wrote at the time, “a statement of public identity for the royal family; a branding opportunity for ...

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Baby Names for Pirates and Mermaids…

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Mermaids and pirates have been captivating the imaginations of both children and adults for ages. These timeless legends of seafaring have given us songs, stories, movies, national holidays, theme parks, and more. We simply love the sea and the stories that have been told about it. If you’re looking for some keen pirate names, or some sea-worthy mermaid names, we ...

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Alternatives to the New Hit Baby Names…

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You love the name—but it’s “taken.” It’s an all-too familiar feeling for expectant parents. Perhaps your sister-in-law just named her baby Penelope, the very name you’d picked out for a future daughter. Perhaps you’ve always planned to name a son Oliver, but now that Oliver’s a top-10 nationwide hit, you’re afraid it will make too common a pairing with your ...

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The 13 Spookiest Real-Life Baby Names…

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Do you want a baby name that comes with a creeping shadow and a chill down your spine? You might, judging from the names American parents are choosing today. Flat-out spooky names are more popular than ever before. We’re not just talking about names you can link with scary stories. That’s too easy. Sure, “Jason” was the creepy killer in ...

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We're Naming Boys "Power" and Girls "Happines…

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Boys should be powerful, furiously aggressive, and revered. Girls should be pretty, happy, cherished and indulged. That’s the message American parents are sending with their baby name choices, based on a BabyNameWizard.com analysis of modern “word names.” Photos: Getty Images Word-based baby names like Thunder or Empress offer a unique window onto our culture, because they’re the clearest signals in ...

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