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Nominations, Please! What Was the Name of the Year for 2017?…

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As the end of 2017 approaches, I invite you to look back over the year and grasp its essence, in a name. What name was unique to the events, the style, the experience of our times? What was the Name of the Year? The Baby Name Wizard Name of the Year isn’t necessarily the most popular baby name, or even ...

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The Two Kinds of Place Names…

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Here’s a curious fact about two geographical baby names, Bridger and Boston. Bridger is most popular near the places named for mountain man Jim Bridger, in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Boston, meanwhile, is most popular in…exactly the same places. In the region around Boston, Massachusetts, the name Boston is almost never heard. That’s a fundamental divide among place names. ...

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Adventurous Word Names…

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With names like Haven, River, and Journey ranking among the 300 most popular names, it seems that parents have adventure in mind. These word names embody excitement and discovery, but also sound elegant enough for a birth certificate. If you’re a fan of travel- and exploration-inspired names, check out this list of fifteen uncommon choices. These word names work for ...

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Name That Bo!…

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Try to think of an American man called Bo. You can probably name a few, like musician Bo Diddley, Oscar-winning screenwriter Bo Goldman, multi-sport athlete Bo Jackson, or fictional Bo Duke of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Guess what? None of them were actually named Bo. In fact, until “Dukes of Hazzard” debuted in 1979, almost no Americans were named Bo. ...

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Elegant and Underused Names for Boys…

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Many expectant parents today find themselves in the same conundrum, looking for a name that is elegant – like Alexander, Sebastian, or Theodore – but uncommon, with the latter criterion being particularly difficult to fill. After all, these handsome names certainly merit their popularity. Are there similar names that exude a sophisticated air but aren’t quite so high on the ...

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Every Single Double-T Baby Name Option…

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Elliott. Wyatt. Jett. Three names with very different styles, all riding high on the power of a double-T ending. And they’re not alone. Today, 11 names ending in -tt rank among the top 500 for American boys: Wyatt, Everett, Emmett, Bennett, Elliott, Beckett, Rhett, Barrett, Garrett, Jett, Scott. On the girl’s side, Scarlett is a top-20 hit and still rising, ...

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Lovely and Ladylike Names for Girls…

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What makes a name sound “feminine”? Answers may vary, but generally fall into a few categories: there’s the length factor, with long and melodic names like Isabella and Madeleine in the mix; there’s the connection to “Mother Nature,” with botanical names like Violet and Lily used more often for girls; there are womanly name traditions, with certain names ending in ...

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Little Names are Getting Bigger…

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 When it comes to baby name style, little is getting bigger every day. We’re drawn to miniatures like Eli, Leo, Ava and Zoe that pack all their style into a tiny form. In fact, the percentage of American babies receiving a three-letter name has more than doubled over the past two decades. Take a look: That’s a major shift, but ...

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Here's What a Cowboy Name Looks Like Today…

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When you think “cowboy,” perhaps the names that come to mind are Wild West legends like Wild Bill Hickock, Kit Carson and Doc Holliday. Or maybe they’re Hollywood cowboys like Hoss Cartwright, Bart Maverick and Rooster Cogburn. Today’s new cowboy names give a nod to those traditions, but with a new spin. They’re both more adventurous, and more formal. So ...

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Little Names with Big Personalities…

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While long and luxurious names have been the favorites of the past decade – Isabella, Alexander, even Charlotte – parents are beginning to gravitate towards names with smaller sounds – Noah, Ava, and Mia, for example. These names may only have a few letters, but they’re no less extraordinary! If you’re looking for a name that packs a lot of ...

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