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The Case of Joanna Gaines and the Matching Names…

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You choose a name you love for your first child. For your second you choose a closely matching name, sticking with the sound you like best to create a “set,” and hopefully a special bond between your kids. Then comes baby #3, and you reach a point of reckoning. Is the theme still working for you? If not, can you ...

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6 Rising Name Trends to Watch for This Year…

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What baby name trends will be setting the style for the year ahead? To predict future directions, I look for names with popularity acceleration. Individual names on an accelerating rise are not only trendy on their own, but can point to whole styles on the way up. I screened the statistics for names that have risen in popularity at a growing ...

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The Namesakes Everyone is Hunting For…

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Every month, thousands of BabyNameWizard.com readers search our Namipedia for girls’ names starting with Ken, Jeff, Tom, and other masculine nicknames. Searches for boys’ names with those beginnings are much scarcer. What’s the story? Should we expect a coming generation of little girls name Jeff and Tom? I believe the phenomenon actually arises from a more traditional naming impulse. Our ...

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Say Goodbye to These Favorite Names…

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Flashback to: • “Y2K” panic• Destiny’s Child ruling the radio• “Friends” ruling television• Palm Pilots being the height of techno cool Yep, it’s been a while since the year 2000. Long enough, in fact, that we’ve seen a generational turnover in baby names. I calculated the names that have fallen the farthest since the year 2000: the names that have just turned the generational ...

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Modern Names for Your Flower Child…

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The 1970’s brought us word names like Heather, Crystal, and Dawn, lovely nature-inspired choices that embodied the hippie vibe of the previous decade. While bell-bottoms may have gone out of style, the desire for peace and love (and nonconformist names) certainly hasn’t! The legacy of the hippie movement continues today in popular names like Summer, Harmony, and even Paisley. If ...

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The 2017 Name of the Year is Harvey…

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I sometimes describe the Name of the Year as a time capsule in name form, and that’s especially true of this year’s choice. Unlike past selections, the 2017 NOTY Harvey points to two separate stories, both of which have sent shock waves through the year. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and the torrent of accusations of sexual ...

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Not-Quite Surnames…

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The lure of surnames as baby names is that they can be fresh and familiar at the same time. A name like Harlow, Anderson or Landry comes with built-in roots and culture – and established spelling – even if you’ve never met anyone by that name. You couldn’t just make up a new name in the surname style. Or could ...

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Fearless Names for Boys…

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Messiah, Odin, Maverick – what do these grand and gallant names have in common? All three names are the most popular they’ve ever been, indicating a trend among modern parents. Though each comes from a unique tradition, namers are drawn to the heroic sound present in each. Why not choose a name for your little boy that is sure to ...

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From Aalaya to Zyriah: A Close Look at a Trend…

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What’s the difference between the names Jakiya and Jakiyah? Up until the 1990s, the question would have been moot. Neither name existed. Since then, thousands of American girls have received the two names, and the question of the final H turns out to be part of the story. Over the past two decades, we’ve seen an explosion of three-syllable girls’ ...

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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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