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England's Hottest and Newest Baby Names…

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The top of the new English baby name charts has a traditional look. It’s stocked with regal classics like royal kids George and Charlotte, plus cuddly English favorites like Poppy and Archie. If you want to see where name trends are headed, though, you have to look past the top-10 list. The fastest-rising names of the year in England and ...

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Meet England's Most Popular Baby Names…

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The top baby names in England and Wales have just been announced, and they’re…olive. The #1 boy’s name: Oliver The #1 girl’s name: Olivia If that repetition isn’t enough to give you a sense of déjà vu, we actually have seen this before. The Olives last reigned as England’s baby name king and queen in 2010, and at least one ...

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Serena and the Female Junior…

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Tennis star Serena Williams and her fiancé, internet entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, recently welcomed their first child: Alexis Ohanian Jr. That seemingly ultra-conservative name choice was anything but, because the newborn Alexis is a girl. A female “Junior” turns tradition on its head, transforming a classic patriarchial symbol into a more complex and dramatic statement. Namesakes have always been a masculine realm. ...

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Marvelous Marian Names for Girls…

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For centuries, Mary was the number one name for girls in many countries throughout the world. We can thank the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, for the name popularity; in a culture where the Christian religion reigned supreme, honoring her was of utmost importance to many new parents. While global communities – and name tastes – may have ...

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20 Remarkable Brand-New Names for Girls…

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We live in a golden age of baby name invention. Every year, scores of new names appear for the first time ever in America’s baby name statistics. Some are imports, some are creative spellings, some are mashups of other popular names. And as you’ll see below, some are demons, palaces, and computer operating systems. I’ve collected 20 noteworthy examples of ...

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23 Absolutely Brand-New Names For Boys…

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Meet 23 boys’ names you’ve never encountered before. They never once appeared in America’s baby name statistics until this past year. What does it mean to be brand new? Consider that over 100,000 different names from Aaban to Zzyzx had already qualified in past years. (The minimum requirement is 5 boys or girls receiving the name in a single year.) ...

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Names from the Gilded Age…

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During the 1880’s, names like Emma, Lillian, and Charlie ruled the roost – sound familiar? For today’s namers, everything old is new again – whether it’s the result of the “fourth-generation” rule or a newfound interest in classics of old, modern parents love the sound of names from this era. Mark Twain called it “The Gilded Age,” referring to the ...

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Missing Links: A Name Puzzle…

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They say that one man’s last name is another man’s first. Or at least they should say that, as the line between surnames and given names gets blurrier every day. Surnames lure us with a rich vein of new baby name ideas that are grounded in the familiar. It’s an irresistible combo for many parents: the name’s style is fresh ...

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Think You Know Some Popular Baby Names? Think Again…

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 Something mysterious has happened to America’s popular baby names: they’ve disappeared. No, the names Noah and Emma haven’t suddenly vanished from the nation’s nurseries. Those names are still #1 for American boys and girls. But it’s debatable whether they’re truly popular, at least by historical standards. For perspective, let’s take a look at popular names of the past. Dialing all ...

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Glamorous Hollywood Names for Girls…

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These days, name inspiration can come from all kinds of cultural icons, from rock stars to politicians. When looking for a worthy namesake, choosing one that embodies a plethora of positive traits is ideal. Why not consider the fabulous female stars of 1930’s and 1940’s Hollywood films? Witty, strong, and beautiful, these women continue to inspire audiences and fans today. ...

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