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Three Baby Names that Came from TV Commercials…

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Once upon a time, tv commercials were America’s common language. They were catchy, they were inescapable, they were universal. In the glory days of network tv, you might not have watched the exact same shows as your neighbors, but you definitely knew not to squeeze the Charmin, asked “Where’s the beef?,” and could sing all the words to the “Meow ...

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These 16 Familiar Boys' Names are Actually Rare—And Always H…

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 Unusual, but not weird. Not trendy, but not outdated either. Easy to spell and pronounce, but not ordinary? If that’s your impossible baby name target, no worries, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tracked down 16 boys’ names that are familiar, usable, and perennially rare. So rare, in fact, that none of them has ever ranked among the top 300 names ...

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8 New Baby Names to Watch for in 2019…

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A brand-new year means brand-new baby name trends. Here are eight best bets for 2019 style. These names were all unusual last year, but their combination of fashionable sound and new, breakout star power has them poised to rise in the year ahead. Baker (M)This energetic surname was left behind by the tradesman trend that sent names like Carter, Cooper, ...

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The 2018 Name of the Year is BBQ Becky…

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It all started with a spring picnic. In April, two African-American men fired up a grill for a cookout in an Oakland, California park. A white woman who was passing by objected to their grilling in that location, demanded that they leave, and ultimately called the police on their picnic. A video of the incident went viral, and on the ...

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3 Names that Mattered in 2018…

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Names change with the times, reflect the times, and help shape the times. These three names all helped define the times of 2018. Photo: Getty Images Abcde. In November, an outraged mother accused a Southwest Airlines gate agent of publicly “name shaming” her five-year-old daughter. Seeing the girl’s unconventional name, the agent laughed and pointed and commented loudly to other employees. ...

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Harlow, Shiloh, Beau and All the Hidden-O Names…

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Oh, those hidden o’s. They’re the special ingredient in hot names from Margot to Willow to Pharaoh. End a name in the sound “o,” but not the letter o, and you have a recipe for high style. The final o may be cloaked by a silent letter, as in Harlow and Shiloh, or an alternate spelling may lead to a similar ...

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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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