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Names

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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The Top New Baby Names of the Millennium…

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When the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, 1999, these baby names didn’t exist. Today, they’re hits. Dozens of names that were unused in the U.S. at the dawn of the millennium now rank among the 1,000 most popular names for boys or girls. Their diverse styles paint a picture of the many kinds of name trends ...

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19 Quaintly Gruff Nicknames for Boys…

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Try to think of a trendy boy’s nickname. One that’s fashionable as both as a nickname and given name, and zooming up the popularity charts. Did you guess Hank? Believe it or not, even in this age of smooth liquid and raindrop names, hearty old Hank is one of the hottest nicknames in America. It leads a pack of names ...

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15 Uncommon Celtic Names for Boys…

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It’s tough these days to walk onto a playground and not hear “Liam,” “Owen,” or “Connor.” Today’s moms and dads have embraced the Celtic sound, and for good reason – these names balance a boyish vibe with friendliness and flair. However, finding an appealing name in this style that’s not taken by five other boys in his class – there’s ...

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