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7 New Baby Names to Watch for in 2017…

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Where are baby names headed in 2017? We’ve selected seven names that point the way. The names below represent a variety of hot styles, from double-t surnames to bold word names. None of them currently rank among the top 500 names boys or girls. But based on search traffic, forum chatter and trend arrows, they’re good bets to be part ...

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Names for Spice Girls (and Boys)…

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Flowery botanical names are on the rise, from classics like Rose and Lily, to modern picks like Azalea and Dahlia. But what about picks from other kinds of gardens – namely, herbs and spices? With increasingly individual options, it’s no surprise to find parents going this route already! All of these names were used for children born last year, and ...

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Yes, Seriously: The Name of the Year is Boaty McBoatface…

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Is nothing sacred? 2016 was the year that answered the question with a resounding “Nope.” Boundaries were crossed, news was faked, the solemn was mocked, the unutterable was spoken (then shared and re-shared). Around the world, “what-if” scenarios were replaced by “what now?” We might not have realized it at the time, but we had a little preview of what ...

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5 Names that Mattered in 2016…

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Each year, names make their mark as signs of their times. These five names were woven into the essence of 2016. #5: Simone. This was a big year for a classic name. At the Rio Olympics, swimmer Simone Manuel took gold in the 100-meter freestyle, becoming the first African-American woman to medal in an individual swimming event. Her Team USA ...

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New One-Syllable "Meaning Names" on the Rise…

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The new sound in word names is short and swift. If you find an appealing one-syllable word, from Fox and Bear to Truth and Dream, chances are parents are turning it into a hot new name. This rising trend aims for double impact, in meaning and sound. Unlike traditional names, word names take their punch from their meanings. The upfront ...

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The New Name Endings that are Defining Baby Name Style…

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When it comes to baby name style, it’s not just about where you start — it’s where you finish. Name endings shape style and are a big part of the sound of their times. The 1960s were the age of Teri, Sheri, Keri and Geri. The 2000s gave us Aiden, Brayden and Kaden, along with Landen, Holden and Camden. Where ...

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Short and Snappy Unisex Names for Girls…

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Do you like your girls’ names more short and snappy than long and lacy? We’ve rounded up a dozen names that pack their power into concise and upbeat packages. The names below come from many angles: surnames, literary heroines, and crossovers from traditional boys’ names. They range in popularity from the top-200 list to extremely rare. Many have a unisex ...

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70 Girls' Names that are Pure Victorian England…

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When Americans talk about “Victorian style,” we usually mean “the style of the second half of the 19th Century.” But Her Majesty Victoria reigned in England, not the United States, and Victorian England had a flavor all its own. I’ve attempted to zero in on that flavor in baby names by identifying names that were significantly more popular in Britain ...

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Light Biblical Names for Boys…

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Eli, Noah, Ethan, Jonah, Asher – what do these names all have in common? They’re Old Testament boys’ names that have reached their peak popularity in the last decade. Though name trends indicate that more and more unique choices are being recorded on birth certificates, many parents are deciding against modern inventions in favor of ancient finds.  However, now that ...

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Watch Political Baby Naming Change Through the Years…

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Baby name trends are one of the most sincere reflections of an era’s tastes, values and dreams. So what does it mean that we no longer name babies after presidential candidates? Once upon a time we would have expected this election to yield a bumper crop of baby Trumps and Clintons. Today the idea sounds excessively partisan, or even thoughtless ...

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