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New 2-in-1 Surnames for Girls…

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Why did Addison and Emerson become popular names for girls, while Harrison and Jefferson stuck to the boys’ side of the charts? The answer is in the nicknames. Addison and Emerson trim down to the familiar girls’ nicknames Addie and Emmy—cozy counterweights to the unisex formality of the full surnames. This 2-for-1 punch of surname and pet name has propelled ...

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Judah, Lucas, and all the "OO-OO" Boys' Names…

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“Oooooh.” It’s a sound of admiration, a signal to take notice. It’s also a sound that makes a baby name stand out. 21st-century namers like to build around long, strong vowels. The A sound powers boys’ favorites like Jacob and Mason, E is the secret to Liam and Ethan, I to Elijah and Wyatt, O to Noah and Logan. But ...

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The Girls' Names Fashion Alphabet…

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Want to know what kind of names are in fashion today? We’ll give you a tour, from A to Z. We’ve selected a full alphabet of girl’s names to represent American name style. Since that style has many faces, we’ve listed four names for each letter. First, we divided names based on popularity. Every name on our alphabetic list has ...

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The Baby Name State of the Union…

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One baby name selection is a personal choice. Four million baby names a year, taken together, make up something more: a portrait of the state of the American psyche. It’s a picture worth looking at closely. We had a reminder of that fact this weekend, when the New York Times ran a cover story revealing that maternal age (the age ...

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Why Are All the Superheroes Named Chris?…

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 If you watch superhero movies, you’ve probably noticed the trend. All the stars seem to be named Chris. An actor is cast as Captain America? Call him Chris. Thor? Chris. Robin? Star-Lord? Steve Trevor? Chris, Chris, Chris. Many have remarked on this coincidence, joked about it, and even compiled rankings of best Chrises in hero-dom. But here at BabyNameWizard.com, we ...

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Top Italian Girls' names that Americans Haven't Discove…

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For fresh names with crowd-pleasing appeal, one of the best places to look is abroad. Italian parents have already given their seal of approval to the names below: they all rank in the top 200 in Italy, but have yet to make the top 500 in the United States. Some will sound familiar, some more surprising, but each of these ...

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A Snapshot of World War I in Baby Names…

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Baby name history is like a fossil record of culture. You can see broad trends in society over generations, but also individual moments frozen in time. Today we’re turning back the clock to look at the American homefront in World War I, as captured by baby names. The Great War began in Europe in 1914, and the United States entered ...

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7 Classic Power Names for Girls…

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Let’s not even call them girls’ names. The names we’re talking about today are women’s names. They’re all grown up, and they mean business. The seven names detailed below are classics with a formidable heft. There’s nothing lacy about them, and they don’t end in the vowel sounds commonly associated with feminine style. Yet they’re not boyish either. Names like ...

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Firearms Baby Names Continue to Climb…

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Think of a catchy word or brand name associated with guns, and you’ve probably thought of a hot baby name. From Cannon to Pistol, Remington to Colt, firearms are making their mark on American names. Firearm names are hardly alone as as a creative baby name trend. Just last week, I was tallying up the wave of new X names from ...

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How Far Would You Go for an X?…

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Ready to go the xxtra mile? The letter x is our millennium’s baby name turbocharger, the favorite way to add a burst of energy that sets a name apart from the pack. Names featuring an x are ten times as popular today as in the mid-20th Century. Names starting with x are 70 times as popular. Top choices include classics ...

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