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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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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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