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The Fastest-Rising Girls' Names of the Year Share a Distinct…

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We’ve entered the Age of the Mix-and-Match Name. That’s message emerging from the year’s fastest-rising girls’ names. While the total list is full of variety, the very hottest names point in a clear style direction. The fastest risers in the girls’ top-1000 list:Ensley, Oaklynn/Oaklyn and Emberly. The fastest risers outside the top 1000:Camreigh, Brennley, and Emryn. These names share more ...

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It's Baby Name Week!…

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This Friday, May 11, the new baby name year begins. The U.S. government is releasing the annual name popularity statistics, and I’m expecting a lot of name news to talk about. I hope you’ll join us here to talk about the new top names, the fastest risers, broad trends in naming, and the inevitable eye-opening surprises. (Remember that last year’s fastest-rising ...

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Medieval Names for Modern Boys…

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Looking for a strong, masculine and traditional name that stands out from the crowd? Consider reaching way back, to the handsome options of the medieval era. These names were commonly used across Europe in the Middle Ages, but remain almost unheard-of these days. Their aura of knights and barons, soldiers and saints still shines through. Image: iStock/Imgorthand Anselm. A soft-sounding ...

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The Hot Names of 2098?…

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The names of our great-grandparents’ time have a special appeal. Throwbacks like Clara and Hazel were gone for long enough that they’ve started to sound fresh again, and their past popularity gives them roots and warmth. Based on the standard retro name curve, many of today’s popular names should be hitting their stride again around the end of the century. ...

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Prince Louis, and the Subtle Art of Traditional Naming…

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Only in the British royal family could the name Louis be greeted as a bold, unconventional choice. Louis is an age-old classic, well-represented in various forms in the royal family tree. It’s also popular—in Britain, at least. The names Louis, Louie and Lewis all rank among the top 100 names for boys. Unlike the names of big siblings George and Charlotte, though, ...

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New/Old Name Ideas for the Top Girls' Initials…

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When it comes go girls’ names, the letter A reigns over the whole alphabet. It’s the #1 first (and last) letter for American girls, by a mile. After A comes a powerhouse trio: E as in Emma, M as in Mia, S as in Sophia. Together, the four initials account for nearly half of American girls’ names.   With such ...

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20 Names that Mean You Were Born in the 1970s…

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The top baby name of the 1970s was Michael, but meeting a man named Mike doesn’t immediately conjure up the “Me Decade.” Michael was too diffuse of a hit, encompassing half a century in its popularity wave. For a pure, potent dose of the ’70s, you need names concentrated in that decade. We’ve identified 20 names with pure ’70s power. ...

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The Surprising Tale of the Name "Milady"…

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Here at BabyNameWizard.com, we leave no stone unturned in our investigation of names and culture. In that spirit, we present a new first: a tale of baby names and body hair. The name in today’s spotlight is the playfully regal confection Milady. Some may associate the term “milady” with the cynical seduction techniques of “The Pickup Artist” a decade ago. ...

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Starlet Names from the Silent Screen…

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Hollywood wouldn’t be what it is today without the pioneering glamour of its early starlets—and neither would the U.S. top 100 names list. Turn-of-the-century names like Clara (as in actress Clara Bow), Lillian (Gish), and Alice (Terry) are back in fashion, with modern parents drawn to their elegance and vintage vibes. If you like the throwback style, more names of ...

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Overlooked Girls' Names with Fashionable Endings…

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Seven names with a “bel” ending, from Annabelle to Mabel, rank among the top thousand names for American girls. Does that exhaust all the possibilities? Not by a long shot. A host of “bels”—and other popular name endings—are waiting to be discovered among the name choices of past generations. The name statistics of the 1880s-1920s feature hundreds of names with ...

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