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Named After Your Nickname?…

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Nicknames are pet forms taken from given names…right? That’s the way it’s always worked, at least. But more and more, parents are turning that traditional relationship on its head. Today, thousands of babies are being named after their nicknames. Here’s how it works. You love the name Link, as in the YouTube stars Rhett & Link or the hero of ...

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The Secret Celebrity Baby Names that Nobody Talks About…

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 Want a celebrity baby name that will set the world abuzz with astonishment? Forget Dream and Zuma, the names you’re looking for are… Alexander and Ella. When George and Amal Clooney chose those familiar, fashionable names for their newborn twins last month, popular opinion declared it a Hollywood miracle. A sampling of media reactions from around the globe: Headline: “George ...

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29 Old-Fashioned Girls' Nicknames with Comeback Potential…

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 The hottest nicknames of today sound like yesterday. Even as the familiar, everyday nicknames that parents grew up with disappear, a new set of quirky-cute throwbacks is rising. A newborn boy today is more likely to receive the given name Gus than Mike, Dave, or Tom. For girls, Sadie is more popular than Kate, Kim or Jessie…or, for that matter, ...

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14 Boys' Names from Ancient Rome…

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Looking through the annals of ancient history, today’s explorers can find inspiration for art, literature… and names. Some classical choices are ripe for today’s trends, balancing historical substance and modern style. These fourteen names for boys take insight from the records of Ancient Rome, decorating emperors, philosophers, and everyone in between. If you’re looking for a name with both strength ...

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That Name Sure Sounds Funny…

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Names are comedy gold. Using a personal name instead of a generic pronoun can instantly make a joke more evocative, more relatable, more specific and, paradoxically, more universal. In a drive-by medium like one-liners or Twitter, adding so much texture with a single word is priceless. Comedians know it, too. See how the name works in a bit like this: ...

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Every Unisex Baby Name in America…

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Here’s a name puzzler: which of these is a unisex baby name? LeslieAshtonMonroeKosisochukwuSalem  It’s a more complicated question than it may seem. • Leslie was long considered unisex in the U.S. and masculine in Australia and Britain (Lesley was the feminine spelling), but it has fallen out of use for boys. • Ashton is a surname that became a male ...

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98 Brand New Baby Names on the Verge…

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 Every year, a new crop of baby names stakes its claim to a place in our culture. I call them the “100 Club”: names given to 100 American boys or girls for the first time ever. Some of the 100 Club members are doubtless one-hit wonders that will fade from view. Others, though, point to the future. This year’s top-1000 ...

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Greek Mythological Names for Girls…

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Penelope, Athena, and Phoebe – what do these popular feminine names have in common? They’re all associated with Greek mythology, a fantastic source for name inspiration today. Strong but still graceful, tenacious yet feminine, these names of the goddesses, queens, and nymphs of ancient Greece balance the best of both worlds. Let’s take a look at a few divine choices ...

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Biblical Baby Name Boom? Don't Believe It…

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Noah has been America’s #1 boy’s name for four years straight. Elijah just cracked the top 10 for the first time, and Ethan and Jacob are long-time fixtures there. At first glance, it might seem that we’re in the middle of a biblical baby name boom. Don’t believe it. In fact, the popularity of biblical names has hit an all-time ...

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Classic Surnames You've Overlooked…

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As Harrison and Kennedy continue to receive acclaim, parents are on the lookout for similar names with more personality and pizzazz. Timeless surnames with roots in the British Isles provide some great options for fans of this elegant style. Combining a masculine sound with a polished vibe, these fifteen names are sure to offer the best of both worlds. Best ...

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