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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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Imported Nicknames Put a Fresh Face on Familiar Boys' Names…

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Almost every adult Timothy goes by Tim. That name is a core member of the “All-American nice guy nicknames,” the everyday name set that was the bedrock of 20th-century guy style. For 21st-century babies, though, those familiar nicknames are endangered species. You may meet a Michael, but not a Mike; a Jonathan, but not a Jon. That doesn’t mean, though, ...

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Happy Names Are Here Again!…

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There’s a reason newborns are referred to as “bundles of joy” – the optimism and hope that come with new life are universal feelings that transcend language and culture. When naming such blessings, many parents want to find a way to express that glee in an accessible but unique way – but how? These fifteen names vary in their histories ...

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Brace Yourself—These are the New "Mom Names"…

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Mom names are like mom jeans. We expect them to be built for comfort, not style. While new baby names aim for dramatic flair, mom names provide the steady backdrop. You know, cozy names like Diamond and Tyler. Not the kind of maternal style you were thinking of? If not, it’s time to adjust your thinking to a new generation ...

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8 Girls' Names Everybody is Wondering About Right Now…

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There are the names you put on your baby name list, and then there are the names you wonder about. You hear them and can’t help but think: “What kind of name is that? Where does it come from? Do people actually name their kids that?” All that wondering brings readers to our Namipedia, making the pages for names like Katniss ...

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