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Missing Links: A Name Puzzle…

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They say that one man’s last name is another man’s first. Or at least they should say that, as the line between surnames and given names gets blurrier every day. Surnames lure us with a rich vein of new baby name ideas that are grounded in the familiar. It’s an irresistible combo for many parents: the name’s style is fresh ...

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Think You Know Some Popular Baby Names? Think Again…

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 Something mysterious has happened to America’s popular baby names: they’ve disappeared. No, the names Noah and Emma haven’t suddenly vanished from the nation’s nurseries. Those names are still #1 for American boys and girls. But it’s debatable whether they’re truly popular, at least by historical standards. For perspective, let’s take a look at popular names of the past. Dialing all ...

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Glamorous Hollywood Names for Girls…

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These days, name inspiration can come from all kinds of cultural icons, from rock stars to politicians. When looking for a worthy namesake, choosing one that embodies a plethora of positive traits is ideal. Why not consider the fabulous female stars of 1930’s and 1940’s Hollywood films? Witty, strong, and beautiful, these women continue to inspire audiences and fans today. ...

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The New Sound of Action Names…

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Looking for a boy’s name that spells action? Try spelling it with an X. The letter X is the hottest sound in the action-name belt. That’s the style zone running roughly from Idaho and Montana south to Oklahoma and Arkansas, and east toward Tennessee and West Virginia. It’s the likeliest place to find rough-and-ready action names like Stryker and Gunner, ...

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Cool Irish Gaelic Names for Girls…

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100 years after Ireland declared its independence, Saoirse (“liberty”) entered the top 1000 in the United States. With a recent poll indicating that more than 10% of US citizens have Irish heritage, it’s no surprise that Irish names have become American favorites. Looking for similar choices to celebrate your roots? These fifteen feminine picks combine beautiful meanings and lilting melodies, ...

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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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