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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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The Boys' Names that Define Your State's Style…

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Baby name popularity charts give us an illusion of consensus. OK, yes, pretty much all of America likes the name Liam. But once you get past the top handful of names local tastes take over, and they’re as diverse as the country itself. To reveal these local tastes, I’ve compared state-by-state name popularity to nationwide trends, looking for the places ...

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These Old-Time Baby Names are Still Rare, But Coming Back…

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Looking for a name that’s traditional and familiar, but has an element of surprise? Outside the mainstream, but not unfashionable? It’s the elusive dream of many baby namers, and today I’m offering up 64 candidates. I’ve scanned historical baby name stats for old-time names that spent generations in “hibernation” and are still unusual, but have seen steady and significant growth ...

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Delightful Dutch Names for Boys and Girls…

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From Skyler to Van, Americans have embraced modern Dutch names for their simplicity and style. Many choices translate well into the English-speaking world, and work especially well as cross-cultural picks. Fresh and fashionable, these names have a sweet sound all their own. Check out these gorgeous Dutch choices that haven’t yet made it into the top 1000! Image by Amber ...

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14 Girls' Names with a Modern Refinement…

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Finding names that strike the right balance between feminine and tailored can be harder than it seems – names in the former category tend to be long and luxurious, while names in the latter tend to be concise and no-nonsense. Popular names like Audrey and Lauren have managed to toe the line, but their widespread use can be off-putting. Here’s ...

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The Girls' Names that Define Your State's Style…

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 How many girls do you know named Raelynn? How about Juliana? In America as a whole the two baby names are equally common, but in your state one is probably much more popular than the other. They represent two very different local styles. I set out to pinpoint such local styles by identifying the baby names that each state chooses ...

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More Names Like Miles and Brooks: The Search for Alternatives…

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Some baby names have a special spark. They hit a style bullseye and make us wish, “If only there were more names like that!” Our “Alternatives” series looks at these objects of desire, the baby names that send waves of parents to the Internet searching for more of the same. In reviewing the more-like-that names I noticed two with a ...

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More Names Like Scarlett: The Search for Alternatives…

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“If only there were more names like Scarlett.” That’s a common refrain of expectant parents, judging by internet search traffic. Users scour this website and the whole wide web for “names like Scarlett” at a remarkable rate. It’s not just that the name is popular. In many ways, Scarlett truly is one of a kind. BabyNameWizard.com readers rated Scarlett as ...

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When It's Not Really About the Names…

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Names are important. Choosing a name can be remarkably difficult. But if your baby naming conflicts are keeping you up at night, I’m going to suggest something that sounds like heresy coming from a Baby Name Wizard. Maybe names aren’t really the issue. Names tap into a lot of deep, emotionally fraught social currents. They reflect culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, ...

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Nifty Norse Baby Names…

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Names from Norse mythology has been given a popularity boost in recent years. From television shows like The Vikings to the blockbuster films Thor and How to Train Your Dragon, American audiences have embraced the inspiration of Asgard. The names below range from trendy to unusual to downright rare, but their sounds are all strong and unique. All have roots in Nordic and Germanic languages, ...

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