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The Hottest New Baby Names in England…

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What’s next in the baby name realm where Oliver and Olivia reign? The hottest rising names in England and Wales show some classic English style, but also point in new directions. The fastest risers of last year, according to the Baby Name Wizard Hotness formula:   RISING GIRLS         RISING BOYS 1  Dotty Albi 2 Alaya Hunter 3 ...

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Meet England's Favorite Baby Names…

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It’s still “olive” season in England. The UK Office for National Statistics has announced the most popular baby names in England and Wales, and once again, Oliver and Olivia top the charts. They continue a decade-long run of dominance, with at least one of the “olive” names ranking #1 in 8 of the past 10 years. Yet even with that ...

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The Secret Ingredient Letter in Your Favorite Girl's Name…

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One of the hottest trends in girls’ names is hiding in plain sight. It’s the letter v—not V, just v. The letter quietly powers fashionable names of every style, from a lowercase position in the middle of names. The initial V hit its popularity peak in the early 20th century era of Vera and Velma, and has been relatively uncommon ...

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9 Surprising Places Parents Found Baby Names…

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Every mom knows that finding the perfect baby name can feel like an impossible task. We all wish the right name would simply come to us at the right time. That’s why we love hearing about when a name has done just that. Thousands of parents have shared their experiences in our Namipedia. We’ve collected ten stories of unexpected inspiration ...

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Let's Talk Hardcore Gent Names…

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It’s time for the old-time gent names to take another turn in the spotlight. I’m not just talking about the ones with a light touch, like Emmett and Theo, or quirky charm, like Oliver and Felix, or dashing elegance, like Silas and Sebastian. Those ships have already come in.  I’m talking about the hardcore throwbacks, the names as weighty and ...

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Which Baby Names are Going Back to School this Year?…

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The brand new college students moving into dorms across the country have something none of their predecessors had: a birthdate in the new millennium. As the Year 2000 babies settle in to their new lives, it’s time to take a new look at the names going back to school this fall, from the kindergarteners to the collegians. First-Year College Names, ...

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New 2-in-1 Surnames for Girls…

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Why did Addison and Emerson become popular names for girls, while Harrison and Jefferson stuck to the boys’ side of the charts? The answer is in the nicknames. Addison and Emerson trim down to the familiar girls’ nicknames Addie and Emmy—cozy counterweights to the unisex formality of the full surnames. This 2-for-1 punch of surname and pet name has propelled ...

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Judah, Lucas, and all the "OO-OO" Boys' Names…

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“Oooooh.” It’s a sound of admiration, a signal to take notice. It’s also a sound that makes a baby name stand out. 21st-century namers like to build around long, strong vowels. The A sound powers boys’ favorites like Jacob and Mason, E is the secret to Liam and Ethan, I to Elijah and Wyatt, O to Noah and Logan. But ...

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The Girls' Names Fashion Alphabet…

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Want to know what kind of names are in fashion today? We’ll give you a tour, from A to Z. We’ve selected a full alphabet of girl’s names to represent American name style. Since that style has many faces, we’ve listed four names for each letter. First, we divided names based on popularity. Every name on our alphabetic list has ...

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The Baby Name State of the Union…

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One baby name selection is a personal choice. Four million baby names a year, taken together, make up something more: a portrait of the state of the American psyche. It’s a picture worth looking at closely. We had a reminder of that fact this weekend, when the New York Times ran a cover story revealing that maternal age (the age ...

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