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Zombies II: The Zombie Girls Rise…

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You thought they were dead and buried. But now, they walk among us again! And they’re all…girls’ names. “Zombie names” are baby names that once fell so far out of style they became virtually extinct. Previously common, they disappeared from America’s top-1000 name lists for more than a generation. They then found themselves revived by contemporary parents on the hunt ...

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Ask the Name Lady: My Tween-age Dream Is a New Name!…

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Q: I’m 17 and I’ve hated my name for as long as I can remember, for a few different reasons. First, I have a speech impediment which makes it almost impossible for me to say my name and have people understand me. This has made my dislike for my name grow over the years, as introducing myself has become intolerably frustrating. ...

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Class Superlatives for the Baby Names of 2017…

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We’ve met this year’s new class of baby names. Now it’s time to tip our caps to some of the group’s standouts, from the longest names to the most popular initials and, of course, the names “most likely to succeed.” Every name below was given to at least five American boys or girls last year. Longest: If you count doubled-up ...

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Medieval Names for Modern Girls…

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Finding the right balance of femininity and strength in girls’ names can be tough – why not take inspiration from the people of the Middle Ages? These monikers adorned princesses and peasants, saints and socialites, with unique sounds and interesting etymologies. Elegant and unusual, these historic names prove that the best modern choices can come from ancient sources. Image: archeon/Flickr ...

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Ask the Name Lady: To P or Not to P?…

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Q: All of my kids’ names start with P. Should I change it for this one?       –Princess P  A: As with everything else in baby-naming, there are no hard and fast rules about themes like this one. But there are some principles to consider, which might help you make a decision about your new baby’s name. Two is a coincidence, ...

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These names only have ii's for you…

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 Look out, -eigh names! There’s a new “ee” sound in town, and it’s gaining on you. The hottest new name suffix for American girls is -ii, as in Aubrii and Harmonii. Historically, the -ii ending has ranged in popularity from scarce to non-existent. The first -ii name to ever appear in the U.S. statistics was Vickii in 1948, when a ...

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The Baby Name Pool: Meet the New Champion…

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Each year, we invite name enthusiasts across the country to guess the year’s rising and falling names. It’s trickier than it sounds. Sure, we might have been able to guess the rise of Logan after a year that featured both the X-Men “Logan” movie and “Logan Lucky.” But not one Baby Name Pool participant tabbed the year’s top riser Ensley—despite ...

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14 Brand-New-Sounding Names with Roots…

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Every year, dozens of newly invented names are added to the US Top 1000, inspiring modern parents to try and create names as unique as their child. Popular picks like Nevaeh, Raelynn, and Zayden fit this category, proving that innovative choices can be just as desirable and wearable as established classics. Still, many parents are looking for something in the ...

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The Most Popular Baby Names of Every State in the USA…

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 The top baby names in America are Liam and Emma, but are they tops where you live? Depending on the part of the country you hail from, you may be more likely to meet a little Oliver or Ava. Here are the favorite names of every U.S. state. TOP GIRLS’ NAMES BY STATE, 2017 State 1st 2nd 3rd Alabama Ava ...

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America's Top Baby Names of 2017 Announced…

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America has a new #1 boy’s name. Liam joins returning girls’ favorite Emma as the new reigning King and Queen of Baby Names. And Liam might be even more popular than it seems: it is also used as a nickname for William, which ranks #3. In a milestone, past longtime #1’s Michael and Emily have fallen out of the top ...

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