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Every Unisex Baby Name in America…

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Here’s a name puzzler: which of these is a unisex baby name? LeslieAshtonMonroeKosisochukwuSalem  It’s a more complicated question than it may seem. • Leslie was long considered unisex in the U.S. and masculine in Australia and Britain (Lesley was the feminine spelling), but it has fallen out of use for boys. • Ashton is a surname that became a male ...

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98 Brand New Baby Names on the Verge…

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 Every year, a new crop of baby names stakes its claim to a place in our culture. I call them the “100 Club”: names given to 100 American boys or girls for the first time ever. Some of the 100 Club members are doubtless one-hit wonders that will fade from view. Others, though, point to the future. This year’s top-1000 ...

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Greek Mythological Names for Girls…

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Penelope, Athena, and Phoebe – what do these popular feminine names have in common? They’re all associated with Greek mythology, a fantastic source for name inspiration today. Strong but still graceful, tenacious yet feminine, these names of the goddesses, queens, and nymphs of ancient Greece balance the best of both worlds. Let’s take a look at a few divine choices ...

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Biblical Baby Name Boom? Don't Believe It…

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Noah has been America’s #1 boy’s name for four years straight. Elijah just cracked the top 10 for the first time, and Ethan and Jacob are long-time fixtures there. At first glance, it might seem that we’re in the middle of a biblical baby name boom. Don’t believe it. In fact, the popularity of biblical names has hit an all-time ...

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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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