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Every Single 1920s Baby Name with Comeback Potential…

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As the 21st Century marches ahead, the names of the early decades of the 20th Century have renewed appeal as “antiques.” 1920s favorites in particular are finding a new life: names like Vivian, Iris and Max have come charging back into style. What ’20s names might yet be waiting in the wings, undiscovered? Here’s an attempt to answer to that ...

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Think You Know Baby Name Trends? Enter the Baby Name Pool!…

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Heard any stylish names lately? I’ll bet you have, whether you’re looking for a name for your own baby or just talking to friends, going to the movies, reading the news or even playing a video game. Names are part of every corner of our culture, and we can’t help but pick up on trends. We’re all experts on the ...

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Vintage Shakespearean Names for Girls…

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We have Shakespeare to thanks for all sorts of popular names today – from Jessica to Juliet, the Elizabethan author’s influence extends far and wide. But some of his most beautiful names fell into disuse without hope of resurrection – until recently! These elegant choices have been approved by the Bard, and are starting to gain fans for their unique ...

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The Hottest Baby Names in Scotland…

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Just in from Scotland’s National Records: the top baby names of 2016. Jack continues as Scotland’s #1 name for boys, while Olivia supplants Emily as the #1 for girls. The full Scottish top 20: RANK BOYS GIRLS 1 Jack Olivia 2 James Emily 3 Oliver Sophie 4 Lewis Isla 5 Noah Ava 6 Logan Amelia 7 Harry Jessica 8 Alexander ...

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The Transformation of the Average American Baby…

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What is the average American baby named? It’s not a question we often ask. We talk a lot about the most popular names, but those don’t necessarily represent the shape of the fast-changing name population. Suppose, instead, that we try looking at typical names the way we look at typical housing prices or personal income: by tracking medians. The median is the ...

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Classic British Names for Boys…

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Finding a name with the classic appeal of William or Alexander – but without their popularity – can be difficult to achieve. How do you find a name that’s both recognizable and traditional without picking something “ordinary” or “commonplace”? One place to look is the sturdy British-style classics that can go overlooked in the rush toward the new and creative. Both ...

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Five Real-Life Baby Names That Started Out as Jokes…

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Almost any well-named movie character, good or evil, can inspire a baby name trend. But what about a name intended as a joke? After all, some of Hollywood’s most memorable character names, from Cruella de Vil to McLovin, were constructed for laughs. Thanks to scriptwriters who can pinpoint the intersection of silly and stylish, even joke names have crossed over to ...

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The Age of Flexible Names…

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My father recently passed away. At a small service in his memory I mentioned that my father’s father, who died long before I was born, was apparently known as both Isidore and Irving. After the service a friend approached me and said that her grandfather was also sometimes called Isidore, sometimes Irving. Then yet another friend said, “I was just ...

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Luxurious Names…

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With names like Royal, Messiah and Destiny in the top 500, modern parents appear to be fans of inspirational choices. Why not choose an extraordinary name for an extraordinary child? These fourteen swanky and sumptuous names embody that sense of wealth and power. Some work for boys, girls, or both, but all offer the promise of success. If you’re looking ...

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More Names Like Harper: The Search for Alternatives…

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Once in a while, a baby name hits the bullseye. It clicks with parents in a unique way and sends them hunting for more name ideas that can fill that same space in their hearts. Harper for girls is one such name.  Don’t just take my word for it, ask the whole internet. I turned to Google to find top completions ...

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