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America's Fastest-Rising Boys' Names: Something for Eve…

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You want biblical names? Modern inventions? Word names? Place names? Spanish names? English Names? You’ve got it. In today’s wide-open name culture, new hits come from all directions. You’ll see a sampling in the fastest-rising boys’ names of last year. Images credits: Maverick, pgatour.com. Ezekiel, nfl.com #1: Maverick. Pardon me as I wax nostalgic for a moment. Way back in ...

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33 Brand New Out-of-this-World Baby Names…

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Nothing symbolizes today’s unbounded baby name style like names that are literally out of this world. Parents are looking for something new and striking, and more and more of them are willing to reach beyond our earthbound reality to find it. This year, dozens of names from the heavens and imagined worlds entered the land of baby names. Each of ...

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5 Things We Learned from the New Baby Name Popularity Stats…

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  The top baby names make the headlines, but the lessons to be found in the national name statistics run deeper. Here are some quick observations from a first look through this year’s stats. The average American babies today are named Brinley and Miguel. Parents continue to shy away from names considered “popular,” and the top of the name charts ...

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"Alexa, What are the Fastest-Falling Names of the Year?&quot…

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Baby names usually follow the maxim that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Even the name Harvey—our 2017 Name of the Year based on the double-whammy of Hurricane Harvey and Harvey Weinstein—rose by 10% last year. But it appears that there are limits. Parents shy away from a name that takes orders. 2017 was a big year for virtual assistants. ...

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The Fastest-Rising Girls' Names of the Year Share a Distinct…

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We’ve entered the Age of the Mix-and-Match Name. That’s message emerging from the year’s fastest-rising girls’ names. While the total list is full of variety, the very hottest names point in a clear style direction. The fastest risers in the girls’ top-1000 list:Ensley, Oaklynn/Oaklyn and Emberly. The fastest risers outside the top 1000:Camreigh, Brennley, and Emryn. These names share more ...

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It's Baby Name Week!…

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This Friday, May 11, the new baby name year begins. The U.S. government is releasing the annual name popularity statistics, and I’m expecting a lot of name news to talk about. I hope you’ll join us here to talk about the new top names, the fastest risers, broad trends in naming, and the inevitable eye-opening surprises. (Remember that last year’s fastest-rising ...

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Medieval Names for Modern Boys…

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Looking for a strong, masculine and traditional name that stands out from the crowd? Consider reaching way back, to the handsome options of the medieval era. These names were commonly used across Europe in the Middle Ages, but remain almost unheard-of these days. Their aura of knights and barons, soldiers and saints still shines through. Image: iStock/Imgorthand Anselm. A soft-sounding ...

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The Hot Names of 2098?…

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The names of our great-grandparents’ time have a special appeal. Throwbacks like Clara and Hazel were gone for long enough that they’ve started to sound fresh again, and their past popularity gives them roots and warmth. Based on the standard retro name curve, many of today’s popular names should be hitting their stride again around the end of the century. ...

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Prince Louis, and the Subtle Art of Traditional Naming…

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Only in the British royal family could the name Louis be greeted as a bold, unconventional choice. Louis is an age-old classic, well-represented in various forms in the royal family tree. It’s also popular—in Britain, at least. The names Louis, Louie and Lewis all rank among the top 100 names for boys. Unlike the names of big siblings George and Charlotte, though, ...

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New/Old Name Ideas for the Top Girls' Initials…

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When it comes go girls’ names, the letter A reigns over the whole alphabet. It’s the #1 first (and last) letter for American girls, by a mile. After A comes a powerhouse trio: E as in Emma, M as in Mia, S as in Sophia. Together, the four initials account for nearly half of American girls’ names.   With such ...

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