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The Brand-New Names of…1969…

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If it’s in the zeitgeist, it’s in the names.  Every cultural shift, every hot trend, every new societal understanding leaves lasting footprints in the form of baby names. When it comes to the tumultuous times of the late 1960s, those footprints may look faint from a distance. Top-10 girls’ names of the year of Woodstock included Lisa, Kimberly, Amy and ...

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Can You Match the Name to its Siblings?…

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You shall know them by the company they keep. That’s the idea behind the “sibling clouds” in our Namipedia. On each name page, we invite readers to submit the names of siblings they’ve encountered. (“Know a Sebastian? What are his siblings named?”) The top 25 sibling results are displayed, with the size of the type reflecting how many times each ...

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Boys' Names with "Z" Pizzazz…

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From Ezra to Zion, names highlighting the alphabet’s last and arguably coolest letter are on the rise. In 1915, the United States recorded only 113 boys’ names that included the letter “Z.” A century later, that number has jumped to over 900. The energy and adventure found in this character are unparalleled, from its sleek form to its bright sound. ...

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55 Biblical Names Reaching New Heights…

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Biblical baby name style is riding high. Names like Elijah and Isaiah are major hits, with Ezekiel, Delilah, Emmanuel, Malachi, Nehemiah and more close on their heels. The more distinctly biblical a name sounds, the more parents are drawn to it — and they’re reaching ever deeper to find unusual names that fill the bill. To show off the reach of this ...

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The Case of Joanna Gaines and the Matching Names…

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You choose a name you love for your first child. For your second you choose a closely matching name, sticking with the sound you like best to create a “set,” and hopefully a special bond between your kids. Then comes baby #3, and you reach a point of reckoning. Is the theme still working for you? If not, can you ...

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6 Rising Name Trends to Watch for This Year…

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What baby name trends will be setting the style for the year ahead? To predict future directions, I look for names with popularity acceleration. Individual names on an accelerating rise are not only trendy on their own, but can point to whole styles on the way up. I screened the statistics for names that have risen in popularity at a growing ...

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The Namesakes Everyone is Hunting For…

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Every month, thousands of BabyNameWizard.com readers search our Namipedia for girls’ names starting with Ken, Jeff, Tom, and other masculine nicknames. Searches for boys’ names with those beginnings are much scarcer. What’s the story? Should we expect a coming generation of little girls name Jeff and Tom? I believe the phenomenon actually arises from a more traditional naming impulse. Our ...

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Say Goodbye to These Favorite Names…

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Flashback to: • “Y2K” panic• Destiny’s Child ruling the radio• “Friends” ruling television• Palm Pilots being the height of techno cool Yep, it’s been a while since the year 2000. Long enough, in fact, that we’ve seen a generational turnover in baby names. I calculated the names that have fallen the farthest since the year 2000: the names that have just turned the generational ...

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Modern Names for Your Flower Child…

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The 1970’s brought us word names like Heather, Crystal, and Dawn, lovely nature-inspired choices that embodied the hippie vibe of the previous decade. While bell-bottoms may have gone out of style, the desire for peace and love (and nonconformist names) certainly hasn’t! The legacy of the hippie movement continues today in popular names like Summer, Harmony, and even Paisley. If ...

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The 2017 Name of the Year is Harvey…

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I sometimes describe the Name of the Year as a time capsule in name form, and that’s especially true of this year’s choice. Unlike past selections, the 2017 NOTY Harvey points to two separate stories, both of which have sent shock waves through the year. The devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas and the torrent of accusations of sexual ...

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