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More Names Like Miles and Brooks: The Search for Alternatives…

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Some baby names have a special spark. They hit a style bullseye and make us wish, “If only there were more names like that!” Our “Alternatives” series looks at these objects of desire, the baby names that send waves of parents to the Internet searching for more of the same. In reviewing the more-like-that names I noticed two with a ...

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More Names Like Scarlett: The Search for Alternatives…

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“If only there were more names like Scarlett.” That’s a common refrain of expectant parents, judging by internet search traffic. Users scour this website and the whole wide web for “names like Scarlett” at a remarkable rate. It’s not just that the name is popular. In many ways, Scarlett truly is one of a kind. BabyNameWizard.com readers rated Scarlett as ...

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When It's Not Really About the Names…

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Names are important. Choosing a name can be remarkably difficult. But if your baby naming conflicts are keeping you up at night, I’m going to suggest something that sounds like heresy coming from a Baby Name Wizard. Maybe names aren’t really the issue. Names tap into a lot of deep, emotionally fraught social currents. They reflect culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, ...

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Nifty Norse Baby Names…

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Names from Norse mythology has been given a popularity boost in recent years. From television shows like The Vikings to the blockbuster films Thor and How to Train Your Dragon, American audiences have embraced the inspiration of Asgard. The names below range from trendy to unusual to downright rare, but their sounds are all strong and unique. All have roots in Nordic and Germanic languages, ...

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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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