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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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Fantasy Feminine Names…

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Pop culture names have reached a new height in recent years. We’re reaching beyond everyday sources to realms of fantasy and imagination with names like Khaleesi (from Game of Thrones) and Leia (from Star Wars). With this newfound appreciation for the fantastical realm, let’s check out some ideas for girls’ names that haven’t yet reached playground ubiquity. Some of the ...

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Silas, Tobias and More Antique -S Names…

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Toby, Tobiah, Tobias. According to most baby name dictionaries, the three are identical: just different ways of writing the same biblical name. But in terms of fashion and impact, one stands apart. Tobias is a fast-rising hit, far more popular than the other two names put together, thanks to the power of that final -s. Classical -s endings appeal to parents with ...

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Modern Welsh Names for Boys…

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Known as the “land of song,” the country of Wales has contributed quite a lot to the world of names – from Megan to Owen, Americans have historically embraced the Welsh sound with enthusiasm. These names have their own spirited style that manages to fit in with current trends without feeling faddish or dated. Whether you’re looking for an established ...

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X and Z: Spicing Up Baby Names…

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How much can one ingredient change a dish? If that ingredient is a habanero pepper, it can utterly transform it—in ways that some will find irresistible and others won’t touch. In baby names, the closest things to chili peppers are the high-impact letters X and Z. The single letter switch from Jason to Jaxon or from Kayden to Zayden transforms the ...

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Girls' Names With Throwback Elegance…

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The past has as many moods as the present. Old-fashioned names can be sturdy, quirky, or playful. But if there’s one feeling that’s best captured by an antique, it’s elegance – like the elegance of a long gown back in the days when gowns were still more clothing than costume. That throwback elegance is starting to reappear in modern baby ...

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Nickname Names for Boys…

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Across the pond, nickname names like Alfie, Freddie, and Archie have risen to the top of the charts. They combine familiarity with friendliness, and they strike a nice balance between classic and modern. Here in the United States, however, such names are less likely to end with “ie” – at least for boys. Many American parents prefer striking, single-syllable choices ...

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16 Baby Names That Are More Popular Than You Think…

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You think you know baby name trends? Even if you have a keen ear for style, some of today’s rising hits might surprise you. I’ve assembled a cross-section of names of different styles which are sneaking up in popularity. While many may be familiar to you, I’ll bet that most are far more popular than you would have guessed. For perspective, ...

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