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12 Vintage Girls' Names That Were Originally Nicknames

(15) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 9:43 AM

The names collected here are a charming group of vintage choices for girls. They're similar in that they all originated as short forms and yet can stand on their own. That means you can either use them as nicknames for more formal names or put them proudly on the birth...

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7 Ways To Choose Baby Names For Twins

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:53 PM

There are lots of ways to link twin names, from the obvious -- sharing a first initial -- to the so-subtle-it’s-nearly-invisible. Here, we look at the seven major ways to link names for twins, with examples of specific names that work ... and a few that don’t. Even if you’re...

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100 Rare And Unusual Baby Names

(347) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 11:18 AM

We're always looking for baby names that are wonderful but also unusual, and so today's list compiles 100 great names given to fewer than 100 babies in the U.S. last year.

We included names from a range of styles: classic and under-appreciated as well as modern and under-discovered. Half of...

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12 Sweet Baby Names For Nature-Loving Parents

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Nature names have become such a huge category of baby names that it’s difficult to corral all of them –- the flower names and the animal names, the tree names and the water and weather names –- into one list, much less pick the dozen best. But we tried, with...

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20 Unusual, Yet Appealing Baby Names

(154) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Way down at the very bottom of the official U.S. Popular Names List are those baby names given to only five children each year. The Social Security Administration doesn’t publicize those names given to fewer babies because of privacy concerns.

Most of these rare names are “creative”...

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The Most Popular Baby Names Of 2013 In The U.S.

(209) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 9:27 AM

The latest Social Security data is in, and Noah has unseated Jacob to become the new Number 1 name for boys –- the first new top boys’ choice of the 21st century.

The boys’ side of the list claims all the hottest news, in a turnaround from the...

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12 World-Class Baby Names You Haven't Considered Yet

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:17 PM

We're always adding new baby names to our database, and the latest collection all have international roots. These additions were partially inspired by the update of our baby name popularity page to include Top 100 lists from several countries beyond the U.S. We also thank Nameberry readers who contributed names...

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The Pope, My Catholic Girlhood, and Baby Names

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 11:54 PM

I couldn't wait to hear who the new pope was going to be, not because I'm a practicing Catholic any longer or because I cared which Cardinal got elected.

No. As usual, I was in it for the name.

I couldn't help but wonder: Do all the Pope candidates approach...

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Celebrity Names For Babies: The Newest, Hottest Inspirations

(146) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 12:38 PM

Celebrity names -- from Ava Gardner to Angelina Jolie and Miles Davis to Michael Jordan -- have influenced the names of babies over recent years.

But now there's a brand new generation of stars whose names are proving inspirational to parents.

From the worlds of music, sports...

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The 31st Thing Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She's 30

(19) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 9:05 AM

Fifteen years older, and theoretically wiser, than I was when I wrote the original Glamour list that's now the New York Times bestselling book, "30 Things Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She's 30," I find myself still returning to it for...

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The Best Ancient Roman Baby Names

(116) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 4:13 PM

Ancient Roman names are being rediscovered in the modern world in a major way. Rarely does a whole class of names from a place or historical period undergo this widespread a revival, but several forces are at work that are making us take a fresh look at ancient...

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Weirdest Baby Names On The New National Roster

(268) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 9:13 AM

With over 33,000 baby names on the new national roster -- a full 50 percent more than were in common use a quarter century ago -- you figure there have to be some weird choices among them. Nameberry's friend Brooke Dowd Sacco at

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Boys' Names Gone Wild

(719) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 11:39 AM

Boys' names have gone wild. You can hear a sudden growling on the popularity and star-baby lists, with sweet little babies being given such fierce animal appellations as Wolf and Puma, born-to-be-bad names like Bandit, Wilder, Maverick, Rogue and Rebel, Gunners with Colts, and others suggesting such heavy...

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Baby Name Rules: No Dumb Names And 21 Others Worth Following

(738) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:06 AM

A few weeks ago we asked the Nameberry moms and dads to tell us their best baby names rules. What followed were hundreds of suggestions, from the idiosyncratically individual (all middle names must be Celtic and begin with R) to rules so universal they might apply to everyone.

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National Poetry Month: Poetic Names To Name Your Baby

(11) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 1:04 PM

It's National Poetry Month, the perfect moment to celebrate the bards and bardesses of the past and present, a surprising number of whom just happen to have been born with birth-certificate-ready surnames. In addition to those below, there are other great choices like Auden,

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Baby Names 2012: Hottest New Choices

(672) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 12:02 AM

Baby names 2012 are already proving themselves to be very different from last year's choices, with "The Hunger Games" taking over from "Twilight" as the primary cultural influence on names, the hottest boys' names taking a cue from the girls, and musical names trumping Hollywood for inspiration.

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Middle Names: The Secret Middles Of Famous Names

(58) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Pop open the champagne: It's Middle Name Pride Day! In celebration, everyone's supposed to reveal their middle names to three people who don't know it. What if you learned, probably the hard way, that your middle name might make other people laugh, gasp, or punch you in the...

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Jonathan Franzen is Eating my Lunch

(61) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 12:00 PM

When those Big Swinging Dick writers - you know, guys like Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides and Tom Perrotta - stuck to writing macho stories starring male characters, I didn't mind so much that they earned advances that were 5,000 times as big as mine and won all the major...

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Should You Trademark Your Baby's Name?

(44) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 3:14 PM

Beyonce and Jay-Z took unique celebrity baby naming one step further last week when they moved to trademark infant daughter Blue Ivy Carter's name. Parents have a right to trademark their minor children's names, according to U.S. law, but the name has to be both distinctive and connected to some...

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Forbidden Baby Names

(1155) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 9:42 AM

When a name like Talula Does The Hula from Hawaii gets banned, it makes big news. But there are lots of other names that, now and since the beginning of recorded name time, have quietly been relegated to the forbidden list. No judge may have pounded a gavel,...

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