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Maine's Top Baby Names for 2023: Revealed
Apr 19, 2024
The Social Security Administration releases data on the most popular baby names in the United States each year, including data for each state. Many state lists include names that fall outside of the top 10 nationally, revealing regional preferences and future naming trends. Maine, the largest of the six New England states, is known for its vast forested areas and...
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Nevada's Top Baby Names For 2023: Revealed
Apr 19, 2024
If you’re looking for Nevada’s top baby names for 2023, you’re in the right place. The State of Nevada encompasses 126 cities, and a large population. This population is only growing with the addition of new babies each year (via World Population Review). For 2023, the most popular baby names included the likes of Charlotte, Luna, and Olivia. For male...
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Why no baby Oprahs?
Apr 19, 2024
  Celebrities have had an enormous influence on baby names over the past few decades.  Stars’ names like Angelina and Jude, Sienna and Anderson have risen up the popularity list.   Yet for every celebrity that inspires a rash of little namesakes, there seems to be another, equally attractive and popular star...
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Great Names from the New Testament
Apr 19, 2024
  When we talk about the strong popularity of biblical names these days, what we’re really talking about are Old Testament names.  Looking at the popularity list, we see Jacob at #1, followed by Ethan, Joshua, Daniel, David, Joseph, Noah, Nathan, Samuel and Benjamin, while for girls, Hannah and Sarah are...
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Beyond Mowgli and Minnie–Animated Disney Baby Names
Apr 19, 2024
  The poor Simpson-Wentzes caught a lot of flak last week for their baby name choices–not only for first name Bronx, but for Disneyesque middle name Mowgli as well, to the point where Pete Wentz felt called upon to defend the choice on the people.com website.  In a story headlined PETE...
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Celebrity Baby Names: 2008′s best & worst
Apr 19, 2024
  First for the good news.  Here are the starbaby names which we consider to have found the right combination of originality, charm and substance this year:   CLEMENTINE —Ethan Hawke & Ryan Shawhughes   Full name Clementine Jane Hawke projects the image of a sweet but strong, prim but pretty heroine of a...
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Australian Baby Names: Digging Up Names From Down Under
Apr 19, 2024
  Even though Australian baby names are a lot like British names, they do also have their own distinctive flavor.  The blend of cultures Down Under and the strong presence of several enduring indigenous languages and groups have a powerful influence on Australian baby names (the complex Aboriginal naming traditions definitely...
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IN HONOR OF ST. PADDY’S DAY: THE HOT IRISH NAME FINN
Apr 19, 2024
  One of the great mysteries of baby-naming is how a name comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a fashionable, popular choice. Finn, one of the new cool Irish names, is a perfect example.   When we wrote our first baby-naming book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason, 20 years ago, Finn appeared...
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Join The Cradle and Win Baby Goodies
Apr 19, 2024
  Our friends over at The Cradle, a fresh, stylish resource for expectant and new moms, are running a 26-day giveaway. Through May 15th, every new Cradle member is entered to win the grand prize package of a Micralite Toro Stroller and a lillebaby EveryWear Carrier. Plus, each day, The Cradle...
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These Names are Not Gone With the Wind
Apr 19, 2024
   Some authors have a genuine knack for character naming, usually spread over their entire oeuvre. In the case of Margaret Mitchell, it was all focused on her only novel–Gone With the Wind–_whose character names still resonate today. The 1933 book (almost titled _Tomorrow is Another Day) was an unprecedented smash,...
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Nameberry Mother’s Day Contest Winners!
Apr 19, 2024
  Thanks to all of you for entering the Nameberry Mother’s Day Contest. Now that the SSA lists are in, we are able to declare the winners–which turned out to be more complicated than we expected. Largely due to Emma jumping into first place–and not Isabella, which most of you predicted–...
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Popular Names: Hidden Gems on the List
Apr 19, 2024
  When we parse the annual Social Security list, we usually focus on the top names–what’s the new Number One, which names have made it into the Top 25, even the Top 100. But there are many names on the Popularity List that actually aren’t all that popular– certainly not commonly enough...
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Love That Name, but…
Apr 19, 2024
  Wherever Ewe Go, There Ewe Are is the wonderful blog of today’s guest blogger formally known as “Ewe,” an American living in the United Kingdom with her Scottish husband.  She’s the mom of two sons, ages four and two, and is expecting a daughter, known for now as Lambchop.   I...
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