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7 Fun Facts About American Names

7 Fun Facts About American Names | Name News | Scoop.it
While the DMF doesn’t provide an exhaustive list, there are still a lot of very unusual full names among them. Here are seven fun facts about American names from the DMF.
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A really interesting read - found via Nameberry's Linda.

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There is Nothing Like a Name: Top Baby Names in Russia

There is Nothing Like a Name: Top Baby Names in Russia | Name News | Scoop.it
After chatting with a friend who's based in Siberia, I wanted to make a post on Russian names. In an increasingly global world, why not take advantage of the variety and find a name that speaks to your interests, heritage or one that's just plain превосходный? ("Excellent" in Russian)
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Yay Russian names! I'm no expert, but I visited Russia a few years ago, and the names I encountered there have really stuck with me. It was a wonderful melting pot of Russian-language favourites (half the women and girls I met seemed to be called Anastasia) and names from Persian, Arabic and local languages like Tatar and Bashkir. Omnomnom.


More Russian names

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Popular Baby Names in British Columbia, 2013 - Nancy's Baby Names

Olivia and Liam were the most popular baby names in British Columbia in 2013.
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Popular Baby Names in the Balearic Islands, 2013 - Nancy's Baby Names

Maria and Marc were the most popular baby names in the Balearic Islands in 2013.
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Baptiste Coulmont » Géographie des prénoms en Turquie

Baptiste Coulmont » Géographie des prénoms en Turquie | Name News | Scoop.it
Le Turkish Statistical Institute publie des données intéressantes sur les prénoms les plus donnés en Turquie : j'avais commencé à les analyser avec Elifsu Sabuncu.
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Ooh, I love maps.  Here are some showing the most popular names for boys and girls in the regions of Turkey in 2013, plus the #2 name for girls to add variety, because Zeynep is #1 almost everywhere.


Elif, the second most popular girls' name in Turkey, has really grown on me since I first heard it a few months ago - it's lovely, isn't it?

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Nomes e mais nomes: Nomes mais populares em Itália em 2013 = Top names in Italy 2013

Nomes e mais nomes: Nomes mais populares em Itália em 2013 = Top names in Italy 2013 | Name News | Scoop.it
Nomes italianos - os mais populares de 2013.
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Francesco and Sofia were numbero uno.

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Some Popular Baby Names in Luxembourg from 2013 - Nancy's Baby Names

After reading about Luxembourg’s top baby names of 2014 in the Luxemburger Wort, I searched for earlier baby name articles there and managed to find some info about the top names of 2013:
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Ooh, Charel!

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Quels sont les prénoms les plus populaires en Belgique? = What are the top names in Belgium?

Quels sont les prénoms les plus populaires en Belgique? = What are the top names in Belgium? | Name News | Scoop.it
Côté garçon, Louis, Adam et Sacha ont la cote. Chez les filles, les Léa, Louise et Chloé sont les plus nombreuses. Du moins, ce sont les tendances liégeoises car, à Bruxelles, le top 3 est quelque peu différent avec Adam, Imran et Mohammed chez les garçons, et Lina, Malak et Sarah chez les filles.
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You can download a spreadsheet of Belgium's 2013 stats from this page.

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2014 Baby Name Predictions Reviewed - Appellation Mountain

2014 Baby Name Predictions Reviewed - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Did my baby name predictions for 2014 come true? Let's take a look back at the year, and the biggest baby name trends and influences.
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So far, those predictions are looking pretty decent!

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Most Popular British Names by Letter, 2013 – Baby Name Blog - Nameberry

Most Popular British Names by Letter, 2013 – Baby Name Blog - Nameberry | Name News | Scoop.it
Our British name expert Eleanor Nickerson looks across the UK to find the most popular names for girls and boys, letter by letter. Fascinating to see the regional differences among England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales! - baby names
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Most Popular British Boys' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names

Most Popular British Boys' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Is Alfie the most popular A name in the UK? Actually, no. Scotland prefers perennial favourite Alexander, while Northern Ireland favours Biblical Adam. The table below is a breakdown of the most popular names by letter across the UK. Scotland and Northern Ireland release seperate statistics, while England and Wales...
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Top ten most popular Irish language baby names for boys

Top ten most popular Irish language baby names for boys | Name News | Scoop.it
Ireland’s most popular Irish language names for boys, and their meanings.
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Popular Baby Names in Los Angeles County, CA, 2013

Popular Baby Names in Los Angeles County, CA, 2013 | Name News | Scoop.it
And here are some of the baby names that were apparently used just once in L.A. from 1995 to 2013:

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Aktuelle Vornamenhitlisten aus Island und Spanien = Top names in Iceland (2013) and Spain (2014)

Aktuelle Vornamenhitlisten aus Island und Spanien = Top names in Iceland (2013) and Spain (2014) | Name News | Scoop.it
Skandinavische Vornamen sind schon lange angesagt. Wie wäre es mal mit einem isländischen Namen?
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I flipping love Iceland for lots of reasons, not least of which is the names they use.  Yes, Icelanders like Emma and Eva and Alexander and Daniel like the rest of us.  But they're also calling their children Guðrún and Hrafnhildur and Sigurður and Jökull and other very very Icelandic names.


Looks like we might have to wait till November to find out the 2014 stats.

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Popular Baby Names in Virginia, 2013 - Nancy's Baby Names

Emma and William were the most popular baby names in Virginia in 2013.
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Italian Baby Names: Popularity and trends

Italian Baby Names: Popularity and trends | Name News | Scoop.it
Romina Angeleri gives us the inside scoop on the most popular names Italy, and also what names to avoid--and why.
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Popular Baby Names in Italy, 2013 - Nancy's Baby Names

Popular Baby Names in Italy, 2013 - Nancy's Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
According to data from Istituto nazionale di statistica (Istat), the most popular baby names in Italy in 2013 were Sofia and Francesco.
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Nomes e mais nomes: Nomes pouco populares mas... usáveis! = Rare but wearable names

Nomes e mais nomes: Nomes pouco populares mas... usáveis! = Rare but wearable names | Name News | Scoop.it
Lista de nomes que foram pouco registados em 2014 mas que parecem ser perfeitamente usáveis.
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Why not, Portugal, why not more Teodoro, Fausto, Melodia, Sancha, or the rest?  I can only assume there are too many other good names to choose from.

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Chloé, Lina, Malak, Adam, Imran...: voici les prénoms les plus choisis, ville par ville, en 2014 en Belgique = Belgium's top names 2013, town by town

Chloé, Lina, Malak, Adam, Imran...: voici les prénoms les plus choisis, ville par ville, en 2014 en Belgique = Belgium's top names 2013, town by town | Name News | Scoop.it
Les prénoms originaux ont également eu la cote lors de ce premier semestre. Parmi ceux-ci, comptez Mandarine, Sultan, Précieux, Life, Honest, Dune et Allégresse.
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Belgium again, with a handy graphic list for each town.

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Celebrity Baby Names: The V, X, and Z epidemic

Celebrity Baby Names: The  V, X, and Z epidemic | Name News | Scoop.it
Three letters in particular are popping up all over the starbaby map, in first, middle and last place: look for lots of V, X and Z sounds, says Abby Sandel.
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Honden en katten heten het vaakst Luna en Tijger. Hoe heet jouw huisdier? = Tijger and Luna are the top names for cats and dogs. What are your pets called?

Honden en katten heten het vaakst Luna en Tijger. Hoe heet jouw huisdier? = Tijger and Luna are the top names for cats and dogs.  What are your pets called? | Name News | Scoop.it
De tijd dat honden en katten allemaal Fikkie en Poekie heetten is al lang voorbij. Huisdieren krijgen tegenwoordig ook modenamen. Volgens verzekeraar Proteq Dier & Zorg is Luna dit jaar de popu...
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Here's interesting: the top pets' names in the Netherlands in 2013.  We can only see the top 5, but the cats' names at least seem less person-namey than lists I've seen for English-speaking countries.

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Most Popular British Girls' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names

Most Popular British Girls' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Following on from yesterday's post of most popular boys' names by letter in Britain, here is the girls' equivalent. Even more so than the boys, this list shows a lot more regional variation: from Aoife in Northern Ireland, Nia in Wales or Violet in England and Wales.
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Top ten most popular Irish language baby names for girls

Top ten most popular Irish language baby names for girls | Name News | Scoop.it
Ireland’s most popular Irish language names for girls, and their meanings.
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