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On Star Signs & Name Meanings

On Star Signs & Name Meanings | Name News | Scoop.it
We know instinctively that younger parents often name very differently than older ones. Now new data from Scotland offers some fascinating insights.
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Spring 2021 Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter | Name News | Scoop.it
The American Name Society is pleased to share the ANS  Spring 2021 Newsletter.

Please consider becoming a member to receive more news updates.
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Headlines Don't Last 80 Years

Headlines Don't Last 80 Years | Name News | Scoop.it
Parents often rule out favorite names because of pop culture or current events. But those associations often fade ... sometimes in a matter of weeks.
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Boring is the new thrilling

Boring is the new thrilling | Name News | Scoop.it
A theory: maybe - just maybe - names in the 2020s will feel a little more conventional, at least for a while. Because me? I'm kind of craving the routine + the ordinary lately.
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You could, but you wouldn't.

You could, but you wouldn't. | Name News | Scoop.it
Unisex names are growing in popularity, but that mostly means choosing new names that don't seem defined as masculine or feminine. It's harder to re-imagine traditional favorites with history attached.
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The Power of Satisficing

The Power of Satisficing | Name News | Scoop.it
We name strangers. That means perfection isn't possible. Findng a middle path that satisficies might be far more powerful.
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Stainless steel baby names

Stainless steel baby names | Name News | Scoop.it
I bought a dishwasher this week. (Glamorous, I know!) But it reminded me that names can be like stainless steel appliances - practical, but with a little bit of shine.
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The names we love, the names we use

The names we love, the names we use | Name News | Scoop.it
It's a twisting path from making a dream list of favorite names in our teens or 20s to eventually holding our own child in our arms. Along the way, the names we love sometimes turn out to be very different from the names we actually chose. And that's not a bad thing!
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The No One is Looking at You Rule

The No One is Looking at You Rule | Name News | Scoop.it
It's tough to be a beginner, even when we're all grown up. No surprise that parents worry about how others will perceive their children's names - sometimes more than we should.
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When it comes to trends, TV beats movies ...

When it comes to trends, TV beats movies ... | Name News | Scoop.it
And that means we might still be meeting baby Khaleesis well into the 2020s ...
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But I've always loved Isla ...

But I've always loved Isla ... | Name News | Scoop.it
When we talk about whether a name is "too weird" or "too ordinary," the answer depends on your community.
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Noah, Jack, Jack, James

Noah, Jack, Jack, James | Name News | Scoop.it
We know instinctively that younger parents often name very differently than older ones. Now new data from Scotland offers some fascinating insights.
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Why choosing a name to beat can help ...

Why choosing a name to beat can help ... | Name News | Scoop.it
If you're stuck going over and over your list, here's my advice for this week: choose a favorite, even if it's not one you love. Measure every name against it and see if your name-to-beat really does come out on top.
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Let's talk about the 100 year rule

Let's talk about the 100 year rule | Name News | Scoop.it
Parents often rule out favorite names because of pop culture or current events. But those associations often fade ... sometimes in a matter of weeks.
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Boring is the new thrilling

Boring is the new thrilling | Name News | Scoop.it
A theory: maybe - just maybe - names in the 2020s will feel a little more conventional, at least for a while. Because me? I'm kind of craving the routine + the ordinary lately.
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Khaleesi v Nash �

Khaleesi v Nash � | Name News | Scoop.it
We name strangers. That means perfection isn't possible. Findng a middle path that satisficies might be far more powerful.
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Beyonce, Billie, or Megan?

Beyonce, Billie, or Megan? | Name News | Scoop.it
Yes, they're all singers up for a GRAMMY this weekend. But I also think they're good illustrations of the way we struggle to find the middle ground when naming our daughters.
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Hakeem, Mondaire, Drew, Terri, Nanette, Stephanie

Hakeem, Mondaire, Drew, Terri, Nanette, Stephanie | Name News | Scoop.it
Applying the Supreme Court Test leaves us with too small a pool of names. But look at Congress, and it becomes obvious that any name can be destined for achievement.
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What's an American baby name?

What's an American baby name? | Name News | Scoop.it
My great-grandparents altered their Italian names to be "more American." Now their descendants enjoy an almost overwhelming array of choices - in names, and so much more. I'm grateful to know just a little bit of their story, and loving an America where we enjoy such tremendous freedom of expression.
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