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Let’s Talk About… How This Gen Will Name

Let’s Talk About… How This Gen Will Name | Name News | Scoop.it
A couple decades ago, parents around the world held their new little bundles of joy. “We’ve settled on Jessica Anne!” They joyfully exclaimed to the nurse. “His name is Daniel Christopher,” They said to friends flocking to the newborn’s crib. “She’s called Jennifer Nicole,” The would smile up at beaming grandparents. The number one name for baby girls in 1992, when some of these now-parents were born, Ashley, made up 1.9% of all baby girls born in the US. Michael, the number one for boys, claime
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George Clooney on not giving his twins "weird-ass names" in interview with AARP Magazine

It’s a lot to deal with, constantly, and I understood in context that Clooney’s point about the kids’ names is that Alex Clooney, or Ella Clooney, can fly under the radar in a way that, say, Seraphina Affleck or Moroccan Cannon may not manage as easily – partly because of surname commonality/privilege, true – but I take his point. There would only be one Khalil Clooney, and when your parentage is already something people are going to figure out sooner or later, giving your kids the gift of (at least initial) anonymity is very understandable.
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Opinions On… Choosing A Number One Name

Opinions On… Choosing A Number One Name | Name News | Scoop.it
There is a kind of strange love-hate relationship we as a collective name-loving body have with #1 names. We brush them off almost all-too judgmentally as awful, bland, unoriginal and horrible choices a majority of the time, yet for them to have made it to the top, some folks must adore them, or at least tolerate them.
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Baby Boy McKowan-with-a-G, Brother to Abigail (Abby), Theresa (Reese), Josephine (Josie), and Elizabeth (Lizzie)

Baby Boy McKowan-with-a-G, Brother to Abigail (Abby), Theresa (Reese), Josephine (Josie), and Elizabeth (Lizzie) | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi, Swistle! I am so thankful that someone recommended your blog recently, but I sure could’ve used it sooner! We have 4 girls and are currently expecting baby #5 (likely our last) who is due…
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Girl Names More Popular Than You Think

Girl Names More Popular Than You Think | Name News | Scoop.it

Popularity can be deceiving. You can do all the research, taking care to choose a name for your daughter that’s familiar but uncommon, and still be surprised that there’s another Evie in her preschool class. Or maybe she’s the only Amora, but the other Amayas and Aminas that you meet feel uncomfortably similar. If you’re […]


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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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Baby Girl Carsons-with-a-P, Sister to Brady and Campbell

Baby Girl Carsons-with-a-P, Sister to Brady and Campbell | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi Swistle, Only six weeks left until baby girl is due to arrive, and we are at a loss for names. I would really appreciate an outside opinion. I’m Alexandra, but I go almost exclusively by L…
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Transforming Top to Uncommon Girl Names

Transforming Top to Uncommon Girl Names | Name News | Scoop.it
If you've seen your favorite name "ruined" by its rise to the top of the popularity list, we have a solution — uncommon girl names. Or rather, 100 of them.
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The ABCs of Popular Names: N-Z Girl Names

The ABCs of Popular Names: N-Z Girl Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Here we are again, predicting some popularity for Part 3 of the Thanksgiving ABCs of popular names series! To sum up this series once more, we’re reviewing and possibly predicting future popularity for the most popular names for each letter of the alphabet. The difference in popularity for each letter can also approach
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Yesterday's Prudence is tomorrow's Grace

Yesterday's Prudence is tomorrow's Grace | Name News | Scoop.it
maybe starting out with the premise that we're going to choose rare-but-familiar names without considering style?
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Nomes e mais Nomes: O meu nome preferido é muito popular... e agora?!

Nomes e mais Nomes: O meu nome preferido é muito popular... e agora?! | Name News | Scoop.it
Reflexão sobre o uso de nomes muito populares.
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About Names: Hurricanes can cause a brief rise in a name's popularity, then a drop

About Names: Hurricanes can cause a brief rise in a name's popularity, then a drop | Name News | Scoop.it
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. In his August 29th column, he looks at the history of hurricane names. During World War II American meteorologists commonly gave
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The Numbers are Here!

The Numbers are Here! | Name News | Scoop.it
Sometimes setting an artificial deadline can help us choose our child's name. Because waiting until we meet our baby only works sometimes!
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In Defense of Apple and Zio: Why Unusual Names Aren't a Problem

In Defense of Apple and Zio: Why Unusual Names Aren't a Problem | Name News | Scoop.it
When it comes to choosing a name, most parents aim for the middle. Not the Top Ten, but not something completely novel, either. But just as surely as there are good reasons to use a common name, there’s a case for embracing unusual ones, too. Let’s look at ten reasons unusual names are worth considering. […]
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Sunday Summary: Popularity isn't Style

Sunday Summary: Popularity isn't Style | Name News | Scoop.it
Let's talk the intersection of popularity + style, an intriguing surname Q, hipster names, and the biggest names on the site this week.
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Thoughts On My Name

Thoughts On My Name | Name News | Scoop.it
Delphina Moon, while beautifully celestial and unique, is not my real name. Not even close. My real name is quite popular. It’s the family favorite, the #1 baby name for several years, #3 the year I made my way into the world, the three-other-girls-in-my-class-of-20 have it sort of name. It’s the kind of name that one
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Baby Boy Merrick, Brother to Paxton and Isla

Baby Boy Merrick, Brother to Paxton and Isla | Name News | Scoop.it
Hi there! Hoping you can help! Just realized all of my top name choices for a baby boy are in the top 5 or so names. I’m worried to have a kiddo with lots of kids in their class someday having the …
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Baby Girl Otherword-Mitten

Baby Girl Otherword-Mitten | Name News | Scoop.it
Dear Swistle, I’ll preface this by saying that my actual problem might just be that the prospect of naming a whole entire person is too daunting, having never met the child in question. But p…
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Let’s Talk About “Trendy”

Let’s Talk About “Trendy” | Name News | Scoop.it
Welcome to a brand-new (and maybe full time?) article series: Let’s Talk About. This series is all about small issues or naming dilemmas one might encounter that don’t necessarily need a full “Opinions On…” piece for a variety of reasons, whether that be lack of evidence, no real debate surrounding the issue at hand, r
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The ABCs of Popular Names: N-Z Boy Names

The ABCs of Popular Names: N-Z Boy Names | Name News | Scoop.it
At last, we’ve arrived at the sad finale of the ABCs of Popular Names series, a series that compares and predicts the popularity of certain initials over others and the names that represent them. In short, the most popular baby name of 2019 for each letter of the alphabet will get a review and popularity prediction, co
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The ABCs of Popular Names: A Four Part Series

The ABCs of Popular Names: A Four Part Series | Name News | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving is coming up, and I thought I’d be fitting to commemorate the holiday with a four part series surrounding one of my favorite parts of baby names: popularity. Watching and predicting name popularity is a thrilling activity, and it’s made even better when you’re right! I thought I’d give us an opportunity to
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From mispronunciations to misspellings to popularity, naming a baby is tricky business | Regional-Lifestyles | Lifestyles | SaltWire

From mispronunciations to misspellings to popularity, naming a baby is tricky business | Regional-Lifestyles | Lifestyles | SaltWire | Name News | Scoop.it
“I answered, Natalia, he said, ‘why not? Why won't you tell me your name?’ as he thought I said, ‘not tellin’ ya!’”

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20 Names More Popular Than You Think

Although one name may sound exciting, inviting, and above all, rare while a more classic choice feels boring and overdone, often other soon-to-be parents agree, making the seemingly unique choice much more popular than a name that people perceive as “ugly.” Because of the often shocking popularity, both relativ
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Duana Names: In Need Of De-Basic-ing

Duana Names: In Need Of De-Basic-ing | Name News | Scoop.it
it hit us like a truck: we're basic AF. Jacob is in the top 10 of the boys' names and Henry/Henri isn't far behind.
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