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Baby Names: Trendwatch 2017 Report

Baby Names: Trendwatch 2017 Report | Name News | Scoop.it
Time for the Trendwatch 2017 report! Every year, I choose a list of names to watch. I think they’re likely to rise – or I know they’ve been steadily rising. But I’m guessing that they’ll make the Top 1000 in the coming year. It’s a nice, bright line. Either the names break in – or …
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Boys’ Names Popular in Only One State (2016)

Boys’ Names Popular in Only One State (2016) | Name News | Scoop.it
A couple of days ago, I posted a list of girls' names that were popular in only one state in 2016.  Here are the boys' names!  This list is shorter - there were 78 girls' names compared to 54 boys' names - but there were almost as many states with such outliers.  D.C. is included…
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Coolest Top 100 Boy Names: Ezra, Jack, and Owen

Coolest Top 100 Boy Names: Ezra, Jack, and Owen | Name News | Scoop.it
What are the coolest Top 100 boy names? Because, yes, a name can be both common and cool at the same time. I've made my picks, but I want to hear yours, too.
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I'd agree all these names are cool! It just shows we shouldn't overlook the top 100.

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Girls’ Names Popular in Every Year Since 1880

Girls’ Names Popular in Every Year Since 1880 | Name News | Scoop.it
What defines a timeless name?  Is it a name that never seems to age?  Or is it a name that stays popular throughout the centuries? In the U.S., a name is considered popular if it falls within the top 1000, as tallied by the Social Security Administration.  Every year, the SSA publishes baby name data…
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Baby Names Blog: Blog of author Laura Wattenberg | Ranking The Baby Name Alphabet: What's the Hottest Initial?

Baby Names Blog: Blog of  author Laura Wattenberg | Ranking The Baby Name Alphabet: What's the Hottest Initial? | Name News | Scoop.it
I'll count them down below, starting with the fastest faller at #26 and building to the #1 hottest initial in America. For fashion context, I've included each letter's biggest rising and falling names for boys and girls.

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The biggest rising and falling initials may not be what you expect!

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30 'Star Wars'-Inspired Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies

30 'Star Wars'-Inspired Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies | Name News | Scoop.it
Get ready to meet some more Kylos and Anakins.
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Word Names, All of Them (boys, 2016)

Finally got the boys' list finished! Same caveats as the girls: foreign names removed (apologies for any I missed), as well as archaic terms and jargon, unless particularly amusing or interesting. ;)
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Styles, Crimson, Ledger and more.

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Popular Baby Names in New Hampshire, 2016

Popular Baby Names in New Hampshire, 2016 | Name News | Scoop.it
Charlotte and Noah were the most popular baby names in New Hampshire in 2016.
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Word-Names, All of Them (2016, girls)

You know what we need more of? Word names! I decided to go back to just listing them all again this year, but in order of most-->leas
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Girls’ Names in the U.S. Top 1000 that Aren’t in the English/Welsh Top 1000

Girls’ Names in the U.S. Top 1000 that Aren’t in the English/Welsh Top 1000 | Name News | Scoop.it
Finally, the names that are currently popular for baby girls in the U.S. but not in England and Wales!  A few of the names here are in the top 1000 for British boys.  Unisex and gender-bending names are more American phenomenons.  To make this list, I compared the 2016 U.S. top 1000 against the top…
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Girls’ Names in the English/Welsh Top 1000 that Aren’t in the U.S. Top 1000

Girls’ Names in the English/Welsh Top 1000 that Aren’t in the U.S. Top 1000 | Name News | Scoop.it
These are all the girls’ names that are in the English and Welsh top 1000 for 2016 but *not* in the United States!  I made this list by comparing Office of National Statistics data against th…
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It's good to see them all laid out together. Some of them still surprise me. (How are Flora, Tess, May and Isobel not in the US top 1000?)

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Coolest Top 100 Girl Names: Scarlett, Aria, and Zoe

Coolest Top 100 Girl Names: Scarlett, Aria, and Zoe | Name News | Scoop.it
What are the coolest Top 100 girl names? These are my picks for names that are popular, but still have an edge. No surprise so many parents love them!
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Most Popular, Most Unisex Baby Names

Most Popular, Most Unisex Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
These unisex names are split most equally along gender lines. We calculated statistics from the most recent Social Security list to find the Top 50 most popular unisex names closest to a 50-50 split.
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Rank Corrections

An astute reader pointed out that the ranks in the 2016 Boys' List were messed up towards the middle. Thanks!!! I fixed it:
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Roses and Cellar Doors: Western Names 2: Cowboy Names

Better late than never, here are the "most Mountain Western" names (by % of babies given that name) in the Mountain states' combined Top 1000:
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Parents Are Honoring Their Favorite Musicians With These Baby Names

Parents Are Honoring Their Favorite Musicians With These Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
From Wilco and Beyonce to Jagger and Bowie.
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New Nature Baby Names

Unless noted, none of these names were used by either gender in 2016. All listed would be considered rare.
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Girls Baby Names: Hidden Treasures

Girls Baby Names: Hidden Treasures | Name News | Scoop.it
60 great girl names hardly used last year
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Like a lot of the commenters, I'm surprised some of these are so rare. Go forth and use them!

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Popular Baby Names in Sonoma County, CA, 2016

Popular Baby Names in Sonoma County, CA, 2016 | Name News | Scoop.it
here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Sonoma in 2016:

Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names
Amerabelle, Atlantis, Bleena, Calandra, Dallary, Diosa, Evaluna, Happy, Ivoryana, Jerusha, Kessley, Liliokalani, Maridahlia, Nabella, Parmys, Ravellen, Seva, Tajalli, Tusita, Velisse, Yadzell, Zemyna, Zyla Aeson, Ayris, Baxley, Cassius Clyde, Caulder, Coyote, Dorlan, Fling, Helio, Jaxper, Jenry, Kavari, Knoxville, Kolinio, Macario, Mountain, Nasric, Nyan, Olavio, Rigel, Rorik, Sonnen, Xompakh, Yolotli, Zaqarry
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THE BABY NAME TAG!! | All About Baby Names - YouTube

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