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The Violent New Wave of Baby Names

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It’s a tough world out there, and the new cadre of aggressive, sometimes violent baby names paint a grim picture of parents’ outlook for the future. Baby names inspired by guns and other weapons, by violent behavior, and by historical and mythical warriors are all on the rise – for girls as well as boys. Here, a look at the new violent names and the numbers that demonstrate their power.  — by Pamela Redmond Satran with research by Esmeralda Rocha

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20 UK Names We Should Steal

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By Abby Sandel

The new top baby names for England and Wales came out recently. At first glance, American and British parents have a lot in common. We all love Jack and Emily, Isabella and James.

But the new UK Top 100 is packed with names that far more popular across the pond – including a few that are all but ignored by American parents.

Here are my picks for the British baby names that Americans should import.

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Name Sage: But I Like All 42 Names!

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Amy writes:

We are expecting our second little girl in the next few months.

We found the perfect name for our first daughter, Viviana Rose. We call her Viviana, Vivi and Viv. I love the nickname options. We also love that it’s classic with a twist so that it’s out of the US Top 100.

Now we’re expecting another pretty little girl and I need a name that can live up to the fullness, warmth, and femininity of Viviana. It has to feel right on a child, but also appropriate for an adult.

The problem is that we’ve already used our favorite name, and picking another name is just leaving me feeling deflated.

I have 42 names on my name list. I can’t even believe I’m admitting to that in writing. 42! I like them all. They’re nice. But nothing has that same sparkle.

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100+ Unusual and Exotic Baby Names

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

One of our favorite name nerd activities is combing the bottom reaches of the official US list of baby names to find choices that are both high unusual and eminently usable.

The focus of our search this time: Names with an international flavor, better known in Italy or the Netherlands, Tokyo or Tehran than they are in the US.

Yet they’re names that easily translate.  They may have never fully assimilated into American culture the way Aidan or Anya have, but they’re not completely unknown either.

If you’re looking for an unusual and exotic name for your little girl or boy, consider these 100+ excellent choices all given to 25 or fewer babies in 2014 — the exact number follows the name.

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9 Names I Can’t Stop Recommending

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By Abby Sandel

Are there baby names that you suggest to every expectant friend? Maybe they’re names that you can’t use for one reason or another. Or maybe they’re names you might consider for a future child – assuming your friends don’t follow your suggestions first.

In the Nameberry forums and blog posts, we all get to share those names. Can berries influence the popularity charts? As I watch names like Maisie and Emmeline re-enter the US Top 1000, I think that maybe all of those conversations make a difference.

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