New Cool Color Names for 2017

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By Abby Sandel

Every year brings new colors. Pantone named the spring-like Greenery 2017’s Color of the Year. Sherwin Williams opted for Poised Taupe, while rival paint company Benjamin Moore went with Shadow.

So that’s what we’ll be painting our walls. But how about what we’ll be naming our children?

With Scarlett, Hazel, Violet, Jade, Forrest, and Rose all popular, it’s easy to imagine parents looking for more colorful inspiration.

Last week, Molly Sims welcomed son Grey Douglas, a little brother for Brooks and Scarlett. It’s nicely ahead of the trends. Grayson ranks in the US Top 50; Greyson isn’t far behind. Grey makes for a minimalist twist on that popular sound.

Grey and Gray feel soft and subtle, much less dramatic than Indigo or Crimson. But there’s room for both kinds of color names as we move into 2017.

Here are my picks for the next generation of undiscovered color names:

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Country Boy Names: The best of the west

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We Americans love country names for our boys. Proof is in the current US Top 100: Wyatt and Ryder, Jackson and Hunter, Colton and Easton.

Some boys’ names feel country because of their associations, like Wyatt Earp or Johnny and June Carter Cash singing “Jackson.” Others bring to mind rodeo (Ryder) and the great outdoors (Hunter). Others are harder to pin down, but seem every bit as at home on a tractor or holding a fishing rod.

Country boy names fall somewhere between classic and modern. They’re rustic, but they wear almost as well in the big city as at home on the range.

Our picks for the best country boy names are:

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baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz with Esmeralda Rocha

We recently posted a list of the names that you Berries showed the greatest interest in over the past year—topped by the not-too-surprising Olivia and Amelia, (both of which ranked in the top dozen nationally), and Ezra and Asher. But now we want to look at the names that were actually chosen when the moment of decision finally arrived, when the clicking and sharing stopped and all the tempting possibilities had to be narrowed down to that one ultimate, single, final choice.

Of course we know that, sadly, only a small percentage of berry births get recorded in our Birth Announcement Forum, our only available source (Memo to those expecting new arrivals in 2017: Resolve to share your choices with all of us!). But still, more than 300 new parents did enter their picks.

So which were the most popular among them?

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Twin Baby Names: Double Delivery Surprise

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A double delivery surprise means four finalist names! If their twins are boys, they’re all set. But when it comes to girls’ names, they’re not sure where to begin.

Megan writes:

My husband and I are expecting fraternal twins in a few short months.  We have decided to keep the babies’ genders a surprise. As a result, we need to come up with four names (two boys and two girls).

We have two older children already. Our son’s name is Holden and our daughter’s name is Amelia.  We have a very common last name that starts with B.

We had no problem coming up with boy names for our twins.  We have chosen Miles and Emerson. If we have boy/girl twins, we have decided to use Emerson as the boy name.

We are at a bit of a standstill when it comes to girl names.  We don’t want any names that are too matchy, and would prefer names that do not have easily derived nicknames, but other than that we don’t have any real guidelines for names.

My top contenders are Hadley, Cora, Lila, and Margo.  My husband’s top contenders are Annabelle/Annabel, Maeve, and Elaida.  While we don’t hate each other’s choices, we don’t love them either.

I want names that I love as much as my other children’s names and our boy name choices.

We are quickly getting closer to the babies’ arrivals and we are desperate to find the right girl names. Do you have any suggestions for girl names to round out our list?

The Name Sage replies:

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Celebrity Baby Names: Ada to Zeppelin

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By CaraMichelle

A super-long list this month as Cara includes some pre-December names that weren’t available earlier.

Included are a Lord and a King and Mick Jagger‘s 8th child.  Names used in December by more than one celebrity couple: Luna, Mila, Willow, Asher, Eli (3x), Jax, Liam, and Mateo.

The illustration is of Pink‘s daughter, Willow and new baby brother, Jameson.

Here’s the full list:

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