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Which famous figures have the largest influence on baby names right now?The most important baby name influencers are a fascinating mix of actors, writers, sports stars, musicians, and historical figures. What they all share: A charismatic and sometimes heroic image that can inspire parents….and their young namesakes.

Here, based on their names’ standings in the current US list of most popular names, are the biggest baby name influencers of our time.
Pamela Redmond Satran

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New Starbabies: The September Summary

Starbabies for September

By Cara Michelle

Some particularly interesting choices in CaraMichelle’s comprehensive round-up of celebrity baby arrivals in September. There are girls boyishly named Arlo, Ellington, Wylde and Rocket, plus the girly girl Honey Krissy; and among the boys, the unique tribute name DeNiro Benjamin.

Here’s the complete list:

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Name Sage: Will Chester Be Teased?

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Caren writes: 

My husband and I are due with our second child in a month. We have a daughter named Eloise Esther (both family names) and we love older names.

My husband’s grandfather’s name is Chester, and so is my husband’s middle name. Chester Reed (again, both family names) is in our top two baby names for our child.

My dilemma is the horrible nickname that Chester often comes with during the school years: Chester the Molester.

My husband was raised to be very proud of his middle name and it doesn’t bother him. I’m just afraid that our son won’t be the same, or it will hurt him more than my husband.

Close friends and family have mentioned this to me, so what the heck is the general public going to say?

It’s been suggested that we use it as a middle name, but our other favorite name is Porter, and Porter Chester doesn’t sound good at all.

What do I do? Do I put my foot down and say no way? Or do I hope that we can raise him to love his namesake and his name?

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Babyberry Births in September

Births September 2015

By Linda Rosenkrantz

A remarkably rich roster of new babyberries in this month’s report. First of all, three sets of gorgeously named twins, two girl pairs and one boy:

Flavia Tamsin and Ruby Amaryllis

Iona Dorothy and Willow Jemima

Dexter Frans Yaniv and Lennox Noam Juhani

And we can’t help noting the even greater than usual profusion of floral and other nature names among these newbies and their sibs—Amaryllis, Marigold, Willow, Posey, Juniper…also nice to see the return of Jemima and Jethro.

Here is the full list of announcements posted on the forum in September.

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names in the news

By Abby Sandel

It was a week chock full of birth announcements. Some weeks it feels like classic baby names carry the day. Other times, creativity reigns.

But sometimes – maybe most of the time – it’s a mix.

This week’s baby names in the news were definitely an eclectic bunch. From vintage choices to new-to-me names, many of this week’s high profile birth announcements made for surprising choices.

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