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By CaraMichelle

Some of the high-profile highlights from this long list of January starbaby births:

Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo! Gave her twin girls the lovely and exotic names Marielle and Sylvana.

Jack Huston went for the dramatic, Van Gogh-ish Cypress Night, Tyra Banks for the stylish York Banks, Michael Bublé for the classic Elias (brother of Noah)

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, after a tangle of media misinformation, revealed that the actual name of his son is Freddie Reign.

Also of interest: the name Love Lily and the sibset Django, Djordan, Djaeda and Djanai. And two Bowies born in the month the singer died; I’m sure there are many more to come.

Here’s the full list:

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Name Sage: Naming Kiddo #4

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Elisabeth writes: 

I am great with child, due March 25. My babies have all come early, so we are literally down to the last few weeks!

It has been increasingly difficult to decide on a name with each pregnancy. This is Baby #4. (And no, I don’t know if we’re done yet!) We have Luke Tyler, Sadie Lynn, and Cannon Covey. We tend to fall into the “name them what you’re going to call them” camp. All the middle names are family names, and we plan to use a family name for this little lady too.

My husband leans more toward popular names. I’d prefer something much less popular. Luckily we do agree on quite a few:

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Chinese New Year Baby Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Monkey, the ninth zodiac sign, coming between the sheep and the rooster.

In the past, we’ve celebrated the strength of Leo and the other leonine names, as well as Bear and Wolf and Fox. But what about our fellow primates, which the Chinese characterize as smart, curious and cute? Here are some possible namesakes, both fictional and real—though it’s just conceivable that you might want to keep their simian inspiration your secret.

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Pretty baby names

By Abby Sandel

What’s wrong with pretty?

Some weeks it seems like all of the newborn girls are being called James. Or Dashiel, Ryan, Wilder, Arlo, or Charlie, all names that appeared on celebrity girls’ birth announcements last year.

But pretty names for girls still carry the day. Nine of the US Top Ten names are clearly feminine. And graceful, pretty names are well represented on Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names list.

This week, the pendulum swung towards girly-girl names. Looking at this list, it’s easy to argue that pretty names can still be strong, and girls with lovely names can grow up to be world class athletes or CEOs. After all, those are the job descriptions of the high profile parents who chose such lovely names for their new arrivals.

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black history month

For Black History Month this year we celebrate the women fine artists whose activism is reflected in their bold paintings, sculpture, photography and crafts, several of which expose African-American stereotypes and other forms of racism. (By Linda Rosenkrantz)

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