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11 Most Notable Names of 2011

What were the names that most commanded our attention this year?  Our notable names of 2011 are inspired by heroes and heroines real and imagined, contemporary and historic, all grown up and newborn.  Their names are zooming into focus and disappearing from view, newly-minted and freshly revived.

The most notable names of 2011, one of them perhaps right for your brand new baby, are:

PIPPA. Runner Up: Kate

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When it comes to the Middleton sisters, Kate may have the title of Countess, but Pippa has the title of most influential name holder. Though her full name of Philippa may not have made any inroads yet, her peppy, perky nickname has definitely impressed American baby namers—it’s already in the Nameberry Top 50.

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