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Coming Attractions: New Star Wars Names

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Rogue One Names

By Nick Turner

In the nearly forty years since the first Star Wars movie debuted, the series has had a notable impact on baby-naming trends.

The original films gave a boost to the name Luke, and the prequels helped push the once-esoteric Anakin into the Top 1000.

Now there’s a new Star Wars movie–Rogue One–set to premier in a couple of weeks, bringing a fresh assortment of character names to pore over.

It’s hard to predict which monikers might strike the fancy of baby-naming parents, but Rogue One contains a range of options — from those that are already established (Galen, Orson) to the more adventurous (Bistan, Raddus).

I went through the list of character names from the movie and compared them against Social Security Administration data, aiming to get a sense of which picks might catch on.

Here are some of the more promising choices…

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Irish Baby Names: 17 Fresh Ideas

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Irish Names

By Sophie Kihm

So many Americans have Irish ancestry, yet relatively few have embraced authentic Irish names. I’m not talking about Caoimhe or Eithne necessarily, but using names with Irish origins can be a meaningful way to showcase your heritage. If you’re looking for a name that hits the sweet spot between unusual and familiar (and without a difficult pronunciation), one of these could be the perfect name for your little lad or lassie.

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Modern Baby Names That Aren’t So Modern

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names medieval, not modern

By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

For many people (especially the non-name obsessed), names tend to fall into categories typically defined by their era.

There are the “classic” perennial choices like Elizabeth, William, Anna, James, which never seem to go out of style; the biblical choices which have been used, in various forms, for millennia (even if their popularity has fluctuated); the “old-fashioned” choices, which encompass anything popular 50+ years ago which have since fallen out of favour; and, of course, “modern” names.

Modern names feel like fresh, new creations. They may be inspired by words (Miley, Nevaeh, Serenity), a newly discovered import (Isla, Mila, Leonardo) or a surname adopted for use as a given name. All feel like they break the mold, treading a new path from the popular given names that have come before and perhaps raising eyebrows among the older generations.

But our perception of “modern” can sometimes be misleading. Here are some names – which appear to be modern coinages – that were used as given names centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages.

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Zodiac baby names

By E. Wittig

The last autumn sign of the Western Zodiac is Sagittarius, the archer. Drawn in the stars as a centaur wielding a bow, the archer stands for adventure, independence, and honesty. Those born from November 22nd to December 21st are graced with the sign of the archer.

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Baby Name Royal

By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

Looking through old name data and saying names out loud, you begin to hear the changes in aural trends. Try saying the top ten names from each decade in order, and see what you find! This post is about one sound that’s all-but-vanished from birth certificates: “oy”.

The sound “oy” or “oi” is a diphthong, which means it consists of two adjacent vowels in a single syllable. While the sound shows up quite a lot in English, it’s been decreasing on name records.

Let’s look at some historical “oy” names, then move onto today’s favorites!

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