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100 great names

By Abby Sandel

Earlier this month, we shared our list of the Best Baby Names Right Now. We declared them the right mix of authentic and creativie, perfect for 2016, and wearable into the 22nd century, too.

It was so much fun to hear your reactions. Perhaps the most controversial name? John, dismissed as boring and obvious after so many years of popularity.

We also asked you to add one more name to our list. Berries never disappoint! Your suggestions ranged from the head-smacking “Why didn’t that one make the cut?” to a few that we’re watching for 2017.

Seventeen of the names received multiple mentions, so let’s start with those:

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presidential losers

By Nick Turner

It’s been said that history is written by the victors. But losers leave a legacy of their own.

That’s the case with U.S. presidential elections, in which fondly remembered statesmen often wind up as the runner-up — not the chief executive.

In an earlier column, I examined the names of American presidents (specifically, their surnames) and whether a candidate’s rise to power influences baby-name trends.

This time around I’d like to look at names of presidential losers.

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Ten Rare Musical Monikers

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musical names

By Tiana Putric

Inspired by the new-found popularity of Aria, which entered the popularity list in 2000 and now has risen to Number 31 (thanks to a presence on the TV show Pretty Little Liars), and other names like Melody and Lyric in the Top 300, I thought I would suggest some other musical possibilities, along with their meanings. None of the following have ever registered on the U.S. Top 1000; in fact they may be entirely new appellations or extremely rare ones.

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Zodiac Names: Age of Aquarius

Aquarius names

By E. Wittig

Aquarius, the water bearer, is the eleventh sign of the western zodiac and a distant constellation in the night sky. People born between late January and late February are given this sign, one of three represented by the element air. They are said to be intelligent, generous, unconventional, and independent individuals. Find some names below suitable for your little water bearer.

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Are You Thinking of Renaming Yourself?

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changing your name


By Kara Cavazos @ The Art of Naming

Changing your name can be tough. It requires that you really know yourself and what you want.

You would need to browse through name lists and pick out the ones that jump at you. Maybe you’ll find something that instantly speaks to you, but most likely it’ll take a while and names will need to grow on you. You’ll need to try them on and wear them to see if they’re a fit.

You could go about it in many different ways but it would depend on if you want to keep a connection to your old name or abandon it completely. Here are a few of the many possible methods for choosing a different name for yourself:

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