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K names for boys

By Kara Blakley

I recently wrote about the letter K, and how and why it might not get the love it deserves. K names, Berries often protest, are often trendy or “kree8tiv” respellings of mainstays. But K also has a lot of untapped potential since it’s easily a language-crossing letter. K is also more popular on the US charts than on Nameberry, so choosing a K name might be a way to find the perfect fit-in stand-out name. We’ve looked at the girls, now here are my nominations for K names for boys that deserve a second look:

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New Celebrity Baby Name Predictions

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Celebrity names predictions

By Sophie Kihm

This month has seen some high profile pregnancy announcements. The Baldwins, Olivers, and Reynolds? How did we get so lucky? There’s no doubt that these babies will have interesting names, but what they are exactly, we can’t yet say. We might have to wait a few more months to hear these babies’ names, but in the meantime, we can always speculate. These are my picks for the big celebrity baby names–from the classic and respected to the unconventional and bizarre (I’m looking at you, Jamie Oliver).

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The Many Names of David Bowie: Part 1

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Bowie baby names

By Anna Otto, WaltzingMoreThanMatilda

During his long career, rock icon David Bowie was the master of reinvention, constantly changing image and donning guises, until it has become a cliche to describe him as chameleon-like. More unusually, the masks that Bowie wore and the roles he assumed were often given a name, becoming characters in their own right. In tribute to David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year, here are some of the names he wore or were connected with him.

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Boston marathon baby anmes

By Tiana Putric

The Boston Marathon, rooted in ancient Greek history, is the oldest modern annual marathon in the world: it was established in 1897 – 119 years ago! Taking place every year on Patriots’ Day, it falls this year on April 18th, when tens of thousands of marathoners from around the world will run while hundreds of thousands of spectators will watch, applaud, and shout words of encouragement.

Meet the interesting names of eight past Boston Marathon winners from Ellison Brown in the men’s open to Jacqueline Gareau in the women’s open to Marcel Hug and Edith Hunkeler in the men’s and women’s wheelchair division.

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Neglected Baby Names: The K girls

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By Kara Blakley

K, more than most other letters, has been misunderstood. Check the Nameberry forums and you’ll find plenty of comments like, “I’m not a fan of K names. Most give me the trendy vibe.” “I am not a fan of K names. I think this has to do with the trend of replacing Cs with Ks,” “Most K names look off,” “I usually interpret the K names as being younger or less traditional than the Cs,” “Cs are classier than Ks.” You get the idea. And yet, K is a pretty popular letter in the wider world. A few numbers demonstrate the disparity of love for K: the Top 250 on Nameberry includes seven K names (including Khaleesi and Katniss) for girls, and six for boys. However, there are sixteen K names for girls and twelve for boys in the US Top 250.

Perhaps K has an image problem: an overexposed TV family might have something to do with that. What if namers might be inclined towards a K name, but they’re not sure how to choose one that will retain its appeal long after certain reality stars fade from the spotlight?

Here are my nominations for K names worth a second look. Not only do none of these names exude the “kree8tiv” vibe that Berries typically stay away from, but many actually have a use and sound that transcend languages and cultures.

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