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By John Kelly

As we greet the new year with big goals and big dreams, let’s not forget some of the big names that closed out 2016. In December, we celebrated and remembered many a bright and brilliant star, if the origins of many of last month’s newsy names are any measure.

Kirk

On December 9th, acting legend Kirk Douglas turned an impressive 100. His birth name was Issur, a Yiddish variant of Israel, Hebrew for “he who strives with God” and alluding to how the biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel. Issur took the name Kirk Douglas before he joined the Navy during World War II. Like Issur, Kirk also has a religious root: It began as a northern English and Scottish surname, taken from the Old Norse word for “church,” referring to families who lived near them.

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Debbie Reynolds Character Names

By Emily Cardoza

Within a day of losing Carrie Fisher, film audiences lost another icon – her mother, Debbie Reynolds. A talented actress and entertainer, Reynolds enchanted several generations of filmgoers, from her roles in Singin’ in the Rain to Charlotte’s Web to Halloweentown. And of course, among these roles, we have some great names to consider.

Kathy Selden
Reynolds was only nineteen when she played Kathy Selden in the classic musical, Singin’ in the Rain. The name Kathy reached its popularity peak only a few years after the film was released, rising to Number 14 in 1958. Today, long form Katherine is favored, with Katie and Kaylee among popular variants.

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Carrie Fisher Character Names

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By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

After the tragic double loss of daughter and mother Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds within a day of each other, Emily Cardoza pays tribute by looking at the names of some of their most iconic characters. First, Carrie Frances Fisher.

Carrie

Alright, so it’s not a character name. Carrie was born to actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in 1956, at which time the name ranked #208. Carrie left the Top 1000 in 2007, but could make a comeback, especially in the next year. 

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2016.

TRADITIONAL NON-PERENNIALS

It looks like Oliver and Olivia will be the big hits of 2016. Oliver has been #1 in England and Wales since 2013 and is set to keep his crown. Olivia has taken second place to Amelia since 2011. But the births for Amelia have been steadily going down, and Olivia creeping up. Olivia has also taken the #1 spot in Scotland this year according to provisional data for 2016.

Both Olivia and Oliver are names with a lot of history, but were both quite rare in use up until the 18th and 19th century respectively. This gives them the same elegant, grounded feel as many “classic” perennial favourites, without feeling too tired or commonplace.

Several other names fitting this same bill have also seen a rise this year including Jasper, Ralph, Lachlan, Tobias, Ottilie, Alexandra, Aurora, Claudia and Beatrix.

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International Girl Names: Turkish delights

By Woohyun Myungeun

The baby names of Turkey are a combination of the traditional and religious examples like Fatma, Ayshe and Hatice to the modern Alara, Kayra and Selin. Here are 20 stellar Turkish girl names representing that mix of the familiar and those that might be new to you.

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