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By Abby Sandel

Looking at this week’s baby names in the news, you might think that parents are all about short names. We’ve heard high profile birth announcements for Edie and Della, Iyla and Poppy – no formal names required.

But it’s not that simple. Sure, Ava and Mia are in the current girls’ US Top 10. But so are Olivia and Isabella. Cheerful nickname Liam is the Number 2 name for boys, but classic William isn’t far behind.

For nearly every short name that’s trending upwards, there’s a longer possibility that’s also on the rise.

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The Latest Starbaby Names

July starbabies

By CaraMichelle

There was an exceptionally long list of new starbabies born in July, and here is CaraMichelle’s comprehensive rundown.

Among the highest profile arrivals were Charlize Theron‘s daughter August, Sophie B. Hawkins’s Esther Ballantine, Brandon and Leah Jenner’s Eva James (a middle name increasingly worn by girls), Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross‘s daughter Jagger Snow, Macklemore’s Sloane Ava Simone, Jeff Goldblum’s Charlie Ocean, and Jaime King‘s Leo Thames.

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Baby Names From Ordinary to Out-There

popular or unusual?

By Abby Sandel

Everybody loves Eackma. It’s tops in the US, huge in France, big in Italy and Ireland, loved by the Dutch, and a favorite in Spain and Scandinavia, too. This week, we learned that Emma is Number 1 in Switzerland, favored by parents who speak Italian, French, and German.

At the same time, plenty of parents are working to choose a name that’s less popular. Some avoid the Top Ten, but stick with Top 100 choices like Piper or Stella. Others worry that Esme and Magnolia are too popular now that they’ve cracked the Top 1000.

Many of the baby names in the news this week are rare – in some cases, nearly one-of-one choices.

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Babyberry Announcements for July

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Get ready for another monthsworth of imaginative Berrybaby choices—from Alaric to Zadoc!

Just a one single name found multiple users in July: Elsie, but also the Isobel spelling was found in both first and middle place.

The nature middle name trend continues, with an Iris, a Sage, a Lake, and a Wren.  For vowel watchers: Just a solitary A-girl, but five beginning with E. And three accidental alliterations.

Here’s the list:

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The Age of Bold Middle Names

bold middle names

By Abby Sandel

Filler middle names are a thing of the past.

It’s a 21st century baby naming reality. Not only do we obsess over finding the perfect first name, we have to find middles that hit the right note, too.

That wasn’t always the case. If you were born in the 1980s, there’s a good chance that your parents named you Melissa Ann. Or maybe you’re Heather Marie. In the last decade or two, names like Rose and Grace became favorite middles for girls.

For boys, the classics – James, William, and Joseph – have always been big.

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