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Classic Baby Names Make a Comeback

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By Abby Sandel

The new US Top 1000 list is out, and there’s good news for those who love classic baby names! While plenty of newer names caught on, 2014 was all about the return of longtime favorites.

James bumped Jayden out of the US Top Ten. Alice and Eleanor re-entered the girls’ Top 100.

The farther you look down the list, the more vintage gems you’ll find. Some of the names have returned to the rankings after decades of hibernation. Others have never really gone away, but the numbers suggest that these classics might feel stylish and fresh once more.

Here are eighteen great names – nine for girls and nine for boys – that climbed 50 spots or more between 2013 and 2014.

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The Top Baby Names of 2014!

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The new Social Security list of Most Popular Baby Names in the US is out and the top boy and girl names of 2014 were Noah and Emma. And new Princess name Charlotte cracked the Top 10!

The biblical Noah retains the title for the second year in a row, but it’s Emma that’s the big surprise. Taking first place for the second time in seven years, this simple classic beat out all her frillier competitors—the romantic Olivia, Sophia and Isabella, who followed her at Numbers 2, 3 and 4.

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April babyberries

By Linda Rosenkrantz

April brought showers of beautifully named berrybabies, including two Olivers, an Oscar and an Otis—O definitely becoming the new ‘it’ vowel for boys. And Angus makes two appearances—as an April arrival and as a big brother.

For girls, we see some unusual middles—Tirzah, Haya and Behati.

There was one single set of twins—the adorably nickname-named Lottie and Minnie.

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By Abby Sandel

The US Social Security Administration is expected to release their annual list of the most popular baby names at the end of the week, just in time for Mother’s Day.

There are unofficial lists galore, including the ever-stylish Nameberry 100. But the Social Security data is the most accurate and complete record of all births registered in the US in calendar year 2014. Plus, they share a complete list of every single name given to at least five newborns in 2014.

It’s a lot of names. And yes, around here it’s like Christmas morning and the Super Bowl all rolled into one!

Will you be watching to see if your favorite names have become more popular? Are you hoping that a certain trend is over? Or are you cheering for a handful of names to catch on?

Here are nine questions I can’t wait to answer when we finally see the data on the most popular baby names.

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April Celebrity Baby Names

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By CaraMichelle

A substantial list of celebrity babies born last month, including such A-listers as Sam Worthington’s Rocket Zot, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biels’ son Silas Randall (shown), and Kimora Lee Simmons’ little Wolfe.

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen went the British surname route for their third child: Montgomery Moses Brian, and Ralph Lauren has new twin grandbabies called Cooper Blue (boy) and Kingsley Rainbow (girl) via his daughter Dylan. And Donovan Leitch, son of Donovan Leitch, named his son…Donovan.

New gender benders include girls named Dashiel (Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson) and Wilder (Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb).

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