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One Hit Wonders: Beatrix, Baker & Boone

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Over the years, there have been hundreds of names that have rocketed onto the Top 1000 for one year, then just as suddenly disappeared, fading like shooting stars.  We’ve made a thorough search through these names, seeing what gems  we might find hidden among the oddball Metros, Councils and Dolls, the Jeps and Bunks and Schleys, which might merit a second appearance.

Two things to bear in mind: a lot of these names made their solo appearances soon after the Social Security list was launched, and so it’s possible that they might have enjoyed some previous popularity and were trending downward at that point.  And also, many of them ranked in the eight and nine hundreds, and so probably accounted for just ten or less newborns with those names.

It’s also interesting to scope out if there’s some historical reason for these singular appearances.  Wendell Wilkie, for example, was the 1940 Republican presidential nominee against FDR, accounting for the appearance of Wilkie that year, Tai Babilonia was the world figure skating champion when her name popped up in 1980, and Sable was the name of a character on the high-rated TV soap, The Colby‘s in 1986, when she was a one hit wonder.

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Your Top 5 Boy Names!

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Last week was the girls’ turn; now, we’re going to invite you to list your Top 5 boys’ names.

These can be names you’ve already used or are planning to use for a son, or just may be your five favorite names for boys.

If you can’t limit yourself to five, you can add runners up.  And tell us why you love these five names above all others, if you have the time and energy!

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19 Signs You’re Obsessive About Names

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Here at Nameberry, we know a lot about name obsession: We’ve been pretty obsessive about the subject ourselves for as long as we can remember.  And one of the great things about running this site is that it’s introduced us to a lot of fellow obsessive name people.  Maybe you’re one of them?

Here, 19 signs:

1. You’ve memorized the Social Security Top 1000 names.  And you’re fully prepared to take the quiz.

2.  American baby name books weren’t enough for you, so you’ve also amassed a collection of British, Australian, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and one Japanese baby name book.  In Japanese.

3. You’ve made a spreadsheet to analyze the results of your online baby name polls.

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by Angela Mastrodonato , Upswing Baby Names

Some of my favorite names are those that come across as modern but end up having a big past. These names hide their age well, giving them versatility.

Simply put, these are old names that sound new. If you are torn between the imaginative and the established, these names could be for you.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Some weeks, the baby names in the news are aggressively modern.  Rocket and Rebel, Ryder and Stryker.  Girls can be James.  While boys can’t be Sue, there’s no guessing if Kayden, Peyton, and Riley are boys or girls.

Factor in names borrowed from nature, colors, virtues, meanings, and the map, and it can feel like every parent-to-be is considering names that would be right at home in The Hunger Games.  Welcome to the world, Ocean, Indigo, and Haven.  May the odds be ever in your favor.

All of that novelty can make classic, even conservative names seem refreshing.

Little ladies and gentlemen dominated this week’s headlines.  They’re names with history and roots, vintage revivals that are back in 2014, or will be back by 2024.  Or 2054.  And they’ll always come back – eventually – because they’re just that enduring.

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