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posted by: Tiana Putric View all posts by this author
portmanteau names

by Tiana Putric

It’s official, portmanteaus – words created by combining parts and meanings of two or more words –  have slipped into almost every part of our lives. We have become expert word blenders joining words (chocoholic), couples (Brangelina), foods (Cronut), meals (brunch), languages (Spanglish), labels (screenager), tech terms (vlog), recreational activities (glamping), clothing (skort), countries (Tanzania), baby names (Gracelynn), and dogs (Labradoodle); the list is endless.

Word mashups have definitely changed the way we communicate: they’re catchy, creative, and convenient. I wonder, have we name nerds overlooked this linguistic art? Most parents do not utilize portmanteaus when referring to their brood, but I think parents and children could have a lot of fun creating solo and sibset name blends.

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts
Name Sage boy with violets

Maria writes:

We are expecting a baby in July. We’re not finding out the gender – but that’s proving to be extremely difficult when it comes to names!

If it’s a girl, we have a list as long as my arm: Willow, Hazel, Lace, Maple, Olive, Violet, Eva, Sylvie/Sylvie, and Ruby.

For boys, I like Lars, Banjo, and Oak. But I cannot find any names that my husband and I both love.

I prefer older names, and don’t like traditional names like John or William. Can you suggest a boy’s name that would be similar to the girl’s names I’ve listed?

July is a long way away at the moment – but at the rate we’re going, if this baby is a boy he’ll be nameless or called Violet!

The Name Sage replies:

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Blizzard of 2016: Snowy baby names

Snowy baby names

The blizzard that blanketed much of the US mid-Atlantic area in snow last weekend caused shuttered schools and businesses, buried cars and other massive disruptions for 80 million people. But with all that chaos, TV screens and the Internet were filled with picturesque wintry scenes and skiers gliding down Fifth Avenue. Snow still has a magical quality for the child in all of us, one that is celebrated in baby names across countless cultures. (by Linda Rosenkrantz)

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posted by: Abby View all posts by this author
100 great names

By Abby Sandel

Earlier this month, we shared our list of the Best Baby Names Right Now. We declared them the right mix of authentic and creativie, perfect for 2016, and wearable into the 22nd century, too.

It was so much fun to hear your reactions. Perhaps the most controversial name? John, dismissed as boring and obvious after so many years of popularity.

We also asked you to add one more name to our list. Berries never disappoint! Your suggestions ranged from the head-smacking “Why didn’t that one make the cut?” to a few that we’re watching for 2017.

Seventeen of the names received multiple mentions, so let’s start with those:

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Hottest Baby Names 2016

hottest baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

What are the hottest baby names for the year ahead?

To find out, we looked at which names have attracted the most unique views of a total of more than six million visits to our name pages in the past 30 days.

Then we tracked which of those top names had increased 50 percent or more over the same period last year.

The result: A group of 50 baby names we see as the very hottest right now.  These names might not be showing up on international popularity lists quite yet. But the current spike in interest is sure to translate to much wider adoption in the months and years ahead.

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