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Baby Name Trendspotting: Hello, Dolly!

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

Even though they didn’t make the top 20 list of names which had moved up the most in 2013, one thing I particularly noticed about the recent England and Wales data release was the number of “Dol” names that had shot onto the scene.

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unisex names

A lot of people complain about unisex names.

Names like Riley and Rory, they say — never mind Maxwell or James — should never be used for girls.  Those are boys’ names, and should stay on the boys’ side of the fence.

And then there are those people who campaign for names such as Ashley and Evelyn to be repossessed by the boys from the girls.

Other says that word names and place names such as Halcyon and Havana have no intrinsic gender and so are equally appropriate for girls and boys.

We’d like to spin this controversy to a more positive place and ask which names you think truly work best for both genders.  Please name names and let us know why you think  your choices go both ways with the most grace.

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August Starbabies: Ophelia and Saint Laszlo

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By CaraMichelle

This month saw some high-profile baby name announcements, like those of Scarlett Johansson and Savannah Guthrie, and also such surprising choices as Saint Laszlo and Kiki-Kate.  Rocker Dave Grohl chose the Shakespearean Ophelia for his third daughter, following more conventional choices, and fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff pulled a gender switch when she named her daughter Bowie Lou.

Here’s CaraMichelle’s full roster of starbabies born in August:

Girls:

Adalynn Grace (Peyton and Patience Siva)

Aitana, sister of Ashlin, Vadhir, and Eduardo (Eugenio Derbez and Alessandra Rosaldo)

Amelia Blair (Derek and Mallory Anderson)

Ava Grace (Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre)

Bowie Lou, sister of Luca (Rebecca Minkoff and Gavin Bellour)

Harper, sister of Dylan (f) (Kristy Hinze-Clark and Jim Clark)

Kiki-Kate, sister of Lola-Lily (Nicolette van Dam and Bas Smit)

Linnea Dori (Alysia and Louis Montano)

London Rose, sister of Jackson and Etta (Carson Daly and Siri Pinter)

Lucy Fitzgerald (Peter and Julie Frates)

Mae (Kate Ritchie and Stuart Webb)

Marlowe Mae (Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino)

Milla Jane Maree (Jake Stringer and Abby Gilmore)

Ophelia Saint, sister of Violet and Harper (Dave Grohl and Jordan Blum)

Rose Dorothy (Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac)

Rylen Judith, sister of Baylen, Bowen, and Callen (Drew and Brittany Brees)

Summer Rain, sister of Max (Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler)

Vale Esme (Graeme and Kristin McDowell)

Vale Guthrie (Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman)

Zelda Rose (Liam McMullan and Virginia Chambers)

Boys:

Archer Grason (Dan and Marni Ewing)

August Louis, brother of Avalon and Nixon (Sami Muirhead and Sam Bohner)

Eddie (Nick Knowles and Jessica Rose Moor)

Eli Andrew, brother of Lily (Gareth David-Lloyd and Gemma James)

Greyson Ellis (Brandon and Haylee Belt)

Isaac Joseph, brother of Felix and Eli (Fiona O’Carroll and Martin Delany)

Joaquin Enriquez (Peter and Allision Quillin)

Kingman (Baron Davis and Isabella Brewster)

Max (Michelle Doherty and Mark O’Shea)

Megaa Omari (Omarion and Apryl Jones)

Milo (Residente and Soledad Fandino)

Omré (Oritsé Williams and AJ Azari)

Saint Laszlo, brother of Bronx (Pete Wentz and Meagan Camper)

Zed (Fann Wong and Christopher Lee)

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international baby names

By Anna Otto, Waltzing More Than Matilda

There’s a lot to be said for having a name that is familiar in many countries. It makes travel and working overseas just that little bit easier, and if you have a particular cultural background, it’s nice to know that relatives in your country of origin will easily be able to spell and pronounce your child’s name. Even if your child never leaves their native shores, we live in a global village, and they will most likely meet, study, and work with people from other countries.

To me, a name with high international recognition needed to be popular in as many regions as possible, so that as a mimimum, it needed to be Top 100 in the English-speaking countries of Australia, New Zealand, England/Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada, and the USA. It also needed to be popular in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.

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Royal Baby Names, Round 2!

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka Will and Kate of Great Britain, have announced that they’re newly expecting baby number two, a sibling for one-year-old Prince George Alexander Louis.

Now that they’ve given their heir an appropriately kingly name, what will they name their spare?

Another name traditionally used in the royal family, we bet, but the door opens a bit wider for a name that may not have been used for a king or queen but has a lesser royal pedigree and is a bit more adventurous.  While we don’t see Diana as a first name, it could well end up in the middle, as could another offbeat choice such as Leopold or Matilda.

Our Top Ten ideas, based on the bookmakers’ odds and our own best guesses.

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