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New Royal Baby Name Contest!

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Royal baby watch is in full swing! A little brother or sister for Prince George Alexander Louis is expected any day now.

The world is waiting to learn whether the newest Windsor will be a prince or a princess. We’re happy for Will and Kate either way – as long as they choose a great name! We recently covered the latest speculation over the most likely royal baby names, from favorites like Alice to dark horses like Richard.

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Cool New Celebrity Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

What a busy week! There’s been a royal birth – no, not that royal birth. A candy entrepreneur welcomed colorfully named twins. A reality star gave birth to a son, and so did a famously private Hollywood power couple.

Every celebrity baby name in the headlines this week was on trend – colors and surnames, Biblical boys and place names for girls.

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The Royal Baby Name Update

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The due date of the next British royal baby has now been semi-officially announced as April 25, so we are definitely in the home stretch of the name guessing games. Though overwhelming bets are on the baby being a girl, blue names have to be considered as well. Below are the dozen names considered favorites—though there are also some outliers like Frederick, Richard, Alexander and Alexandra lurking on the betting lists.

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Vintage Baby Names

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

I was asked by a magazine interviewer recently why I thought some vintage names come back and others don’t. Why Cora and Flora and not Dora? Why Edward and not Edwin? All of which got me thinking about the influences that do propel names out of the attic and into the spotlight.

The most obvious and evident of these is the celebrity factor in all its manifestations. Stars’ names, stars’ baby names and the names of characters they play:

Some examples:

ScarlettYes, the name of Miss Scarlett was used by a handful of parents following the publication of Gone With the Wind, but it wasn’t until Ms. Johansson burst on the scene that it really took off, bringing it now into the Top 50.

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Celebrity Baby Names for Boys

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By Abby Sandel

Here’s something we hear again and again: naming a boy is hard!

Parents tend to play it safe – or at least safer – when it’s time to name a son. The reasons are many: a tendency to hand down family names, fewer possible variations of popular boys’ names, a narrower definition of what makes a choice appropriately masculine.

All of those trends are changing today, but the numbers still demonstrate that we’re more willing to take a risk if it’s a girl. Less than 70% of newborn baby girls have received a Top 1000 name over the last decade. But for boys, that figure is closer to 80%.

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