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Classic Baby Names Reborn

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Every year, new baby names vault onto the US Top 1000, some of them (hello, Zendaya!) for the very first time and others making a return appearance.

But what about those names that have been off the list for a decade or longer — sometimes more than half a century! — and are now making a comeback?

There were only 13 such reborn names on the Top 1000 for 2014.  It may be questionable to call some of them classics as they only entered widespread use in the 1970s or 80s.  But many of these names were hugely popular 100 or more years ago and are true classic names once again spreading their wings.

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The ABCs of Girls’ Names

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by Abby Sandel

Everything you need to know about girls’ baby names, from A to Z. Looking for the boys’ version? It’s right here.

A

A is the most popular letter for girls’ names, including Top Tens Ava and Abigail, plus Avery, Amelia, Aubrey, Addison, and fast-climbing newcomer, Aria.

B

Longtime Nameberry favorite Beatrix doesn’t rank in the US Top 1000. Beatrice is Nameberry’s Number 34, but comes in at a mere Number 601 in the US.

C

Will and Kate chose the classic Charlotte for their new daughter in May. So did lots of American parents. It’s currently the tenth most popular name for girls in the US.

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The James Gang

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Among the classic boys’ names, James shines out as one of the most enduring, likable and versatile, still stylish after centuries of popular usage. Here are some of the many nicknames and variations of James, including his charming international counterparts.

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts
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Jasmine writes:

My husband and I are expecting our second child this summer. We thought we had chosen the absolutely perfect name. It’s the name that we have been calling the baby for months. It just felt so right. 

The name is Henry. We already have an Oliver and thought they were both good, strong traditional names.  

So what’s the problem?

My father drowned in a boating accident when I was four. Obviously, I was too young to know the details. Imagine my shock when I told my mother we were naming the baby Henry, and she replied that my father’s accident happened in Frederick Henry Bay.

I am absolutely devastated.

The other name we considered was Charlie, but it doesn’t have the same feeling as Henry did. I keep scrolling through baby name lists and nothing stands out. 

Some say it’s a good sign to use the name. I’m not sure, and yet, we can’t find another name we love as much.

I hope you can help! 

The Name Sage replies:

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Literary Baby Names in the News

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By Abby Sandel

Let’s talk literary baby names.

Jennifer Love Hewitt’s new son has a name borrowed from one of the hottest sources of baby name inspiration today: the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Noah Wyle’s new daughter has a Mockingbird middle. Her first is associated with a beloved children’s author, too, whose most famous works date to the early twentieth century, as well as with the heroine of J.D. Salinger’s famous story Franny and Zooey.

The current Number 1 name for girls comes from Jane Austen’s Emma, first published in 1815.

Even in our age of modern inventions like Jaxson and Skylar, plenty of parents stick to the classics – in baby names and literature, too.

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