Category: Classic Baby Names

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Robert Louis Stevenson names

By Claire Bristow

Over a hundred years before Pirates of the Caribbean and Braveheart, Robert Louis Stevenson was entertaining the world with his tales of adventure on the high seas and in the Scottish glens.

We owe Stevenson a lot. In his best-known book, Treasure Island, he gave us the classic elements of a pirate story: the mysterious map, the buried treasure, the pirate with a parrot and a missing leg. He also gave us the concept of a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality, and he was one of the first modern travel writers, recounting his journeys through France and later across America and the Pacific.

Stevenson was something of a name changer himself. Born in Scotland as Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson, as an adult he dropped Balfour, his mother’s maiden name, and changed the spelling of his middle name to Louis (still pronounced like Lewis).

Friends and family called him Louis, or Lew or Luly for short. When he settled in Samoa in later life, he adopted the Samoan name Tusitala, meaning ‘teller of tales’.

Here’s a treasure trove of names inspired by Stevenson’s tales, from old favourites to stylish unisex surnames.

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Meet the New Instababy Name Stars!

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Instagram baby names

By Tiana Putric

Baby and child Instagram stars, now also known as ‘Instababies’ and ‘Instatoddlers’, have been taking social media by storm. Not only are their flawless photographs and captivating videos drawing tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of staunch followers, but because they’ve been dubbed “Kid Influencers,” big brands are expressing their love by indulging these tykes with flashy gifts.

Meet six little Instagram celebs whose millennial and vintage appellations are sure to become ‘buzz names’. Here are their full-of-personality names – from Australia’s Pixie, to the United Kingdom’s sister and brother team Harlow and Harlen, to Canada and America’s London Scout.

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Unique Fairy Tale Names New to You

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unusual fairy tale names

By Dantea

Many people search for names in their favorite stories, and fairy tales are among their favorites. We grow up hearing these stories, watch the movies that are based on them, and read them to our own children. The name options below come from lesser-known fairy tales. Perhaps you’ll find a new gem and with it a new story to tell your children.

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classic baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Are you looking for classic baby names but bored by all the usual suspects: Emma and Olivia, William and James?

We have a great source for classic names you probably haven’t considered – at least if you’re American. The birth announcements in the London Telegraph include dozens of baby names that are classic and stylish and also rarely heard outside of Britain.

We pulled 60 unusual classic baby names – 30 for girls and 30 for boys – from a recent crop of birth announcements to feature here. Might one of these be perfect for your non-British baby?

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17 Medieval Hipster Names

Medieval hipster names

By Arika Okrent

Looking for a unique name with some historical cachet? The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources is the place to go. It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”

The dictionary so far has over 1000 names, documented with citations and etymologies. They are constantly adding to the collection, planned in two phases, first looking at Western Europe and Hungary and then Eastern Europe. They also maintain an active blog with interesting facts about medieval naming practices and a “Mystery Monday” feature, covering documented names that have uncertain etymologies.

Here are 17 medieval names that would make great hipster baby names today.

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