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Singular Stars Inspire Hit Baby Names

one-named wonders

by Abby Sandel

They’re so famous that no last name is required. This group of Grammy-winning hitmakers has changed what we listen to, what we wear, and yes, how we name our children. The biggest names in music have inspired some of the fastest-rising baby names in recent years, from the now well-established Aaliyah to the astonishing debut of Jayceon. Which names will leap from the Billboard Hot 100 to the baby name popularity charts next?

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blues baby names

In honor of Black History Month, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as well known now as the Billie Holidays and Ella Fitzgeralds, but they all made significant contributions to this most American of art forms—and their vintage names are right on trend for babies today!

Adelaide

Jazz singer Adelaide Hall had a career that spanned 70 years, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, pioneered the improvisational vocal techniques known as “scat” singing, and had great success in England. The place name Adelaide, used by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths for her daughter, is a big Nameberry fave, now at Number 13; Number 321 nationally.

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Valentine's Day names

Ready for a sugar rush? Valentine’s Day means candy. From conversation hearts to truffles, there’s a sweet treat to tempt everyone. If you’re expecting a new addition right about now, plenty of those treats could inspire a child’s name, too. From names that mean sweet to those favorite candies that come packaged in heart-shaped boxes for February 14th, here are a dozen possibilities inspired by all things candy-coated and sweet.

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nursery rhyme names

With their lilting rhythms and catchy rhymes, nursery rhymes have delighted successive generations of children since the first publication of Mother Goose in the 1700s—though the original meanings, some of them political, have been lost. (Who knew that ‘Ring Around a Rosy’ referred to the Great Plague of 1665?) The names used very much reflected the small stockpot of those in current use —so a preponderance of Marys, Sallys, Bettys, Jacks, Georgies, Peters, Toms and Tommys, Billys and Willies–but there were a few more original names, and here are a dozen of the best.

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women explorer names

If when you hear the words ‘adventurer’ or ‘explorer’ you get the image of a macho man in a pith helmet on a quest to discover new lands, here are the names of some women that could and should turn that image around. These are just a few of the many bold females pioneers who dared to explore uncharted areas through time and space—any of whom might make a worthy namesake for your own little adventurous girl.

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