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Country Boy Names: The best of the west

We Americans love country names for our boys. Proof is in the current US Top 100: Wyatt and Ryder, Jackson and Hunter, Colton and Easton.

Some boys’ names feel country because of their associations, like Wyatt Earp or Johnny and June Carter Cash singing “Jackson.” Others bring to mind rodeo (Ryder) and the great outdoors (Hunter). Others are harder to pin down, but seem every bit as at home on a tractor or holding a fishing rod.

Country boy names fall somewhere between classic and modern. They’re rustic, but they wear almost as well in the big city as at home on the range.

Our picks for the best country boy names are:

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Festive Girl Names for the New Year

The New Year brings hope, change, and, of course, celebration!

If you’re expecting a daughter on the December/January cusp this year, these upbeat girls’ names might make great choices. From names that suggest New Year soirees to those inviting joy and good cheer, there’s something here for every style of namer.

So pop the champagne – or the apple juice – and consider a girls’ name that glitters with all the excitement of 2017. By Abby Sandel

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Baby Name Trends 2017

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America’s new conservative turn signals a complete reinvention of baby names. The newly-dominant red staters favor names that defy convention: invented names with unique spellings and nontraditional gender identities. And parents of all political beliefs are embracing names from a range of fresh sources — gods and wild animals, spiritual beliefs and childhood heroes — that all embody power. We foresee more than mere baby name trends in 2017: We predict a full-blown baby naming revolution. — by the editors of Nameberry

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Names to Steal from Holiday Movies

Somewhere between roasting the turkey and trimming the tree, millions of us will also find time to go to the movies. After all, there’s a new Marvel superhero, a Disney heroine, more than one outer space adventure, plenty of promising indie hits, plus installments in the Star Wars and Harry Potter universes. Who could stay away?

The blockbuster season features a bounty of baby name possibilities, from the old-fashioned to the brand new. Could one of these movies launch the next big baby name trend? Pass the popcorn, and let’s take a look at the contenders. By Abby Sandel

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12 Delicious Thanksgiving Baby Names

If you’re still looking for a name for your late November babe, the Thanksgiving story has several interesting names tied to the holiday, from arrivals on the Mayflower to those who established it as a national holiday to the perennial parade.  Here are some of the best Thanksgiving-related names.

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