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vintage baby names

Most of  the vintage names that have gained in popularity this year have obvious charms—Tobias, say, and Clementine, sweet Adeline and Matilda and spunky Mabel— names that might elicit coos from admiring older relatives. But there are others on the rise that feel more midcentury than antique, and which could completely bewilder your mother-in-law or Gran, who still associate them with their own in-laws or Grans.

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The Craziest Baby Names of 2015

craziest baby names

The newly released Social Security list of popular baby names reveals the awesome ingenuity and inventiveness of parents in 2015 when it came to spellings, plays on conventional names and sheer creativity. But there are times when creative crosses over into crazy. The 12 names below, all of them given to at least five American babies last year– earning them a place on the extended popularity list–are our picks for the craziest of the crazy new names. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Mother's Day 2016

This Mother’s Day, we congratulate the newest celebrity moms. Not only have they added parenthood to their busy resumes, they’ve also set trends with their baby name choices, a mix of the traditional and the trailblazing. The ten most intriguing names chosen by new celebrity moms over the past year are:

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12 Gorgeous Nature Names

generic nature names

Sure, there are countless beautiful individual flower names and tree names and bird names and gem names, from Magnolia to Maple to Wren to Ruby. But sometimes I think maybe we don’t see the forest for the trees: in other words there are names that encompass entire categories rather than one specific species. Here are some names that take a wide-lens view of the whole garden or woodland or aviary. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Vintage Baby Names: Gone girls of 1916

lost girls of 1916

Sometimes it feels as though our attics have been completely cleared out of stored vintage baby names. But every time we go back up there we do manage to succeed in finding a number of past treasures that haven’t been dusted off yet. The names shown here were all in the Top 1000 in 1916, one hundred years ago, several in the top half of the list and many of them not seen again for fifty years. Let’s see if the Hundred Year Rule applies and they’re ready for a comeback.

By Linda Rosenkrantz

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