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Influential starbabies

The most popular baby names in the US today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie’s Harlow, Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have gained in use thank to the famous families. High profile birth announcements can take an already rising name and put it on every parent’s shortlist, like Channing Tatum’s Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone’s new favorite.

As this year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond.

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Predicting the Big Baby Name Trends 2016

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Baby names 2016 will be more influenced than ever by the major news events of the day, with celebrities and pop culture playing supporting roles. The gender-redefining influence of Caitlyn Jenner and Transparent, the galvanizing impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the refugee migration, the cultural sway of clutter-free homes and minds will all shape what we name our babies in the year ahead. We see baby names moving beyond traditional gender and ethnic definitions, becoming both simpler and more ethereal, drawing from dustier archives as well as bolder new sources. Here, Nameberry’s predictions for the major baby name trends of 2016.

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thanksgiving names

Yes, most of the 102 Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and celebrated the first harvest feast in Plymouth were named John and William and Mary and Elizabeth, but there were some unique appellations on the passenger list as well. Here are some of the most interesting.  By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Modern Movie Moppets with Cool Names

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Child actresses represent the sea change in the baby name landscape, with its tremendous diversity. There are girls with boys’ names, unusual surname and nickname names, and names that are completely unique. And although we stuck here with girls under 14, I must admit it was hard to resist such boys as acting brothers Gulliver, Zen and Winta McGrath. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Ghosts of Halloweens Past

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Hollywood has had a long love affair with ghosts. From the silent days on, there have been genuinely scary ghosts, and comic ghosts terrifying everyone from Laurel & Hardy to Bob Hope. In screwball comedies, it was standard for dead mates to return to haunt their spouses, as well as ghosts who came back in different bodies, like Joe in Heaven Can Wait and uber-romantic ghosts like Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply, and of course Patrick Swayze’s poignant Sam in Ghost. Here’s a bakers’ dozen of ghosts with good names. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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