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Naming Baby Number Two

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Let’s face it : the blank slate of naming your first child can be intimidating.

Will you stick with the classics?  Or would you be happier with a Cricket instead of a Charlotte, a Wylie rather than a William?  You’ve always liked your mother’s maiden name, Davis, and then there’s his fabulous Great Aunt Marguerite – but do you want to hand down family names, or is it better to start fresh?  Is Wyatt too trendy?  Is Cordelia too obscure?

It’s a riddle, but despite dire warnings of name regret, most parents seem to choose a perfectly suitable name for their firstborn.

Welcoming a second child means that you’ve got a crib and car seat already, but when it comes to names, you’re back at the beginning.

Or are you?  Because not only will you revisit many of the questions from the first round, you’ll also have to consider whether baby #2’s name matches, clashes – or matches too much – with the big brother or sister-to-be.

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by Ren Williams

Many of the stories about the recent US Popular Names list focus on the names at the top and on the rise: the Sophias and Jacobs, Khaleesis and Jayceons of the baby name world.

But, just as some names go up, others must come down. The following 20 girls’ names fell out of the Top 1000 in 2013, some of them perhaps just taking a nap, others on a long slide toward obsolescence.

Abbie and Abbey

Both of these short forms for Abigail sank even as the original remains in the Top 10. The venerable Abbie has been more popular over the decades than Abigail herself, spending only 35 years outside the Top 1000 since the list’s inception in 1880, compared with Abigail’s 43. Abbey, the younger of the sisters, entered the rankings in 1978 where it remained until this year.

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The Long and the Short of Girl Names

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Do you prefer your girls’ names short and simple, or long and elaborate?

There’s no right answer, and plenty of parents shortlist Rose and Isabella, Blair and Ellington.

From just one syllable to seven or eight, this week’s high profile birth announcements proved that parents can choose a long, stylish name – or a short one that packs just as much punch.

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By CaraMichelle

Some highly unusual and interesting choices in the past month: River for a girl, the uber-royal Royal Reign and Kaiser, the Greek god Atlas, the return of Wilbur, and a real life Gatsby. Our thanks as always to CaraMichelle for searching far and wide to compile the list.

Girls:

Adelina Rose, sister of Lucia, Carina, and Isabetta (Rob and Amber Mariano)
Adriana Brooks, sister of Alexis (Lindsey and Web Smith)
Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa (Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg)
Bella, sister of Dmitry (Margarita Agibalova and Pavel Marso)
Bobbi Grace (Nathan and Jerri Jones)
Chloe Sophia, sister of Kai (f), Donald, Tristan, and Spencer (Donald Trump, Jr. and Vanessa Trump)
Eugenia, sister of Polina (Gosha Kutsenko and Irina Skrinichenko)
Evangeline Ruth (Brandi Carlile and Catherine Shepherd)
Georgia Marie (Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline)
Julia (David and Jacquelyn Ragan)
Macy Rose, sister of Olivia and Jack (Jonathan and Kylie Brown)
Malia Barbara (Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor)
Maria Kristan (Kasim and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed)
River Rose, sister of Savannah and Seth (Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock)
Royal Reign (LilKim and Mr. Papers)

Boys:
Aden (Andie Chen and Kate Pang)
Atlas Hendrix (Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert Sanchez)
Brady Zetts (Tim and Andrea Ryan)
Constantine Anthony, brother of Anastasia (Tony and Marissa Vlachos)
Daniel James, brother of Zoey (Sarah Fisher and Andy O’Gara)
Dean Danny Benjamin, brother of Ava and David (Anansa Sims and David Patterson)
Gatsby Alexander (Arian Foster and Brittany Norwood)
Kaiser, brother of Jace (Jenelle Evans and Nathan Griffin)
Wilbur, brother of Clemency (Kate Silverton and Mike Heron)
Wyatt, brother of Presley (m) and Lyrik (m) (Jeremy London and Juliet Reeves London)

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Good things came in twos this week, as the baby name news was dominated by interesting sets of twins, and two new ends-with-R names for boys.

Let’s start with the letter R.

This past spring, the mainstream media picked up on a phenomenon we name nerds have long recognized: two-syllable, ends-with-N names for boys are big.  Whether we’re talking chart toppers like Aiden and Mason, or new inventions like Zennon and Dreyson, N has been the go-to letter for ending boys’ names in recent years.

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