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Welsh literary names

By Clare Bristow

Welsh names can be divisive. Some people love them for their look, sound and cultural associations, while others run screaming from the unfamiliar spelling and pronunciation.

In this post we’ll look at some of the oldest Welsh literary names, and I hope you’ll find them surprisingly usable.

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What to Name Your May Baby

Notable names for May

By Meagan Burke, TulipByAnyName

The month of May is abloom with flowers, new life, and great names! May is home to several holidays, including Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Victoria Day. A month rich with history, let’s find name inspiration from these great namesakes with ties to the month of May.

Amelia

On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, making her a legendary pioneer in aviation. Amelia is a German name with global appeal that is on the rise. Currently at Number 15, Amelia is a Nameberry favorite, ranking at Number 2 here amongst us name enthusiasts. Amelia is a Top 10 name in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland and Scotland and is also a frequently used literary name, recognized from the series Amelia Bedelia, Harry Potter, and Amelia’s Notebook.

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15 Old-but-New Names for Boys

boys' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Vintage baby names have been so widely used for so long that the parent in search of a boys’ name that’s both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling may have to search long and hard.

On the boys’ side we’ve seen waves of Biblical baby names, from Adam and Zachary to current Top Ten favorites Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.

Traditional names are perennially popular for boys, with James and William leading the current pack that includes Michael, Alexander, and Matthew.

And then there are the quirkier vintage boys’ names that are stylish today and have even risen into the Top 100: Oliver and Sebastian, Josiah and Tyler.

Given all this popularity, if you’ve been looking for a vintage boys’ name that feels fresh and new, you may feel frustrated. So we’ve done the searching for you. These 15 boys’ names are all well below the Top 1000 yet can work in the modern world. They’re distinctly vintage — some Biblical, some from ancient cultures, some international — yet feel surprising cool.

Our picks for old-school boys’ names that feel new again are:

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poetic baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

April is National Poetry Month—and before it comes to an end, we have to acknowledge the rich reserve of poetic namesake names that just keeps on giving.

We’ve talked before about the fact that —whether by destiny or serendipity—some of our most famous poets happen to have eminently usable surnames, from Auden to Cullen to Dove to Frost to Lorca to Tennyson to Wylie. But today we’d like to dig a bit deeper and take a wider international and historic perspective. So here are some of the more unusual and exotic female poets’ first names we’ve discovered, ranging from ancient Greek to contemporary Australian.

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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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