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16 Neglected Greek Names

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Greek Baby Names

By Sophie Kihm

To me, Greek names are some of the most beautiful–though I might be biased as my own name has Greek roots. Here are some Hellenic names that deserve more notice.


BetaBeta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet and a widely used tech term. She’s synonymous with being second, making her perfect for child number two. Add a syllable and you get Beata–another pretty European name.

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Popular French Baby Names of 2016

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By Stephanie Rapoport, meilleursprenoms

To check out the latest trends in French baby names, we turn once again to our go-to expert Stéphanie Rapoport, creator of the popular site Meilleurs Prénoms. Each year, Stéphanie shares her predictions for the following year, based on her analysis of the current data provided by the French National Statistics Office. Here’s what she sees ahead for 2016.

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A Lexicon of International Nature Names

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international nature names

By Kelsey Andersen

Nature has always been a spring (pun intended) that people have used for inspiration when coming up with names for their children. Many of them are heard time and time again, and the search for fresh alternatives never ceases. I know even in my own case, I’ve scoured the Internet for unusual scientific names for trees, flowers, and more for potential names. But what about nature names in other languages? This is an untapped source for new ideas. Here are some to get you started!

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Fresh Scandinavian Baby Name Choices

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Scandinavian baby names

By Sophie Kihm

Scandinavian names are among my very favorites. I love their minimalism—which is very reflective of the culture. Names from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland can make great imports: It’s easy to picture American children with many of the following baby names.


Annalie- This may look like an alternate spelling of smoosh name Annalee, but Annalie is actually the Finnish form of Hannah. She’s definitely a fresh substitute.

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By Meagan, A Tulip By Any Name

This weekend I was saddened to read that legendary actress Maureen O’Hara had passed away. Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons, was an iconic, fiery redhead with the face of an angel. Today I’d like to look back at the names of some memorable characters O’Hara portrayed.

Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Esmeralda is a Spanish and Portuguese name meaning emerald. Esmeralda was the name of the gypsy in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame who was loved by Quasimodo. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes named their daughter Esmeralda Amada in September 2014. Esmeralda is currently Number 376 in popularity.

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