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Classic Baby Names Make a Comeback

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By Abby Sandel

The new US Top 1000 list is out, and there’s good news for those who love classic baby names! While plenty of newer names caught on, 2014 was all about the return of longtime favorites.

James bumped Jayden out of the US Top Ten. Alice and Eleanor re-entered the girls’ Top 100.

The farther you look down the list, the more vintage gems you’ll find. Some of the names have returned to the rankings after decades of hibernation. Others have never really gone away, but the numbers suggest that these classics might feel stylish and fresh once more.

Here are eighteen great names – nine for girls and nine for boys – that climbed 50 spots or more between 2013 and 2014.

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Notable Names of May

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By Meagan at tulipbyanyname

Spring has officially sprung! May is the peak of springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. With April showers now behind us, it’s time for fresh May baby names ready to bloom!

Maia / Maya – The month of May was named after Maia, a Greek and Roman goddess of spring; Maia is a Greek name meaning mother. The Roman’s considered Maia to be an incarnation of Mother Earth. Maia and Maya have the same sound, but differ in popularity and meaning. Maia was #639 in 2013 and Maya, a Hebrew name meaning water, was #72. Both Maia and Maya are great names for a baby born in May.

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Seeking a Science-Inspired Name

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Liz writes:

I’m a math teacher and science lover, my husband is a history teacher and literary enthusiast. We are expecting our second son, and looking for something that can go with our first son’s name: Truman King, Tru for short.

We’re hoping for a name with ties to science, history, or both. And, because we’re teachers, we’re looking for an unusual name – something we won’t associate with a former student.

Our short list includes Wiles (after the mathematician) and Kepler, but we’re looking for more ideas.

We all know people who color our ideas about a name, for good or otherwise. But teachers have a special challenge, don’t they? They meet dozens of children every year – more, for teachers in upper grades. And their students inevitably shade the way they think about baby names.

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The Other Royal Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

How do you name a future monarch?  The world is waiting to meet the newest member of the House of Windsor, but many a ruling family of Europe has welcomed a new addition in recent years.

Tradition clearly carries the day when royals go looking for baby names. But the times they are a changin’, and there are signs that even princes like to keep it simple. Gone are the long strings of five, six, or more given names. Even Prince George Alexander Louis, future King of England, has just three names total.

And yet the names that rule in Europe are an intriguing mix of classic and quirky, from the enduring Mary, Marie, and Maria to the intriguing Badouin and Ivalo.

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Everyone Hates My Favorite Name!

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Welcome back to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, I answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. We’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. Want to see your question featured? Please email namesage@nameberry.com.

Christina is expecting a daughter soon, and after much searching, she found the perfect name: Gwendolyn Annalise.

The problem?

As she’s shared the name with others, their reactions have been overwhelmingly negative. It’s too “old lady,” a name for a granny, not a new baby girl.

And so, the question is: What do you do when most of the people around you don’t like a name you love?

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