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Vintage Baby Names

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

I was asked by a magazine interviewer recently why I thought some vintage names come back and others don’t. Why Cora and Flora and not Dora? Why Edward and not Edwin? All of which got me thinking about the influences that do propel names out of the attic and into the spotlight.

The most obvious and evident of these is the celebrity factor in all its manifestations. Stars’ names, stars’ baby names and the names of characters they play:

Some examples:

ScarlettYes, the name of Miss Scarlett was used by a handful of parents following the publication of Gone With the Wind, but it wasn’t until Ms. Johansson burst on the scene that it really took off, bringing it now into the Top 50.

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The Spellings of Classic Name Katherine

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By Kelli Brady, NameFreak!

As I reveal in my book, Name-alytics, there are three spellings of Katherine that have been in the Top 100… Catherine, Katherine and Kathryn (the Big 3). Catherine reached its peak in 1914, Katherine reached its peak in 1988, and Kathryn reached its peak in 1951. That alone is quite fascinating to those interested in the history of name popularity, but it is not enough to satisfy my detail-specific thirst.

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Classic Girl Names: Alexandra the Great

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The other day we took a look at all the boys’ names in the Alexandrian clan, now we move on to the girls. Here we find 11 direct descendants on the Social Security list. The big surprise is that Alexandra, the direct feminization of Alexander, does not come first, but is superseded by a unisex offshoot. And it’s not Alex!

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Do you wish your own name…..?

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Do you wish your own name was more unusual…or more popular?

The general trend of taste in baby names these days is toward the unusual — many of us are looking for names that will help our children stand out in the crowd.

This is borne out by statistics, in the ever-growing number of sheer names in common use and the shrinking number of babies given the top names.

But how does this relate to your feelings about your own name?  Do you wish you had a more unusual name yourself, and if so, why?

And if you have an unusual name, how do you feel about that — now, and when you were younger?  Are you happy you have an unusual name or do you wish you had one that was more standard-issue?

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Alexander names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There are several girls’ names—Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Katherine—that have spawned copious numbers of female variations and nicknames, as have boys like John and William, but there is one name whose progeny has embraced both genders, and that name is Alexander.

In 2013, there were 19 forms of Alexander on the Social Security list—almost split between boys and girls, and that doesn’t count names like the Scottish Alistair, which was Number 181 on Nameberry, or newcomer nicknames Xan and Zan.   Enough for a two-part blog. Today, it’s gentlemen first.

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