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The New International Names

international baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There was a time when the top baby name lists of different countries reflected their own distinctive native cultures. When John and Mary headed those of most English-speaking countries, just as Giovanni and Maria and Juan and Maria and Jean and Marie et al were in first place elsewhere.

But that has changed. With the homogenization of culture in general, with an increase in international travel, the spread of the internet and global audiences watching the same TV shows, we are no longer surprised to find the Irish appellation Liam ranking high on the list in Switzerland or the Old Testament Ethan suddenly Number 3 in Monaco. This is a moment when certain names, often in a variety of indigenous forms, are spreading epidemically across the world.

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What’s the next big Irish boy name?

Next Irish Boy's Name

Even since Patrick emigrated onto the U.S. popularity list in the 1800’s, there have always been jovial Irish boys’ names represented there—through the Brian-Ryan and Sean-Shane eras right up to 2013, when Liam hit second place. But who’s next? We looked at the latest Irish 100 Most Popular Boys’ Names list to suss out the likeliest candidates, listed in order of their native popularity. (Pronunciations are given when needed, but don’t forget how we all managed to learn how to say Seamus and Siobhan!)
Which of the most popular Irish boys’ names are most likely to make it in the US?  Our analysis:

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Names on the verge of extinction

these names extinct?

By Pamela Redmond Satran & Linda Rosenkrantz

Gary was widely trumpeted this week as being a name on the brink of extinction, but with 442 baby boys named Gary in the US in the most recent year counted, the reality is: Far from it.

But there are other names, once popular, with centuries-deep roots, that truly are about to become extinct.  These 15 names were given to only five babies each in 2013, the lowest number counted by the Social Security Administration.  Once usage dips below that, they become the dodo birds of baby names.

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P names for girls

By Aimee Reneau Tafreshi

Parker Posey, Peppermint Patty and Pablo Picasso… Our history and pop culture have produced some notable “P” names. A perfect “P” name makes you stop and take notice.

I do not have anyone in my family whose name starts with a “P,” but the other day I had “P” names on my mind. There are a few classics – Paula and Patricia come to mind– but for the most part, “P” names are a more elusive bunch than names beginning with an “A” or “B.” I decided to round up the best of the “P” names, including those looking for a comeback and others that have never broken the top name ranks. This blog will focus on the most promising “P” names for girls.

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March baby names

By Kelly McDonald

March is the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, when snow is (finally, hopefully) melting, school vacations begin, and St. Patrick’s Day revelry takes place, and is also noteworthy for being Women’s History Month. Here are a variety of names that would be perfect for a March-born baby, from those borrowed from celebrities to those that celebrate feminism or an Irish heritage.

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