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Magical Baby Names from Harry Potter

Harry Potter names

By Abby Sandel

Are you ready to go back to Hogwarts?

On July 31st, the eighth installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be released. A two-part stage play based on the story debuted in London’s West End earlier this summer.

Thanks to a successful #KeeptheSecrets campaign, there’s been little coverage of the new adventures for Harry, Hermione, and Ron, but we do know that all three characters return – along with many of our other favorites.

We’ll meet their children, too. The next generation was introduced briefly in Book Seven’s epilogue, so no spoilers here.

Instead, let’s look at – what else! – the Harry Potter baby names that have caught on (or not) in the nineteen years since we first met an eleven-year-old wizard named Harry Potter.

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The Hottest Baby Names This Summer

hottest summer names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Which baby names are hottest right now? We compared views of our name pages for the first month of summer 2016 with the same period last year in search of the names that had made the most dramatic leaps. We only considered names that had received at least 100 views and calculated the percentage jump over last year. The results: Ten surprising girls’ names and ten for boys strongly influenced by pop culture.

The 20 hottest baby names of summer 2016 are:

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star wars baby names

by Kurt Larson

Technically, the title of this blog is false. I didn’t name my newborn son after a Star Wars character, at least not his first name. I did however, slap a Star Wars moniker on him as a middle name. In that sense, I didn’t lie to you, from a certain point of view…

 Middle names are like extra appendages, parsley, or the late night treadmill you bought back in 2013: They’re just sorta there. What do they really mean, exactly? Do you know anyone who just loves their middle name? No, more often than not, you’ll find fully-formed adults unwilling to even utter their middle name, as if it’s some weird Indiana Jones-esque archaeological find only discussed in hushed whispers.

And so it goes that I pitched my ever-patient wife the idea of applying our collective Star Wars love onto our child’s birth certificate. After all, if we can’t saddle our kids with embarrassing middle names, what’s the good of being a parent?

In all seriousness, my wife and I shuttled back and forth between a family name and the aforementioned Star Wars name for months, hoping like the twin moons of Tatooine there would be a sign. Sure, in our group of friends, we’re known as ‘The Star Wars Couple’ and people compare us to Han and Leia all the time. With good reason too: We even had stormtroopers at our wedding! Still, could we bring ourselves to name our son Jabba? Greedo? Bossk?

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Jamie Oliver baby names

Yesterday, Sophie Kihm presented her predictions for many of the forthcoming starbabies.  In today’s follow-up, she singles out one of the most intriguing celebrity-couple baby namers, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and wife Jools, for a more in-depth consideration.

If there ever was a celebrity baby name Hall of Fame, Jools and Jamie Oliver would be in it. They have four children named Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Buddy Bear Maurice. And with their oldest child aged 14, it’s safe to say they were using obscure nature names and two middles before it was cool.

Obviously, everyone is very interested to hear what the Olivers will name their fifth (and sadly, last) child. I’m here to give out my top five picks for each gender. Anyone taking bets?

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Nine Boy Baby Names to Watch…

boy names rising

By Abby Sandel

Robin Tunney chose Oscar. Cait Jenner’s new grandson is Bodhi. And last month, Natalia Vodianova named her youngest Roman.

What do the names have in common? They all appear on the new Nameberry Top 100.

Based on nearly 40 million page views from the first half of 2016, these are the most popular names on our site.

They’re also ahead of the trends, ranking fifty spots – or more! – higher on Nameberry than in the current US popularity stats.

Does this mean that berries can predict the hottest baby names? Maybe. Newcomers to our Top Ten, like Levi and Wyatt, continue to gain in use, going from out-there choices to mainstream favorites.

Let’s take a look at some Nameberry favorites featured on high profile birth announcements of recent years.

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