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choosing one name

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Maybe you’re expecting triplets.  Maybe you’re Uma Thurman.

But chances are that if you’re narrowing down a baby name, you’re looking for just one first-middle combination, or maybe a first-middle-bonus middle.

It means that you’ll leave a lot of your favorite names unused, and you might hurt some feelings if your loved ones were hoping for a namesake.

Sure, you can go the royal route, and tack on extra middles galore.  Uma’s daughter Luna is actually Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence.  It’s not an approach most parents would consider.

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Christmas baby names

By Nick Turner

It’s the holiday season, which means eggnog, carols, twinkling lights and — for millions of American parents — remembering to move that damn elf around the house every night.

Yes, I’m talking about Elf on the Shelf, the Christmas tradition that feels like it’s been going on forever but is less than ten years old. If you’re unacquainted, the idea is to plant an elf doll in your home that serves as a sentry for Santa. It watches your children and reports on their evil deeds. (Somehow this delights kids rather than terrifying them.)

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Christmas Names: Special TV Special Names

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Remember when holiday specials were really special–a much-anticipated, much-loved holiday event? When Christmas wasn’t Christmas without How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas? Well, times may have changed, but the names from those mostly animated old shows still can evoke some nostalgic memories, and some newer ones are creating future memories of their own.

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Top 100 Girl Names of 2014

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Imogen may still not have cracked the US Top 1000, but she continues her reign as the Number 1 girls’ name on Nameberry for 2014.

The real news with girls’ names, though, is Khaleesi, which vaulted to Number 2 on our list thanks to Game of Thrones.  Given that Nameberry’s popularity list is based on which names parents are searching versus actually bestowing upon their babies, it makes sense that Khaleesi would attract this level of curiosity.  The girls’ name Daenerys is another Game of Thrones choice that jumped onto the Top 100.

The other new entrant to the girls’ Top 10 compared with 2013 is Hazel, up from 20th place thanks to its starring role in Fault in our Stars.

The three names moving furthest up the Top 100 are Ellie, up 42 places, Cordelia up 37 and Maya up 28.  Other names moving up furthest include Adeline plus four choices that being with the stylish letter L: Lucy, Lila, Louisa, and Luna.

Making the steepest slides down are Evelyn, Harper, Katniss, Seraphina, and Everly.

The Nameberry popularity list is based on which names attracted the most views of the nearly 50 million views of our name pages in 2014.

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tradition with a twist

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Keira Knightley is expecting, Carrie Underwood is due soon, and we all know that Will and Kate will welcome baby #2 in 2015.

While we look forward to all of next year’s birth announcements, here’s a piece of baby name advice gleaned from this week’s newest arrivals:

Traditional with a twist is a foolproof strategy.

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