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Maria writes:

We are expecting a baby in July. We’re not finding out the gender – but that’s proving to be extremely difficult when it comes to names!

If it’s a girl, we have a list as long as my arm: Willow, Hazel, Lace, Maple, Olive, Violet, Eva, Sylvie/Sylvie, and Ruby.

For boys, I like Lars, Banjo, and Oak. But I cannot find any names that my husband and I both love.

I prefer older names, and don’t like traditional names like John or William. Can you suggest a boy’s name that would be similar to the girl’s names I’ve listed?

July is a long way away at the moment – but at the rate we’re going, if this baby is a boy he’ll be nameless or called Violet!

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Blizzard of 2016: Snowy baby names

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The blizzard that blanketed much of the US mid-Atlantic area in snow last weekend caused shuttered schools and businesses, buried cars and other massive disruptions for 80 million people. But with all that chaos, TV screens and the Internet were filled with picturesque wintry scenes and skiers gliding down Fifth Avenue. Snow still has a magical quality for the child in all of us, one that is celebrated in baby names across countless cultures. (by Linda Rosenkrantz)

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New Baby Boy Names: Inspired by Trees

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By Abby Sandel

Ever think that every possible baby name has been used?

This week’s baby name news proved that it just isn’t so. English actor Jack Huston – you know him from Boardwalk Empire – and American model Shannan Click welcomed a son, Cypress Night. Cypress joins big sister Sage Lavinia.

They’re both nature names, but while Sage is well established for girls, Cypress feels like a new baby name.

Plenty of tree names for children are well established. For girls, Hazel, Olive, Laurel, Willow, Aspen, Holly, Juniper, and Magnolia are all in the current US Top 1000. Rowan ranks for both genders. And Forrest is a fast-rising possibility for boys.

Despite all of these popular picks, plenty of new baby names inspired by trees remain, and some of the most interesting options feel like promising choices for a son.

Here are nine of the best.

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Endearing Baby Names: Honey, Sugar & Dove

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Endearing baby names

By Tiana Putric

Sweetie, Angel, Dolly, Kitty, ‘amore’ (Spanish for ‘love’), ’petit chou’ (French for ‘little cabbage’), ‘moya golubushka’ (Russian for ‘my little dove’), ‘sonche’ (Macedonian for ‘sunshine’), and so on. These are just a few of the loving terms of endearment with which parents around the globe indulge their children.

Most parents would never dream of giving their child a hypocorism or a pet name as a first name or even a middle name; yet, there are many terms of endearment that double as perfectly useable and meaningful names, many of which have become lost. Here are a few such names from Amoret to Sugar.

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38 Secret Nature Names for Girls

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Nature names have been popular for several years now, especially for girls.  Flower names such as Lily and Ivy are the most popular, but we’ve also heard a lot of tree names such as Willow, water names like Bay and Lake, and animal names such as Wren.

And then there are the names that keep their nature connection more on the down low. Girls’ names that have a nature-related meaning may appeal to parents in search of something that’s more name and less word, a name that keeps its relationship to nature as a wonderful secret.

Girls’ names with a surprise nature connection, and their meanings, include:

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