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What name do you only pretend to like?

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True confession time: What name do you, did you, have you only pretended to like?

Maybe it was the name chosen by a family member or friend.

Or the name selected by a neighbor or someone you met online.

Or you might pretend to like a name that everybody else seems to like….except you really don’t.

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international names

Names travel among cultures further and faster now than ever before.

In the US, rising stars include the Irish Maeve and Declan, the Spanish Mateo and the Arabic Imani.

The British like such French names as Sophie and Chloe, while in France there’s a craze for British names such as Emma and Tom.  And then there are those names used throughout Europe that are gaining some attention in the US: Cosima, Leonie, Roman.

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What’s Your Hero Name Crush?

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Hero names (and we include heroine names in that category) have been on the rise in recent years, with choices such as Harper and Hadley, Lincoln and Edison leaping up the popularity lists.

Hero names can take the form of a last name, as in Landry, surname of Dallas Cowboys coach Tom, used for both genders.  Hero names may also be distinctive first names such as Anais or Elvis that directly reference their more famous bearer.  Or they can be more ordinary names such as Georgia or Miles that provide a more subtle nod to the original.

What hero names are you crushing on right now?  Are you attracted to the hero first, the name first, or do you have to love both in equal measure?

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baby names and gender

Most parents today have the choice of whether to learn their baby’s gender long before birth, even without invasive tests.

Other reasons for finding out the gender aside, we’re wondering whether it helps or hurts in choosing a name.

What’s your experience?  Did you, would you, find out your baby’s gender before birth?

Did it make it easier to find the right name….or maybe harder?  Did you announce both the gender and the name before your baby was born, or keep the name announcement separate?  

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What Names are Common in YOUR Neighborhood?

popular baby names

There are the names that are well-liked on Nameberry: Imogen and Finn, Charlotte and Declan.

Then there are the baby names most popular in the US —  Sophia and Jacob, Isabella and Ethan — along with those that top the lists in other parts of the world, from Olivia and Oliver to Niamh and Noa.

But what about the names that are common in your little corner of the world?  The names you seem to hear all the time in the neighborhood playground, at the pediatrician’s office, in the classroom?

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