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baby names 2014

Happy New Year!

It’s time to usher in the new and look ahead to baby names 2014.

Which names do you think we’ll be hearing more of this year?

We’d love to hear your predictions for:

– Trendy names you think will zoom to the top of the popularity lists.

– Unusual names you predict will become more widely used.

– Celebrity or pop culture names that will command wider attention.

– Names you find yourself suddenly loving more.

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What are your favorite holiday names?

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If you’re expecting a baby anytime during the end-of-year holidays, you can’t help but at least muse on the idea of using a holiday-themed name.

Christmas baby names are the most obvious choices, as familiar among people of all faiths as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Nicholas and Noel, Holly and Ivy and Merry.

Less widely-known are names that connect to other December holidays.   Names that mean light, such as Zohar and Eleora, relate to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.  Kwanzaa names include Nia and Imani.

And New Year’s baby names range from Aurora to January.

There are names that announce the holidays loud and clear: Solstice, say, or Christmas or Holiday.  Or you might prefer names that reference the holiday season more subtly: Hope, for instance, or Balthazar.

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If you ruled your baby name world….

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Let’s imagine, for one shining moment, that your partner in baby-having says, “You pick the name, honey.  I’ll be good with whatever you choose.”

Let’s suppose that this generous-minded partner even says, “You have such awesome taste in names, you can name all our children: First name, middle name — heck, even do the last name any way you want.”

You can name the kids after your mother, if you choose, or use grandma’s maiden name, and your partner won’t even lobby to slip names from their (see how I’m avoiding saying his) side of the family into the equation.

So….what do you do?

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Weird Uncle Sebastian.  Nice name, but not exactly the kind of guy we want our baby to emulate.

Grandma Hortense — sweet lady, yet that name….no.

It may be a name that’s important in your family but that you just can’t bear to foist on a newborn baby.  Or maybe it’s  a name you like of a relative you don’t.  But  some family names simply don’t make the list as baby names.

What name from your family are you NOT going to pass down to a child?

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Just one more baby (name)

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For this week’s Question of the Week, we’re going to ask you to imagine that you have just one more baby, and so get to choose just one more name….

Don‘t worry about having a gender preference: You’re allowed to pick whether your just-one-more is a girl or a boy.

You do have to consider the names of your existing, very real children when you choose your next baby name.  But you can go in a totally new direction or complete a compatible sibset, make up for past mistakes or finally grab that name that previously got away.

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