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Sassy Double-Syllable Names for Girls

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By Nick Turner

Anyone who watches panda videos online (and what kind of monster doesn’t?) knows that the animals often have names with repeating syllables: Bei Bei, Gao Gao, Lun Lun and so on.

This is a popular naming convention in China, where pandas originate, and it’s undeniably cute. In France, they create diminutive names by adding an “-ette.” Spanish speakers may tack on an “-ita” or “-ito.” But in China, they’ve doubled down on doubling down.

Among U.S. babies, “reduplicated” names like Ling Ling and Tian Tian are uncommon. Still, there’s a fairly strong tradition of repeated-syllable names in English-speaking countries.

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The Au-some New Baby Name Trend

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Not so long ago, the only names starting with the letters Au that were getting any traction were Audrey and Austin. But lately—have you noticed?—a lot more are now attracting attention. The once male name Aubrey is now in the girls’ Top 20, and then there are the members of the golden Aurelia family, several varieties of August, the word name Aura, the seasonal Autumn, and more.

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Namesakes for Grandpas Donald & Doug

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The mid-20th century in America was a great time for D-named boys. As exemplified by Mad Men’s Don Draper, there were about forty D-names in the top half of the 1950 boys’ list—including not just Donald but Don, Donn, Donnie and Donny; Darrell, Darrel, Darryl and Daryl; Duane and Dwayne; and Dennis, Denis and Denny, to name just a few.

So it follows that there are lots of the above who are now members of the granddad generation, whose descendants, not too keen on a baby Dwight or Delbert, in search of some updated honor names. To help, we first offer a few specific, directly related suggestions, followed by some more all-purpose D boy names.

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Long, Lovely Names for Girls

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By Abby Sandel

Earlier this week, Mike Myers and wife Kelly Tisdale welcomed a new daughter, a sister for Spike Alan and Sunday Molly. Their older kids’ names are bold, unconventional choices, but they went a different direction for their newest arrival: Paulina.

It might be a departure for the Myers family, but it’s in step with many of the names that we love for girls today. Sophia is popular the world over. Olivia and Isabella are Top Ten favorites in the US, and names like Arabella, Ariana, and Valentina are stylish, too.

Could Paulina be part of the next wave of long, lovely, romantic names for girls? And if so, what are some of the other up-and-coming names that could also catch on?

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Girls’ Names with I-Endings

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By Abby Sandel

Is it me, or do names ending in ‘i’ sometimes look incomplete? Ashli and Maci seem like they’re missing something. Others, like Lori and Dani are so common that they seem natural – and yet, they’re often short for longer names.

But there are names for girls that traditionally end with the letter i. Many are imports, and some are quite rate in English. But they could work beautifully for a daughter today. That distinctive ‘i’ ending can make for a true style standout.

Let’s take a look at some intriguing girls’ names that end with the letter ‘i’ – no ‘e’ required!

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