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Give Atticus’ Parents A Break

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By Meghan Daum

Normally I’m all for making fun of parents who, by dint of ZIP Code or number of tattoos, fall into the hipster category and assert their nonconformity by giving their kids names that, once upon a time, were considered best suited for pets. Hang around a playground in Silver Lake or Brooklyn‘s Park Slope and you’ll hear enough calls of “Roscoe!” and “Lulu!” to think you’ve accidentally wandered into the dog park.

Still, I say we stop piling on parents who named their kids Atticus.

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What Happened to Hipster Baby Names?

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By Abby Sandel

Last week, Toronto’s Alex Davey released the Hipster Baby Name Generator. I’m obsessed with the generator’s small batch baby names. How great are Scout Fitz Perry, Blanche Alette Lulu, and Edith Lemon Tulip?

At the same time, writer Neil Gaiman and musician Amanda Palmer – hipster royalty, if there is any such thing – welcomed their first child, a boy named Anthony.


It’s a great name, but it’s a classic, used steadily throughout the English-speaking world for generations.

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12 Surprising Risings: Cindy? Bruce?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Certain comeback kids have been getting a lot of buzz lately—names like Elsa and Amelia and Elias and Tobias, all of which have that nice vintage 19th century vibe. But there’s another group of names inching their way back that you might find a bit more surprising. Mostly midcentury mom and dad names, they are flouting the Hundred-Year Rule, returning way before their expected due dates.

Here are a dozen prime examples:

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Baby Names of the 1990s

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By Josh Murray

September is here, which means that summer is just about over and schools have once again reconvened. As a college instructor, I always find myself interested in the names of my new students each semester. Here, I take a look at some of the names that might appear in a college classroom today, names tied to students who were born in the mid-1990s.

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S Surnames for Girls: Sutton, Sloane and More

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By Abby Sandel

Taylor gave way to Madison, and now Harper is poised to crack the US Top Ten. But some of the most stylish surname names for girls are brought to us by the letter S.

Talented actress Sutton Foster (shown) has put her name on the map, and Sloane brings to mind everything from the stylish 1980s Londoners known as Sloane Rangers – the late Princess Diana was one – to Ferris Bueller‘s Day Off.

Let’s take a look at all of the possibilities:

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