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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The new Number 1 baby names in the US are….the old Number 1 baby names in the US. For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the official US baby names popularity list for 2015.

And the entire Top 10 stayed more the same than it has in a decade, with the Top 3 girls’ names and the Top 6 names for boys remaining in the exact places they occupied last year.

There was only one new name on the Top 10 for each gender: Harper replaced Madison for girls and Benjamin took the place of Daniel on the boys’ side.

The Top 10 baby names for 2015 — the newly released list counts the names of 4 million babies born last year — and their standing compared with 2014 are :

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Guess the New Top 10 and Win!

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The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names of 2015 will be released by the Social Security Administration in a matter of days, and so in advance of the announcement, which we’re all awaiting with baited breath, we’re challenging you to predict which names will come out on top.

Will Noah be Number 1 for the third straight year? Will the top four girls’ names continue to play tag or will there be a new most popular girl and boy in town? And if so, who do you think it will be?

What about the rest of the Top 10?  How do you see the order shifting?  Which names will fall off or leap onto the Top 10 for girls and boys? (For a full list of 2014 Top 1000, see our Popular Names page.) There will be a prize (see below) for the first person to guess correctly the Top 10 girls and Top 10 boys in the correct order.  So don’t hesitate–get your predictions in on the comments below asap!

As a reminder, here were the leading names last year:

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New Baby Names on the Rise

Baby names on the rise

By Abby Sandel

Ready for a little bit of crystal ball-gazing about all things baby names? With the new US popularity data due out around Mother’s Day, it’s time for some predictions.

The new Top Ten gets an awful lot of attention, of course. Remember last year, when Charlotte entered the US Top Ten the same week that Princess Charlotte was born?

But the part of the list that intrigues me most is those trending up – the names that break into the US Top 1000 for the first time, or those that return after an absence.

Why does it matter? We’re talking about names that rank Number 893 or 952, after all, names that have been given to a few hundred newborns, max.

Here’s why: the list is widely reported. Dissected, even. If you find yourself looking for a less common name, the opposite of the too popular Jennifer or Ashley or Emily you wore growing up, then maybe you’ll skip right past the Top 100 and even the Top 250. You’ll direct your eyes towards the end of the list.

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15 Old-but-New Names for Boys

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Vintage baby names have been so widely used for so long that the parent in search of a boys’ name that’s both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling may have to search long and hard.

On the boys’ side we’ve seen waves of Biblical baby names, from Adam and Zachary to current Top Ten favorites Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.

Traditional names are perennially popular for boys, with James and William leading the current pack that includes Michael, Alexander, and Matthew.

And then there are the quirkier vintage boys’ names that are stylish today and have even risen into the Top 100: Oliver and Sebastian, Josiah and Tyler.

Given all this popularity, if you’ve been looking for a vintage boys’ name that feels fresh and new, you may feel frustrated. So we’ve done the searching for you. These 15 boys’ names are all well below the Top 1000 yet can work in the modern world. They’re distinctly vintage — some Biblical, some from ancient cultures, some international — yet feel surprising cool.

Our picks for old-school boys’ names that feel new again are:

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New Celebrity Baby Name Predictions

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Celebrity names predictions

By Sophie Kihm

This month has seen some high profile pregnancy announcements. The Baldwins, Olivers, and Reynolds? How did we get so lucky? There’s no doubt that these babies will have interesting names, but what they are exactly, we can’t yet say. We might have to wait a few more months to hear these babies’ names, but in the meantime, we can always speculate. These are my picks for the big celebrity baby names–from the classic and respected to the unconventional and bizarre (I’m looking at you, Jamie Oliver).

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