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Celebrity Dads with Cool Names

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By Abby Sandel

Nameberry celebrates dads. From celebrity dads to the fathers who star in our own lives, we’ll be looking at the various intersections of fatherhood and baby names all week. Wishing you a Happy Father’s Day, berries!

Celebrity baby names are always in the spotlight. But how about the names of the celebrities themselves?

Plenty of Hollywood A-listers answer to ordinary appellations. There’s Robert (Downey, Jr.), Mark (Wahlberg), Will (Smith), and a couple of guys called Chris, Brad, and Matthew. Regular guy names.

But then there are those other dads, the ones with the cool names. The celebrities whose names set trends.

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Cornish Baby Names

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By Aimee Gedge

Cornwall, a beautiful county and popular tourist destination in the southwest of England, has its own unique culture and even language, although it is spoken by fewer and fewer people. It is the legendary birthplace of King Arthur and many writers such as Daphne du Maurier have been inspired by the rugged coastlines and stunning beaches.

Here in Britain, Cornish names have gained notoriety lately as a result of the very successful TV drama Poldark, based on the book series of the same name and set in Cornwall during the late eighteenth century. With the news that a second series has been commissioned, here are a few traditional Cornish names for you to peruse.

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Creative Baby Names: Then and Now

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By Abby Sandel

Last week, Nameberry’s story on Crazy Baby Names was everywhere. Because outrageous baby names never get old, and it’s kind of mind-boggling to imagine introducing your kids, Royaltee and Ruckus.

Except that this is a very old trend. There have always been creative namers.

We recognize choices like Nevaeh and Messiah, Brynlee and Blaze as novelties of our time, but it’s difficult to know how to think about the rarities of an earlier age. Back in 1913, Exie, Vada, and Coy were in the US Top 1000. Are they vintage gems, or the Jayden and Kaylee of another age – or both?

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Under-the-Radar Baby Names

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By Josh Murray

Since the Social Security Administration released their 2014 name list at the beginning of May. Nameberry has seen a number of great posts regarding names that have risen in popularity and those which have fallen further by the wayside. But instead of looking at new names on the rise, I thought I would take the opportunity to focus on the names that aren’t currently being used at all. The SSA only reports names that have been given to at least five boys or girls in a specific year, and each of the choices below did not make the cut. If you really want to set trends and turn heads, consider some of these possibilities, which four or fewer children received in 2014:

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Amazing Names Below the Top 1000

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The hallowed Top 1000 baby names in the US end with Kai, given to 262 baby girls last year, and Rylen, used for 205 little boys.

But what about the baby names right below the Top 1000, hiding just out of sight but prime for plucking by the clever baby namer?

We chose 25 names for girls and 25 names for boys we found swimming just beneath the surface of the Top 1000.  These baby names strike the perfect balance between unusual and familiar.

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