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Vintage Baby Names: Gone girls of 1916

lost girls of 1916

Sometimes it feels as though our attics have been completely cleared out of stored vintage baby names. But every time we go back up there we do manage to succeed in finding a number of past treasures that haven’t been dusted off yet. The names shown here were all in the Top 1000 in 1916, one hundred years ago, several in the top half of the list and many of them not seen again for fifty years. Let’s see if the Hundred Year Rule applies and they’re ready for a comeback.

By Linda Rosenkrantz

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

As Earth Day approaches, a commemoration that seems to get increasingly relevant with every passing year, we tend to think of names in shades of green. But there are also some rich brown-hued names related directly to the earth. So you might want to consider one of these earth-related options to reflect your concern for the environment.

Acajou—This reddish-brown color name may literally mean cashew in French, but is also the wood from the mahogany tree. Acajou would make a lively, surprisingly distinctive choice.

Armona—A name of Hebrew origin whose meaning is ‘chestnut brown’, Armona is also a place name in California

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts
Girlish name, boyish nickname

Shae writes:

My wife and I are expecting our first daughter in early July and cannot lock in a name.

I love distinctively classic feminine names that have a touch of alternative, like Florence, Clementine, and Estelle.

My wife likes more “tomboy” names like Pippa, Hudson, and Quinn. None of these even come close to something I would choose.

Based on this we are trying to find names that fit my criteria with an appropriate nickname that my wife loves. We have come up with Harriet/Hattie and Madeline/Maddie. But neither name feels right.

We do both absolutely love Clementine, but the nickname is always a bit of troublesome here.

Her middle name will be Ila -it’s a family name. Our surname is short, simple, starts with an M, and lends itself easily to almost every name.

If it were up to me, I would choose Florence Ila. I love the romance, but it’s a bit too much for my wife.

Names we love but have crossed off are Lola (clashes with Ila) and Esme (too repetitive with our surname).

The Name Sage responds:

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word names for boys

By Pamela Redmond Satran

If you look below the Top 1000 baby names on the US popularity list, you’ll find an awful lot of word names for boys inching up toward visibility. These are mostly names that didn’t exist a decade ago, but now the fashion for word names — nature names and inspirational names and tough-guy names and just regular word names — is inspiring parents to consider them more seriously.

You may be interested in finding a new and unique name for your son that is also easy to understand, pronounce, and spell. Or perhaps one of these word names has a special meaning for you — Arrow if you’re an archer, say, or Pike for a fishing enthusiast.

Or maybe you’re just curious about the really unusual names some parents are choosing these days. The hot new word names for boys include:

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New Surname Names for Boys

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By Abby Sandel

We love surname names for our sons. Mason is a Top Ten pick, and Carter, Logan, Jackson, and Dylan aren’t far behind.

But lately there’s a new class of surname baby names in town, and they could replace those familiar favorites.

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s new baby boy received a rising surname name. The Jolie-Pitts, Owen Wilson, and plenty of celebrity parents are fans of this style, too – in fact, high profile birth announcements helped make many of these names mainstream possibilities.

Expect the kindergartens of 2020 to be filled with surname name picks that weren’t on anyone’s shortlist twenty years ago. Here are nine surname names for boys that we’ll hear more of in the coming years – though they’re still fresh and relatively underused in 2016.

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