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Sophisticated Names for Girls

By Abby Sandel

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe on the arrival of their daughter, Iris Mary.

The Oscar-winning actor and his public relations executive wife chose a sophisticated, nickname-proof name for their first child. Iris has so many qualities expectant parents seek. It’s literary and glamorous, but not too much for a young child to wear. It’s nearly impossible to shorten Iris. And ecovintage Iris feels modern, but has history to spare, from the ancient world right through today.

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12 Best New Celebrity Dad Names

new celebrity dads

By Linda Rosenkrantz

So far this year, some amazingly named starbabies were born to their high-profile Hollywood dads.  Here’s our hearty Father’s Day salute to these proud celebrity papas, some first timers and others who welcomed a new bambino into their brood. Our nominations for the twelve most outstanding so far this year:

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13 Celebrated Juniors

Juniors

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Nothing can bring a father and son closer together than sharing their name. And as it happens, an inordinate number of male superstars have been juniors (or IIIs or IVs—even Vs)—whether because the name was something to live up to or an incentive to distinguish themselves as individuals. In anticipation of Father’s Day we look at 13 stars who share their parent’s name, and the various ways these pairings have played out.

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Are all the good names taken?!

a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts
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After ruling out any name already used for a close family member, their list is down to … zero! Time to dig deep for some appealing names that are traditional but not taken – and not too popular, either.

Brittany writes:

Don‘t mind me, going crazy over here trying to find a name for my soon-arriving first boy! We’ve been trying desperately to come up with a name that isn’t one of the MANY taken names in my family. There are over 50 names for our cousins, uncles, nephews, and brothers. Argh!

We have a daughter named Eden Clara, and her name wasn’t easy … but it wasn’t this hard! We decided on Eden because we are religious, and because it is both beautiful and not very common.

Avoiding popular names is extremely important for me. My husband’s name was in the Top 50 when he was born, and is still in the Top 200. I not only have a common name, but an extremely trendy-for-the-time name. It doesn’t help that our last name is also fairly common.

All of the boys’ names I like are either popular, taken by someone in my family, or both.

We’ve considered William, but it’s so common. Maybe if we paired it with a solid middle?

We love Adam, Andrew, James, Jonah, and Noah, but they’re all taken. The same is true of Monroe, Miles, and Cody.

The only names on our list are Lincoln and Forrest, and both are met with shrugs and “I guess that’s not too bad.”

We don’t want to pick a name that is just not terrible. I know there’s the perfect name out there somewhere!

The Name Sage replies:

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unique girls' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Very feminine names that were unusual and exotic a generation or two ago have risen to the top of the US popularity lists: I’m looking at you, Isabella, Sophia, Olivia.

So what’s the parent to do who loves this kind of elaborate girls’ name but wants something a lot more rare?

Some of the best choices in this style don’t even make it onto the extended list of American baby names: All the names starred below were given to fewer than five baby girls in the US in the last year counted.  And the others were used for only a handful of babies.

Is Cassiopeia or Petronilla too much name for a baby girl (or even a grown-up woman, for that matter)? Maybe, but you can always call her Cassie or Nilla and trust she’ll grow into her august appellation, at least by the time she’s 40.

And if you like super-feminine names for girls, why stick with the safe Gabriellas and Valentinas when there are all these exotic beauties out there?

Thirty rare, feminine names you might consider for your little girl are:

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