Last of the 2016 Celebrity Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

It happens every year! We press publish on our Best of Celebrity Baby Names story, only to have a whole bunch of beautifully named babies arrive in December.

If we’d waited until this week to write our round-up for the year, at least a few of these might have unseated some of our 2016 favorites. Or not. It’s been a good year for baby names, names that hit the different-but-not-too-different sweet spot.

Let’s take a look at the end-of-year arrivals, and the stylish names that might prove every bit as influential as those born earlier in 2016.

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Festive Girl Names for the New Year

Happy New Year Names

The New Year brings hope, change, and, of course, celebration!

If you’re expecting a daughter on the December/January cusp this year, these upbeat girls’ names might make great choices. From names that suggest New Year soirees to those inviting joy and good cheer, there’s something here for every style of namer.

So pop the champagne – or the apple juice – and consider a girls’ name that glitters with all the excitement of 2017. By Abby Sandel

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So You Want A Unique Baby Name?

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

A lot of people say they’re looking for unique baby names, but what do they really mean? A lot of the names tagged as unique often are anything but, including popular choices from Avery to Zoey.

So does unique mean different, as in names that depart from the traditional lexicon? Or maybe unique indicates names that have become widely-used only recently. Or names that are spelled differently from how anyone else has ever spelled them. And of course many people simply use unique to mean unusual.

But what if unique really means what it says: names that are literally one-of-a-kind. As in, no other babies were given this name, at least at this moment in this country. In the case of the US, that means names that don’t even make it to the Social Security complete list of names given to at least five babies.

The baby names here make that cut. So yes, theoretically, some of these names may have been used for two or four babies in the United States in 2015. And some of them may have been used for zero.

The point is, if you’re truly looking for unique baby names and want to make sure that nobody else has your name, then you’ll look to this list. Or to the thousands of other names on Nameberry that are authentically unique.

To hunt down unique baby names, check your favorites against the Social Security complete list, which you can download here by clicking on National Data. You can also find thousands of unique names in our book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names.

Once you find a unique baby name you love, then the question becomes: Do you really want to use it? Do you want your child to be the only person anyone has ever met with that name? For your child to spend a lifetime explaining and spelling and pronouncing his or her name? For there never ever to be a license plate on the rack that spells out that maybe-too-special name?

Maybe the answer is yes, and you feel that the advantages of a unique name — always standing out from the pack, feeling special and well, unique — outweigh the disadvantages. If so, you may find inspiration in the 40 truly unique baby names here.

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Boy Baby Names: More great choices for #5

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They’ve named four boys together – and they love every choice so far! Now it’s time for boy number five, and they’re out of ideas.

Kate writes:

My husband and I are expecting our fifth boy in a few months.

After naming four boys, it’s hard to find a name we both love! Our sons’ names are Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

We like:

Theo – We have a nephew named Ted, but we never see him – so I think we could still use it.

Duke – I’m not sure I can picture this name for an adult.

Dash/Dashiell – My husband only likes the short form Dash, and I don’t know if that name would age well on its own either.

Do you have any name suggestions for our fifth boy that go well with our other four boys’ names? I want to find a name I will love just as much as the previous four. His middle name will be Christopher.

The Name Sage replies:

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B names for boys

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Benjamin was the only boy name to enter the Top 10 this year. But that didn’t signal a revival of B names—there wasn’t another one in the Top 60. So let’s give a little love to this neglected initial and look at 20 B names way beyond Brandon and Brayden that are waiting to be discovered.

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