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12 Surprising Risings: Cindy? Bruce?

12 surprising risings

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Certain comeback kids have been getting a lot of buzz lately—names like Elsa and Amelia and Elias and Tobias, all of which have that nice vintage 19th century vibe. But there’s another group of names inching their way back that you might find a bit more surprising. Mostly midcentury mom and dad names, they are flouting the Hundred-Year Rule, returning way before their expected due dates.

Here are a dozen prime examples:

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Name Sage: Kim Kardashian Stole My Baby Name!

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Missy writes:

We are expecting a girl in December. We thought we had the perfect name picked out for our little darling: Easton Brennan LastName. We loved that Easton is not expected for a girl and Brennan is my best friend’s last name. Our son Nash Anderson‘s middle name is my husband’s last name.

Then Kim and Kanye have to go and get pregnant! It’s rumored their boy will be named Easton and I just can’t get over it! Our kids will be born at similar times and I don’t want announce that my new baby has the same name as this celebrity babe.

The problem is we can’t agree on other names! I like Vivi, but it’s so common.

Help! I want something as fun and unique as Nash!

The Name Sage replies:

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Build-A-Family Baby Name Game

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Among the most popular features on Nameberry are our Baby Name Games forums, and occasionally (okay, maybe once) we invent a name game for the home page.

Now we have a new name game inspiration we thought it would be fun to invite everyone to play. Here’s how it goes:

The first poster, me, comes up with a name for the oldest child in a fictional family. My fairly random pick:

Aurora Estelle.

The next commenter adds a second child to the family, the next names a third child, the fourth names another child, and then the fifth commenter names the final child in the family of five. Children can be either gender and names can be themed or not.

Once we have five children, the next commenter starts all over, choosing Name Number 1.

Remember, the first name is:

Aurora Estelle.


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Animated Baby Names for Girls

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By Abby Sandel

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling kept us guessing about their daughter’s name for weeks. But as Esmeralda Amada has gotten older, they’ve shared not only her name, but also their reasons for the choice. In a recent interview, they shared that the name appealed because it works in English and Spanish, but also thanks to the character from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The famous couple says that the novel by Victor Hugo, as well as the Disney movie, inspired their choice. The Disney version, with the singing gargoyles and the happy ending, might be a little easier to explain to a child than the bleaker original version of the tale.

The Mendes-Gosling family isn’t the only one to take inspiration from animation.

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A Century of Back-to-School Names

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As a new school year gets underway, we survey a century of names emblematic of each decade. The path from Old School John and Mary to today’s Anakin and Zendaya has not been a straight or direct one, but it’s certainly been educational. — by Abby Sandel and Pamela Redmond Satran

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