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Big Families, Bold Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

This week, Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg welcomed baby number four. It’s no surprise that the family chose a bold, unexpected baby name for their new arrival. Older daughters are Poet Sienna Rose and Jagger Joseph Blue, and they’re also parents to son Lyric Sonny Roads. Their new addition is son Story. We’re still waiting to learn his middle names, but here’s betting that it’s another daring combination.

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They love Silas, but their last name sounds like Smith. Try saying that five times fast! How much does first-last name harmony matter? If Silas is off the table, which names should they consider instead?

Shanda writes:

We love the name Silas for our baby coming in June. However, our one-syllable last name begins with an S. So if we were to choose Silas, his full name certainly wouldn’t roll off the tongue.

My husband thinks this doesn’t matter that much as his full name will be reserved for formal situations – or when he’s really in trouble!

We’ve also considered Asher, Alder, Humphrey, Beckett, Remy, and Jonah. My husband loves the idea of Ezekiel, nicknamed Kiel for the German city. I just don’t love Ezekiel. None of these have really stuck.

How much should the appeal of a full name factor?

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Comeback Classic Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

The new US Top 1000 list is out, and while it’s easy to focus on the trendy and the novel – Saylor is up for girls, Baylor for boys, and Oakley for both! – plenty of classic baby names are also making a comeback.

Last year we looked at nine boy names and nine girl names that were both traditional and trending. Happily, it was easy to find eighteen more great baby names that were on the rise this year.

Cora, Ezra, and Theodore all broke into the US Top 100, and Benjamin is now in the boys’ Top Ten. But let’s consider the names a little farther down the list – traditional picks that aren’t super popular just yet. If you’re after a name that’s familiar, with history galore, and not too common, this is your list.

Read on for some great comeback classic baby names.

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After being a longtime local Name Sage, Eloise is now expecting her first child and wants a choice that will live up to her lifelong interest in names. Let’s help her find a spectacular combination for her daughter due this summer.

Eloise writes:

This is my first pregnancy, due late August, and coming a little later in life than I imagined. As the name sage among my family and friends – and given a stack of kids is not going to be happening for me – I’m looking for the ultimate name.

Our daughter’s last name will sound like Marlowe with a T. O-ending first names are out.

Dad is English, I’m Australian and she will hear mostly Australians saying its name. (Some names, like Martha, can sound pretty awful in an Aussie accent.)

For a girl, I/we love (in order):

I like Clementina and James, but maybe I’m trying too hard there.

I’m a bigger fan of long, elaborate names than my husband, but he’ll go with it if likes the nickname. And there is something cool about the shorter names.

For middle names, we love Rainer or Winter as less common options, or else a family name from my side. Some options include: Rachael, Catherine, Natalie, Delphine, Lucy, Belle, Kate, Christine, Anna, Anne, Sylvia, Sarah, and Eloise, or even the surname Golding.

I quite like two middle names. I’m just not settled on any of it and, like most of us, I’m better at deciding for others!

I could easily just keep gathering names until after the baby is born, and then decide in a panic, which isn’t what I want!

I’d love your magical help please, on new names we might like, and how to pick and/or combine from among the ones we’ve come up with.

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Powerhouse celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel

Not every celebrity name catches on – Apple and Suri remain rare, as do Saint and North. But from today’s Top Ten to the newest names on the rise, it is clear that the picks of celebrity parents have boosted some of our favorites.

With the new US popularity data just out, here’s a look at the most popular baby names – and the celebrities that helped put them there.

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