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New Baby Names on the Rise

Baby names on the rise

By Abby Sandel

Ready for a little bit of crystal ball-gazing about all things baby names? With the new US popularity data due out around Mother’s Day, it’s time for some predictions.

The new Top Ten gets an awful lot of attention, of course. Remember last year, when Charlotte entered the US Top Ten the same week that Princess Charlotte was born?

But the part of the list that intrigues me most is those trending up – the names that break into the US Top 1000 for the first time, or those that return after an absence.

Why does it matter? We’re talking about names that rank Number 893 or 952, after all, names that have been given to a few hundred newborns, max.

Here’s why: the list is widely reported. Dissected, even. If you find yourself looking for a less common name, the opposite of the too popular Jennifer or Ashley or Emily you wore growing up, then maybe you’ll skip right past the Top 100 and even the Top 250. You’ll direct your eyes towards the end of the list.

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Is Any Name Better than Theodore?

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Name Sage Theodore

They’ve always wanted to name a son Theodore, but now a friend has used it first. Should they forge ahead or search for a replacement boys’ name? The Name Sage ponders.

Kate writes:

My husband and I are having our first child, a little boy. We are over the moon! Before we were even married, we spoke about possible baby names. For girls, we love Adeline and Cecelia, but for little boys it’s always just been Theodore Thomas.

We love Theodore for several reasons. It’s an older name, Teddy and Theo are great nicknames, and it goes well with our very common last name – one that at least a dozen famous people or historical figures have! (That rules out a lot of names for us.)

Thomas is a family name. Other family names we might use are James and Patrick.

Here’s the problem: a year ago a friend within our circle had a son and named him Theodore. Although they currently live out of state and we see them once or twice a year, it still is bothersome to me.

My husband and I keep trying to come up with names we love as much but so far nothing compares.

We have discussed Arlo (my husband really likes named that end with o), Everett, Xavier, Harrison, and Truman. (Except our last name is common and a presidential surname already, so this might be too much.)

We both agree that if we cannot come up with something we love as strongly as Theodore, we will go with it. But with that said, do you have any additional suggestions?

The Name Sage replies:

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baby names announcement

By Abby Sandel

Reality star Maci Bookout isn’t due for a few more weeks, but she’s already shared her son’s name with the world. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen dropped hints, but didn’t reveal their pick until the day their daughter arrived. And Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden stuck to tradition, waiting for King Carl to announce the name during an official government cabinet meeting a few days after the little prince’s birth.

There’s no rule about when to announce your baby name, but there are plenty of opinions. Do you announce early, to ensure that your pregnant sister-in-law doesn’t choose the same name? Or do you keep it top secret, to prevent unwanted feedback?

Whether you’re a reality star, a royal, or just a parent after a great name for the next generation, there are nine possible moments to share your child’s name.

The options:

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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).

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New Surname Names for Boys

surname names for boys

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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