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Rising Boy Names: 9 Ready to Roar

Rising Boy Names

By Abby Sandel

Last week we looked at nine girl names likely to soar. Head to a kindergarten class in five years or so, and chances are you’ll hear more of names like Luna, Liv, and Sloane. They’re stylish, on-trend, and attracting more attention from expectant parents.

This week, it’s the boys’ turn. As with the girls’ list, names currently ranked in the US Top 100 were excluded – though a few, like Ezra, could easily be the next big thing.

Some made our earlier list of shooting stars, names rising more than 100 places over the last year. Others are simply in step with current fashions, or generating so much buzz, that it’s easy to imagine we’ll b hearing more and more of these names in the years to come.

Here are nine boy names most likely to make their mark.

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Classic Girl Names: Mary-not-Mary


Mary long reigned as the Number One girls’ name throughout the English-speaking world. Some were Mary Ann or Mary Ellen, but others got far more creative in their quest to stand out from the crowd. So they traded in the ubiquitous Mary for names more glamorous, creative, cooler, or at least more distinctive. You may not even realize that many of these women started out life answering to the regal, saintly classic girl nameBy Abby Sandel

Here are some of our favorite Mary-not-Marys.

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Compromise girl name

They’re excited to expecting another girl, but agreeing on a name? That’s another story! They compromised on Luella for their first daughter. Let’s help them find another name they can both love.

Kiara writes:

I’m hoping you can help my husband and I get on the same page. When it comes to baby names we are two ships passing in the night!

We have always had a boy name in mind – Harvey – but of course we are having our second girl.

Our first daughter is named Luella. I can’t tell you how long it took to get that name and I am anxious for us to fast track getting this new little lady named.

My husband goes for classics/mainstream favoritess mostly. Think Emma, Elsie, and Kinsey.

I tend to like names with Southern/grandma flair, or slightly offbeat names. Think Sailor, Pepper, Linnie, and Delilah.

We did like the name Linnea, but with our Luella already here we think it may be a little too similar.

Help, please … or this baby may be named Harvey-the-girl!

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Rising Girl Names: 9 likely to soar

rising girl names

By Abby Sandel

Head to a kindergarten classroom today, and you’re likely to hear girl names like Sophia and Emma, Isla and Mila, Harper and Quinn. It’s a mix of long-time favorites and newer discoveries. Some are unisex and modern. Others feel surprisingly traditional.

But how about the kindergarten class of 2026? Or maybe 2031? Which rising girl names seem likely to soar – or quietly climb – in the next five to ten years?

We can get some insight by looking at the names that have gained in use most dramatically.

Most of these names won’t make that list, though. Instead, a mix of on-trend sound and just enough pop culture presence might transform these nine girl names into popular choices to fill classrooms of the not-so-distant future.

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Baby Names: Solving the Popularity Puzzle

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the popularity puzzle

They’re looking for an unusual baby name for their son, and they’ve found a favorite. The only trouble? Their top name might be the next big thing. 

Shayna writes:        

I am due with a baby boy and one of the only baby names my husband and I agree on is Arlo.

I have two concerns with this name.

I keep reading that in 2016 it could be popular, because of Disney and Hollywood parents. I had a unique name growing up and loved it! I felt bad for all the Brittanys and Ashleys of my generation. I dread accidentally giving my son a trendy name, and having him go through life as Arlo H. We’re in Canada, so we’re looking for relevant statistics here.

Secondly, should I worry about a nickname? Will kids call him Arie (too feminine for my liking) or Ar? Low? Or is Arlo short enough that a nickname won’t be required.

His middle name will be John Wayne or Jonathan Wayne.


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