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CruzVeda

By Abby Sandel

Tanecia writes:

We are expecting our third child. We have a boy and a girl already: Cruz Andres and Veda Josephine. I like that both of their names are four letters (though we’re not committed to four letters) and have spiritual ties, but I can’t seem to find a name that I truly love for a third child.

Our top names so far are Makaio and Eden. We have some family names we might use for the middles. I would love if you could offer me any suggestions at all. I don’t have any set rules for the names, but I want to love it, and I also want it to flow with Cruz and Veda.

Our last name is a long, common one – starts with an R, ends with a ‘z’ sound.

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Taylor Swift-Inspired Baby Names

Music baby names

By Abby Sandel

Taylor Swift’s latest video is a who’s who of Hollywood stars, up-and-coming singers, and supermodels galore.

“Bad Blood” stars Taylor as a sort of James Bond/Wonder Woman/Katniss Everdeen warrior extraordinaire. After her fellow BFF-spy betrays her, she enrolls in assassin school and assembles a crack team of allies to help her take down her nemesis.

It doesn’t sound like inspiration for baby names. But the cast and characters answer to an eclectic bunch of global, daring names. One of these might be just right for your daughter.

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girls' baby names

Alison writes:

We need the perfect name for our fourth daughter! Our daughters are Ellyanna Jane, Vivienne Renee, and Hannalise Olive.

We’re looking for a long name – three or more syllables, with a similar style to her sisters’ names. But it needs to have a different sound and dominant letters, so we can’t repeat anna/enne/lise/viv/elly.

Our last name starts with a B, so no B names, please! Other family names to avoid: Jennifer, Cheryl, Kristy, Kirsten, Isabel, Amelia, Anna, Skye, Liberty, Pollyanna, Tiffany, and Felicity.

Our current shortlist consists of Olivia, Lydia, Everly, Lavinia, and Rosalie.

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The Hottest Celebrity Baby Names

Celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel

Do celebrity baby names influence the names we choose for our children? Or are the stars just like us, drawn to the same styles and trends that appeal to parents everywhere?

It’s probably a little bit of both, but looking at the new US Top 1000, there’s no question that many a rising name also appeared on a high profile birth announcement.

Sometimes it takes a few months for a celebrity baby name to really catch on. Two of the hottest names in 2014 were 2013 choices: Everly, the daughter of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, and Axl, son of Fergie and Josh Duhamel.

But plenty of 2014 starbabies share their names with other children born in the same year.

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The Best New Baby Names

Owen Wilson and Ford

By Abby Sandel

One of the most exciting parts of the new US Top 1000 has to be the debuts and returns list.

In 2014, a name had to be given to 205 newborn boys to make the Top 1000. On the girls’ side, it took 262 newborns to earn a place.

44 names for girls and 34 names for boys appear in 2014’s Top 1000 list that did not rank in 2013. Plenty of classic names made a comeback, but here are a dozen of the most interesting modern choices.

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