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deja vu names

By Abby Sandel, AppellationMountain

I know that Hollywood isn’t one great big playdate, with A-list moms and reality starlets alike pushing their designer strollers through the park together. There’s no reason to think that Blue Ivy Carter and Tennessee Toth will attend the same preschool, or that Tori Spelling and Angelina Jolie are trading tips on managing big families.

Which is a long way of saying that of course sometimes one set of high-profile parents will choose the same name that some other headline-worthy couple chose.

To spectators, those repeats can seem significant. Tabloids accuse Blake Lively of stealing a Garner-Affleck baby name. We declare names The Next Big Thing if it pops up on lots of celeb birth announcements.

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brave new world names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

The way we name boys is changing, and that’s a good thing.

For years, parents played it safe when naming their sons.  We were more likely to pass down family names, and less likely to choose something really different or novel.

Why? Maybe we worried that boys were more likely to be teased for a different name.  Or maybe we applied the Supreme Court Justice test more strictly to our boys than our girls.

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reclaimed boys names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Girls have been borrowing from boys’ names for generations. Shirley and Ashley were once more common for men. Ditto Madison, Avery, and Harper.

It’s easy to fume about name theft. After all, conventional wisdom is that once a name is widely used for our daughters, it cannot be given to our sons.

The truth is messier. Consider:

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celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Imagine you’re famous.

And expecting.

Whether you’re an Oscar-nominated actress or a reality show contestant who was voted out after a few episodes, you have two choices to make when it comes to your child’s name: the name itself, of course, and how to share it with the world.

Or make that if you’ll share it with the world.  Plenty of celebrities Tweet or Instagram their good news, or announce it through a publicist.  But then there are those who just don’t share.

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On-trend names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Do you remember those fifteen trend predictions for 2015 posted about a month ago?  And the trend-spotting from the UK, courtesy of Elea?

It’s only been a few weeks, but it feels like high profile parents are following along.  Recent birth announcements all reflect the kinds of baby names we expect to hear throughout 2015.

Even if you aren’t crazy about the individual names, there’s some good news here.  Parents seem to be losing their fear of giving a “girl” name to a boy.  Is it possible that names like Kelly will once again be wearable for our sons?

The rise of short, simple names is another one that will please parents eager to avoid nicknames.  Welcome to the world, Tom-not-Thomas, Tess-not-Theresa, and this week’s celebrity entry in the category, Cy, not Cyrus or Cyril or Silas.

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