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There’s been a lot of berry-buzz lately around the names Cora, Flora and Dora, a nostalgic bevy of beauties we might call the Floradora girls.

If you’re wondering about the origins of the term, it dates back to Florodora, one of the first big Broadway musical hits of the twentieth century—it opened in 1900– and the term came to symbolize a kind of saucy, high-kicking, wasp-waisted show gal who might well have been named Flora or Dora—or Cora or Nora—all names then near the height of their popularity.

In 1900, Flora was Number 106 on the list, Dora, 79, Cora 55, and Nora 83, but their rankings would experience somewhat disparate trajectories.  While all four peaked in the 1880s, it was only Nora, with her more classic feel, that would maintain respectable numbers throughout the succeeding decades–Flora was the first to vanish completely, in 1972.

But while these names appear to share such a strong family resemblance, they actually have quite different résumés.

CORA. Though Cora‘s roots go back to the ancient Greek — the word kore, meaning ‘girl, maiden’–and it was a title given to Persephone, goddess of springtime, the modern introduction of Cora to the English-speaking world is credited to James Fenimore Cooper and his creation of Cora Munro, the spirited heroine of his 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans. Today, Cora is most visibly tied to the American-born Right Hono(u)rable Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey.  And the sweet, old-fashioned Cora is now at Number 276, the highest it’s been since 1949, with the expanded Coralie getting some love as well.

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New Baby Names: Our ten freshest

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Yesterday you told us about the new baby names you’ve heard and seen; today we bring you Nameberry’s newest baby names, those we’ve encountered over the past weeks and added to the Nameberry database.

It may seem odd to some people that after 25 years of writing about names, there are still new baby names to discover.  But as you berries know, that’s one of the best things about names: No matter how long you study them, no matter how much you read about them, there are always new ones out there.

Some of these, of course, are invented names, more and more every year as parents reach harder to come up with an appellation that’s unique….or at least yooneek.  Then there are those obscure names in the Old Testament or other ancient sources, names from around the world that haven’t migrated beyond their native shores, new first names drawn from established surnames or place-names or nature sources.

We mentioned a couple of our new baby names in yesterday’s blog and will offer others in future postings.  Here, ten more of the newest names on Nameberry and where we found them:

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Baby Names 2012

For the new year, we thought it would be fun to ask you to post the new baby names 2012 you’ve heard or see lately, on babies or in movie credits or in the newspaper or even new choices you’ve encountered on Nameberry.

We think we’ve heard them all…..until we encounter a new name, which seems to happen every other day.  We’re always adding new names to Nameberry.

Some recent name sightings that were new to us and that we added to Nameberry: Avdel, an Old Testament name that means “servant of God,” and Roreto, an Italian place-name a Berry used for her son and enlightened us about. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a longer list of the new baby names 2012 we’ve added to Nameberry.

What new names have YOU encountered?  Where did you find them?  And what if anything can you tell us about them?

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Baby Names 2012: 12 Hottest Trends

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Baby names 2012 promise revolutionary new directions in the continuing and escalating search for meaning coupled with originality. That can be a hard bill to fill when it comes to baby names, pushing parents in 2012  to look to some fresh sources and create names that have never been heard before.

Every year, it seems, people become more aware of the power of names.  And yet names are still free and universal, which increases the pressure to find that one perfect name that defines and encapsulates all your hopes and dreams for your child.

Here, the 12 hottest trends for Baby Names 2012.

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