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by Pamela Redmond Satran

One of the biggest baby name stories this week is The Week’s look at the least popular baby names in the U.S. from 1880 through 1932.

While such monikers as Handy, Spurgeon, Icy, and Toy, culled from the bottom of the Top 1000, are indeed laugh-inducing, it may be even more remarkable to consider the baby names that were equally unpopular back then that went on to win widespread favor.

Names that were given to only five babies at the end of the 19th century, right down there with Spurgeon and Icy, include such future hotties as:

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Baby Girl Names: Short and sweet

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Baby girl names have been trending toward the long and elaborate for some time now, with selections like Isabella and Elizabeth, Olivia and Sophia winning out over the kind of brisk no-nonsense names — Anne, Gail, Lynn — that dominated a couple of generations ago.

But there are some popular names that are short and sweet.  I’m thinking of Emma, Ava, Mia, Ella.  And some parents are starting to feel this simple style carries a more modern brand of femininity.

You might want a short, sweet name for your daughter’s middle.  Or maybe you want a short and sweet first name to balance a longer or more complicated last name.

How short is short?  We’re going to cap it at four letters.

Our ideas for fresh baby girl names that are both short and sweet include:

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Imogen widened her lead over Charlotte as the most popular girls’ name on Nameberry for the first nine months of the year.  Imogen edged past Charlotte to claim the Number 1 spot for the first time at the 2013 half year mark, leading by fewer than 500 names out of a cumulative 50,000 page views.

But now Imogen is leading by nearly 10,000 page views of over 100,000 for the two names, leaving longtime favorite Charlotte in a distant second.  Third place Harper trails by fewer than 1000 views.

Though popular in Britain, Imogen has never made the U.S. Top 1000. In 2012, it was given to only 111 baby girls in the U.S., the same number as were named Love and Laken, though its popularity on Nameberry indicates it could squeak onto the Top 1000 for 2013 or 2014.

Nameberry measures the most-viewed names among the nearly 50,000 choices on our site.

Maisie is the name that has moved the most number of places up the girls’ chart this quarter, at 19.  Names that start with vowels continue to be strong for girls, with half of the dozen names moving fastest up our charts starting with vowels: Amelia, Evelyn, Evangeline, Ivy, Everly, and Ada.  Names making significant shifts upward are marked with an asterisk.

The Top 100 girls’ names on Nameberry so far this year are:

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

Wowza!

I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity, gorgeousness and wild originality of the names reported in the Birth Announcement forums for this third quarter of the year, from July through the end of September.  So overwhelmed, in fact, that I’m dividing the results into two separate blogs—one for the girls and one for the boys.

Not surprisingly, with this large number of names, there were more duplicates than ever.  Perennial NB fave Charlotte along with Phoebe were chosen three times, while the girls’ names picked twice were Alice, Annabel, Arabella, Daisy, Daphne, ElodieFrancine, Ivy, Luna, Nora, Penelope, Rory and Vivienne.  

Most popular initial: A (surprise, surprise); most popular consonant initial: M

Most unusual middle name: Wildflower

Rae seems to be replacing Rose in the middle spot.

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

It’s a common baby name dilemma: You love a name like Cora or Lila forever, holding it close as your own special secret choice, and then bang!  Right when you’re finally in a position to use it, you discover it’s become a trendy new favorite, vaulting up the charts.

What are more unusual baby names that may relate to trendier names but are more distinctive?

Here, drawn from our new  book The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names are ten girls’ names that offer some of the feeling of today’s most stylish names but are more adventurous. 

AvalonIf you like Ava and Adeline, but want a name that’s more unusual, you might love AvalonAvalon is the name of a mythical island paradise – literally, “island of apples” — that offers a fresh take on several trendier girls’ names.  And okay, so it’s also a car name, but so are Mercedes and Portia.

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