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Happy 100th Birthday, Olivia!

Olivia de Havilland salute

By Lauren Der

Olivia has been the second most popular girls’ name in the US for the two years running, and Golden Age Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland was one of the first people to bring it to prominence here decades ago. The last surviving star of Gone With the Wind, we salute her as she celebrates her 100th birthday today.

The name Olivia has long been popular apart from the actress’s fame. De Havilland’s actress mother named her after Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Her sister, actress Joan Fontaine, began calling her Livvie as a child, a nickname that stuck throughout her life. Despite the star’s popularity, her name didn’t spike through the height of her fame in the 30s and 40s, reaching the Top 10 only in 2001.

Here, a look at the names of the characters Olivia De Havilland played. Are any of them as appealing as Olivia itself?

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almost different baby names

By Abby Sandel

It’s a common dilemma. You’ve always loved Liam, but now that you’re expecting, it’s a Top Ten favorite that feels very popular, indeed. Or the only name you and your partner agree on is Sophia – but you already know three!

Is there a strategy for finding slightly different baby names? Baby names that share the same characteristics as the names that you love, but aren’t quite as popular?

Sadly there’s no magic formula, but there are some easy and obvious substitutes to consider. This week was filled with high profile birth announcements that seemed to be based on finding slightly different names. It was also the topic we discussed in the latest Name Sage post – and you had some amazing suggestions for the family whose favorites include Isabel and Naomi!

Let’s take a look at some of the names that can easily stand in for current chart toppers:

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By Denise K. Potter

April showers bring May… baby names? The fifth month, along with tulips, orchids and apple blossoms, promises a number of colorful and exciting baby names, twelve to be exact, that denote its history. This month, it’s astronauts, record-breaking aviators, activists and Olympic athletes who grace the charts of notable May names. Take a look and see if maybe one might be a perfect match for any future Taurus or Gemini.

Alan—The first American to enter outer space, on May 5, 1961, was Alan Shepard, piloting the Freedom 7 spacecraft. This triumph took place during the era of booming technology that became known as the Space Race. The Irish name meaning “handsome, cheerful” is one of three popular spellings, along with Allen and Allan.

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In movies, actors know they’ve reached the top when they get their names above the title; for opera singers the most coveted roles are those whose names ARE the titles.  Here are twelve such names that would be perfect for the daughter of an opera buff—or for any classical music-loving parents.

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Is It True? Sophia, Jacob New #1s!


Nameberry exclusive!  Sophia and Jacob are the new Number 1 names, according to the headline of a press release posted briefly on the Social Security website and just as quickly taken down.  A sharp-eyed Berry alerted us to the possible leak.  The Most Popular Names 2011 announcement was supposed to have been made today, but was postponed until Monday morning on The Today Show.  But Nameberry may have just scooped NBC, thanks to our wonderful Berries! xxxx

And now on to our regularly scheduled program.  This year, Nameberry says Happy Mother’s Day by saluting the best baby-naming celebs who have become moms since last Mother’s Day–some for the first time, some not.  We’re staying away from the more extreme choices (so sorry, Mariah and Beyonce and Jessica), in favor of those that have shown an elegant sense of style, a degree of creativity–and in a few cases some ingenuity by unearthing some great buried treasures.

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