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Nameberry Picks: The Best Nature Names

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Nature names have become such a huge category of baby names that it’s difficult to corral all of them – the flower names and the animal names, the tree names and the water and weather names – into one list, much less pick the dozen best. But we tried, with several nods to other favorites. Photo by Georgia Brizuela from Documenting Delight.

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Summer is officially here—a time of sea and sun and sandy beaches. And luckily for the baby due to be born in this season, there are a number of names that are specific to this time of year, some of them more apparent than others. Here are Nameberry’s picks for best summertime names.

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28 Surprising Baby Names on the Rise

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Swimming just below our Most Popular lists are other baby names that are attracting new levels of attention. Some of these are unusual names from traditional sources like the Bible and nature. Others are classic choices that have suddenly gone from dowdy to stylish.Many of these names share a darkness, an edginess I didn’t notice until I began researching illustrations to accompany the text. It may be that, in these vampire-threatened times, we’re more drawn to myths and pop culture sources that have a shadowy underside. Or it may just be that we’re looking harder for unusual names, in places parents may have shied away from in the past.Wherever we find them, here are 28 surprising baby names on the way up:

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This week Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain speculates on the Beyonce-Jay-Z babe name possibilities and reports on other baby name news of the week.

The news that Beyoncé is going to be a mama set gossip blogs afire.  Ever since she and Jay-Z tied the knot, there was talk of a future Bey-Z.  Now speculation turns to the baby’s name.  Will they play it safe and name a son Shawn Carter, Jr.?  If we believe Jay-Z’s lyrics, he’s all about honoring his roots by calling a daughter Brooklyn.  Since Beyoncé is a spin on a family surname, it is possible they’ll look to their ancestors for inspiration.  How about Celestine or Gloria for a girl, or a son named Mathew or Lumis?

I’m rooting for Agnez for a daughter, in honor of Beyoncé’s grandmother.  Something tells me that the couple will surprise all of us.

On to the names in the news this week:

AfricaElea at British Baby Names rounded up the manxiest of the Manx names – appellations that flourished on that lonely island in the Irish Sea.  The native language is Celtic, but there are healthy doses of Norse influence, too.  I’m fascinated by Africa, also written Aufrica, a name that appears amongst the Manx ruling families.  See her full list here.

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