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The 14 Most Notable Names of 2014

Names of the Year

The most notable names of 2014 were borne by personages saluted for their breakthrough achievements in the realms of entertainment, sports and the fine arts—and also including one no-no name.Our picks for the fourteen names most emblematic of the events of 2014—along with their related runner-ups are:

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novel names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

I’m a sucker for tradition.

My personal shortlist is packed with moldy oldies: Caradoc and Marguerite, Edith and Asa.  If forced to choose Jaxon or James, Eden or Elizabeth, I’d go with James and Elizabeth, no question.

And yet there’s something appealing about the idea of choosing a completely novel name for your new arrival.  This week’s high profile birth announcements were all about the modern and the new.

It’s fitting for children who are going to grow up in a new world, one where tablets have always been digital, instead of stone.

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jazzella

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The connection to the haunting voice of a well known jazz or blues singer definitely adds an element of –well—rhythm and blues—to a name’s image, an extra infusion of richness and pizzazz. Boyish Billie takes on new depth when listening to Lady Day, Etta goes from fusty to soulful via the “At Last” singer James.  Here then,  the Nameberry Picks of the jazziest ‘girl’ jazz singer names.

BILLIE

Billie Holiday, one of the greatest and most tragic jazz singers of all time, was born with the name Eleanora and took her professional name from an actress she admired called Billie Dove—who was originally Bertha.  Billie is a tomboyish nickname name that was in the Top 100 from 1928 to 1935, and now seems to be making a return—Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane have a young daughter named Billie Beatrice.

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Baby Names 2013: Future starbabies and more

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This week, for her Nameberry 9 picks, Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain, looks ahead to some baby names of 2013, as well other names that made the news.

As 2012 draws to a close – the year of Blue Ivy and a girl named Maxwell Drew – we’re all wondering what’s ahead.

Make no mistake, 2012 was a great year for baby names, but 2013 should be even more exciting.  There’s the royal baby, and now an American dynasty is expecting a new addition.  Jenna Bush Hager, daughter and granddaughter of two US presidents, is due next year, and given her family’s habit of passing down relatives’ names, it should make for a great birth announcement.

Add in Shakira – what will she name her first? – and Camila Alves – will she and Matthew come up with another v-name for baby #3?  – and there’s no shortage of news expected next year.

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deborah2

The Bible contains hundreds more boys’ than girls’ names, but the female names in its pages are among the most beautiful and enduring of Western culture.  It’s difficult to pick just a handful of our favorites.  Setting aside such timeless beauties as Anne, Mary, and Elizabeth, we spotlight these choices that combine distinctiveness and style.

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