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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Will and Kate are expecting a prince or princess in 2015, but there could be thousands of royal births in the coming year.

Confused?

Nameberry’s 2015 trend report started with Defining Names – names that create a clear and powerful identity.

A great many of those identities are clad in purple and ermine – tiny royals, with names to declare they rule.

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This year, more than ever, pop culture has been the driving force behind the most steeply climbing baby names. Those that saw the greatest upswings in popularity were inspired by rappers, reality and scripted TV, by sports stars and by starbabies. And they also reflected some broad general trends, such as exotic flower names, boys’ names for girls, ancient boy and vintage girl names, and geographic place names. Here are some of the most striking examples.

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Banned Baby Names: No Toms in Tomar

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If you were Anderson Cooper and you had been born in Germany, you wouldn’t be Anderson Cooper, because Germany is just one of a surprising number of countries with strict baby-naming rules and regulations. In some instances, as in Italy and Sweden, the motivation is humane—trying to spare the child embarrassment, ridicule and bullying in the increasingly wild and wooly international baby-name environment. In fact, some of these are not long-standing strictures, but relatively recent ones.

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