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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Do you remember those fifteen trend predictions for 2015 posted about a month ago?  And the trend-spotting from the UK, courtesy of Elea?

It’s only been a few weeks, but it feels like high profile parents are following along.  Recent birth announcements all reflect the kinds of baby names we expect to hear throughout 2015.

Even if you aren’t crazy about the individual names, there’s some good news here.  Parents seem to be losing their fear of giving a “girl” name to a boy.  Is it possible that names like Kelly will once again be wearable for our sons?

The rise of short, simple names is another one that will please parents eager to avoid nicknames.  Welcome to the world, Tom-not-Thomas, Tess-not-Theresa, and this week’s celebrity entry in the category, Cy, not Cyrus or Cyril or Silas.

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel offers a special bonus in addition to her Nameberry 9 names in the news.

One of the arguments against unusual names is this: “But she won’t find anything with her name on it!”

That’s never really been true, and it is certainly less true now than ever before.  Technology is a part of the change, but so is something more old-school: the countless Etsy shops, all featuring makers of unique hand-crafted items.

Call your child Viggo or James, it doesn’t much matter – Etsy artisans can get a personalized superhero vest, tee shirt, lunchbox, and more to you in just a matter of days.

In celebration of this exciting way for daring baby namers to counter grandparents’ fears, we have a give-away.  One lucky reader will score a set of twenty bookplates from Etsy shop My Kids Eat Off the Floor.  Shop owner Kate is the mom to three fantastically named daughters herself: Tempe, Helena, and Juno.

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