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Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel targets a wide range of names for this week’s Nameberry 9, from the outrageous (if fictitious) Conquistador to the sweet floral Violet.

 It was a week for outrageous baby names. 

Steve Martin joked that his new baby girl is named Conquistador.

Then Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof welcomed a baby boy named Phaedra, a little brother for Astala.  The only one in the family with a buttoned-down name is Peaches’ rocker husband, Thomas Cohen. 

For better and for worse, there will always be outlandish stand-out baby names, the headline-grabbing, eye-popping choices like Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.

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Have you noticed the sudden pop in popularity of girls’ names starting with the happy-go-lucky syllable ‘Ha’—some on them shamelessly stolen from the boys?  Caught in the spotlight by two recent high-profile starbabies, Harper Seven Beckham and Jessica Alba’s Haven Warren, this is among the baby name trends that seem to be spreading like wildfire both inside and outside the celebrity sphere.

So it’s ta-ta to Haley, Hayley, Hailee, Hailey and Hallie—and hello to:

Harper. Originally a Scottish family name, this is the biggest hit of all, now Number 119 on the girls’ list, after just arriving in 2004, and jumping more than fifty places in the last year.  It was inspired at least in part by America’s romance with the much-loved classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper (born Nelle) Lee, the book that has also propelled the name Atticus for boys.  Harper’s cred was then reinforced by the character of Harper Finkle on The Wizards of Waverly Place, introduced in 2007 and to a lesser extent by a more minor one in Gossip Girl. Though Harper is still used for boys, most of the many recent starbaby Harpers—from Lisa Marie Presley’s to Neil Patrick Harris’s, have been girls.  Trivia note: During fashionista Posh Beckham’s pregnancy, there were some snide rumors that her future daughter’s possible name was inspired by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

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Which unisex names are getting more feminine and which more masculine? And which are rising and falling for both sexes? Here, the ups and downs of the most popular unisex names:

UNISEX NAMES GETTING MORE FEMININE

ADDISON
ALEXIS
ARIEL
BAILEY
EMERSON
HARPER
JORDYN
LONDON
MARLEY
PAYTON
REAGAN
REESE
RILEY (though still strong for boys)
SKYLAR
TAYLOR
TEAGAN

UNISEX NAMES BECOMING MORE MALE

ANGEL
CAMERON
CHARLIE
DYLAN
HAYDEN (though the gender gap is narrowing)
JADEN, JAIDEN, JAYDEN
JAYLEN
JORDAN
MICAH
PARKER
PHOENIX
SAGE
ZION

UP FOR GIRLS AND DOWN FOR BOYS

ALEXIS
ALI
BAILEY
DEVON
FINLEY
HAYDEN
JUSTICE
KENDALL
LOGAN
QUINN
REAGAN
SAGE
TAYLOR

UP FOR BOYS AND DOWN FOR GIRLS

JAIDYN, JAYDEN
KENNEDY
PEYTON
ROWAN
SKYLER

UNISEX NAMES RISING FOR BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS

AVERY
CHARLIE
EDEN
EMERSON
EMERY
HARLEY
HARPER
JAYLEN
KAYDEN
LONDON
MARLEY
MICAH
PARKER
PAYTON
PHOENIX
RILEY
RORY
RYLEE
ZION

AND THOSE FALLING FOR BOTH SEXES

ANGEL
ARIEL
CAMERON
CASEY
DAKOTA
DYLAN
JADEN, JADYN
JAMIE
JORDAN
REESE
RYAN
SIDNEY
SKYLAR
TYLER

Check out which unisex names are truly equal!

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