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Name Trend: The I’s Have It for Girls

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For a long time, I has been the silent starting vowel, overshadowed by the more popular A, E and O names. But now we’re seeing I names stepping up, particularly for girls. These range from some revitalized vintage names (Ida, sweet as apple cider) to the classical to the international like Inez and Ingrid. So far there are only two I-girls on the Top 100 list—Isabella and Isabelle—but here are some others that we consider worthy of joining them.

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In honor of Black History Month, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as well known now as the Billie Holidays and Ella Fitzgeralds, but they all made significant contributions to this most American of art forms—and their vintage names are right on trend for babies today!

Adelaide

Jazz singer Adelaide Hall had a career that spanned 70 years, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, pioneered the improvisational vocal techniques known as “scat” singing, and had great success in England. The place name Adelaide, used by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths for her daughter, is a big Nameberry fave, now at Number 13; Number 321 nationally.

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By: Denise K. Potter

To the Western world and Northern Hemisphere, July marks the beginning of sunny beach vacations, shady afternoon barbeques and sweltering hot temperatures. To name nerds all over the world, it brings a fresh batch of names inspired by history. In addition to Independence Day fireworks and parades, we have a diamond tycoon’s birthday, a Continental Congress resolution and the anniversary of several record-breaking explorations to celebrate.

Cecil- Cecil J. Rhodes, a British businessman, mining tycoon, and South African politician, was said to have controlled about 90 percent of the world’s diamond production in the nineteenth century. Now his surname is most commonly recognized for the Rhodes Scholarship, which allows select foreign students to study at the University of Oxford. Though Cecil has lost much of its potency over the years, it still maintains a strong presence in the sports and jazz worlds and retains references to American filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.

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By Tara Ryazansky

The roster of US athletes hoping to compete in the Olympic games is a name list as diverse as the nation itself.  Here I have curated a list of some girl names that feel like winners for a 2014 baby.

Petra- As in Petra Acker, college student and speed skater.  This feminization of Peter is from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”.  I’ve always thought that Petra sounds elegant and sophisticated, yet wearable for a little one.

Lolo- Like the track star turned bobsledder, Lolo Jones (born, Lori).  Lolo is a diminutive of Caroline, but I could see it working for plenty of other names including favorites like Charlotte and Eloise.  More playful and friendly than Lola, maybe Lolo will pick up speed as a nickname in the years to come.

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Geek Chic: Names that wear glasses

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Have you heard of Warby Parker?  They’re the cool vintage=inspired online eyeglass company that launched a huge trend.  And now they’re joined by a host of other geek chic eyewear purveyors, including one for kids called Very French Gangsters, where we found our adorable glasses-wearing model.

But the real point here, as it always is on Nameberry, is names.

I was perusing the wares on Warby Parker the other day when I was distracted by the names of the frames.  Some embody a lot of geek but not much chic: Fillmore, Digby, and Duckworth. And then there are those like Sloan and Sawyer, Reynold and Larkin, which are chic without the geek.

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