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By Pamela Redmond Satran

How will you know when you’ve found the right name for your baby?  You’ll just know, some might say — but you might know that you know for sure if you experience one of the following 19 signs.

1.  Without even trying, you find yourself calling the baby by one of its nicknames.

2.  You doodle it in different handwritings on your notebook, just like you did the name of your first crush when you were 13.

3.  You suggest it to your partner and he or she can’t even think of one solid objection.

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Nameberry’s Most Popular Features of 2012

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Forget Katniss and Finn: Today we leave individual baby names behind and bring you the most popular features on Nameberry in 2012.

Sifting through nearly100 million page views on the site, these are our most-read blogs, our lists that attracted the highest number of viewers, our most commented-on forums, and the user lists that drew the most attention.

How many have you seen?

Top blogs

100 Best Cool Unusual Boys’ Names and Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names

These 2010 blogs that detailed the best names given to 25 or fewer babies continue to rank highest on our site.  Our picks for boys include Amias, Barnabas, and Cashel; for girls, Fleur, Honora, and Verena.

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Good Names with Bad, Bad Meanings

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A visitor to our forums posed this question to the Berries: Would you give your child a name, a wonderful name that you truly love, if it had a negative meaning? How meaningful is the root meaning of a name, anyway?

The name in question was Kennedy, a name that has so much going for it: illustrious relatives, a stylish surname feel, a rhythmic sound, and growing popularity.

Some websites will try to tell you that Kennedy means “royal” or “loving” but it doesn’t.  It means “misshapen head.”  And that is the problem.

Or it’s the problem when, in fourth grade, the teacher decides to have the class do oral reports on their names: Where they came from, what they mean.  And poor “misshapen head” is forced to announce her name’s unfortunate meaning in front of the whole class.

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Blond, Brunette, and Redhead Baby Names

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted a name that meant “red” or “redhead” for a couple of unrelated reasons. First, I was looking for a name that referred to my maiden name Redmond, since the baby would have my husband’s last name. And I guessed (correctly) that we might be having a little redhead, since my hair is copper-y and my mother’s was bright red.

The name we chose for our daughter was Rory, one of many excellent names that either mean red or red-haired or connote the rich, bright color.

I was thinking of my own color-based name search when I created three of the newest lists on Nameberry: names for blond babies, brunettes, and redheads. Some of the choices are pretty straightforward while others make a sideways nod to the color: Jasper, a reddish stone, for a redhead, for instance, or Sable for a child with dark hair or skin.

Some of our favorites from the three groups:

REDHEAD BABY NAMES

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Last week we brought you our hottest baby names of 2011: Those choices, from Pippa to Asher to Arlo and Adelaide, that were gaining the most views on Nameberry in the first half of this year.

Now we bring you our full list of Top Names 2011, the 100 most popular for girls and boys as well as the 25 most-searched unisex names, based on Nameberry’s figures for the first six months of the year.

Remember, these are the names that are getting looked at the most on Nameberry, not yet the names people are using the most for their babies. The Social Security Most Popular Names list comes out in May and is based on births the year before, so the most recent data is for 2010.

With our 2011 list, we’re gauging the names that are attracting the most interest right now, which we believe will translate into actual name choices over the coming years. Consider this list a predictor of future baby name trends.

Warning: These lists are really long. But we know the Berries can never get enough.

Here are the Top 100 for girls and boys and the Top 25 unisex names:

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