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Braggadocio Boy Baby Names

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by Abby Sandel

We all expect our children to do great things, but lately we’re hearing more names for boys that aren’t just bold – they’re downright brash.

The two youngest members of the Kardashian family are the standard bearers for this trend: Kourtney’s Reign, who celebrates his first birthday today, and Kim’s new son Saint.

What’s it like to grow up with a name that swaggers? In many ways, the trend is too new to know. But while the names may be novel, it’s by no means exclusive to celebrities. Reign and Saint will share the playground with plenty of little boys with big names.

In 2013, a Tennessee judge made waves when she changed a boy’s name from Messiah to Martin. Why? Because there’s only one Messiah, she explained. Except the judge was wrong. Nearly one thousand boys were given the name in 2013, and even more in the following year. And that little boy in Tennessee? The judge’s decision was overturned, and Messiah got to keep his name.

Let’s take a look at nine braggadocio names for boys that are catching on fast in the US.

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The Frightening New Wave of Baby Names

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It’s a tough world out there, and the new cadre of aggressive, sometimes violent baby names paint a grim picture of parents’ outlook for the future. Baby names inspired by guns and other weapons, by violent behavior, and by historical and mythical warriors are all on the rise – for girls as well as boys. Here, a look at the new frightening names and the numbers that demonstrate their power.  — by Pamela Redmond Satran with research by Esmeralda Rocha

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Boys’ Baby Names: 9 Ways to Name a Son

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Naming a boy has always been a little bit different.

It isn’t harder, necessarily.  For some parents, settling on a son’s name is a picnic compared to naming a daughter.

But there are definitely some differences in the way we think about boys’ names.

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cowboy baby names

There’s just something about a cowboy name. So lean and lanky, with a relaxed, ambling swagger that calls up the (perhaps romanticized) romance of the Old West. From real life frontier heroes to the characters and stars of early movie westerns and 1950s TV shows, these names project a nostalgic image that’s pretty dang irresistible.

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Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks at some of the new baby names to make the headlines this week–with several surprises.

Being a name nerd used to be hard work.

Do you remember paging through lists of Olympic medalists in the paper, gazing at name plaques in art museums, seeking out family trees in history books at the library?  Did you know exactly which days the local paper ran birth announcements?

Then you must be a thirty-something or better name nerd.

I borrowed my mother’s only baby name book and kept it on my bookshelf, between Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew.  I read it obsessively, even the small print listing nicknames and foreign variants.  That long lost book is where I fell in love with Libby and Nan, Katrinka and Alexei.

So many stories about twenty-first century baby naming trends are dismissive.  They claim parents are trying too hard for their children to stand out and be unique.

Maybe that happens some of the time, but to me it seems straightforward.

With access to all of these fabulous names, why wouldn’t we consider a wider range of possibilities?

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