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1980s baby names

By Abby Sandel

What defines the 1980s?

There’s breakdancing and the Rubik’s Cube, legwarmers and Pac-Man, Prince William instead of Prince George. But how about the names?

Thirty years ago, the most popular baby names for boys included Jason and Joshua, Michael and Christopher, Andrew and Ryan – the dad names of 2015.

But rewind that VCR in your head to the names of movie characters, popular singers and actors, and more. A surprising number of those names have become among the most stylish choices for boys born today.

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short celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel

Looking at this week’s baby names in the news, you might think that parents are all about short names. We’ve heard high profile birth announcements for Edie and Della, Iyla and Poppy – no formal names required.

But it’s not that simple. Sure, Ava and Mia are in the current girls’ US Top 10. But so are Olivia and Isabella. Cheerful nickname Liam is the Number 2 name for boys, but classic William isn’t far behind.

For nearly every short name that’s trending upwards, there’s a longer possibility that’s also on the rise.

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March babyberries

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Some wonderful choices this month, including interesting first and middle combos, and some great sibsets (I think may favorite has to be Lilith, joining the imaginative Kodiak, Lace, Willow and Jude.)

Two pretty incredible late-listed pairs of twins, one for each gender:

Elowen Iris & Tallulah Dove

Camus Rafael & Kipling Angelo

Also of special interest is the fact of two Ezras on the list. This biblical boy name is getting a lot of buzz—it jumped 40+ places this year to its highest point ever, Number 143. And several girls with middle names from nature–Iris, Violet, Dove, Ivy, Pearl and Rose.

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baby birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The first month of the new year brought a bountiful crop of beautifully named berry babies. There was one set of twins, the saucy Kitty Rebekah and Sadie Heather. Also, among the girls:

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December babies

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Congratulations and welcome to all the beautifully named babyberries born in December, and thanks to their parents for posting and sharing their name stories.

More boys than girls this month and just one set of multiples, who carry on the family tradition of double first names (two of the more unusual names reported):

Penny-Lane Brenda and Priscilla-Lorraine Joy

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