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Influential Baby Names: Show biz ladies

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By Nancy Man, Nancy’s Baby Names

You can tell how much Americans are inspired by famous actresses by looking at the baby name charts! When a new leading lady hits the scene, it’s almost expected that her name will become an influential baby names choice for newborns – at least for a little while.

This effect is especially easy to see with actresses that have uncommon, never-charted names. When they first become celebrities, their names get a boost – often enough for those names to appear in the SSA’s baby name data for the very first time.

Here are a dozen historical actresses, most of whom caused at least one debut appearance on the charts, and the stories behind their distinctive names:

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Bewitching Halloween Names


For Halloween, what could be more bewitching than the names of witches? And the good thing is that they’re not all hideously ugly with warts and moles and hair on their chinny-chin-chins. And they’re not all totally evil either. In addition to the traditionally witchy witches, pop culture has brought us some who are nice and funny and even beautiful—think Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Novak. Here’s a mix of possible witch-inspired names for your Halloween baby.

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Halloween Names


Spooky ghosts and ghouls and goblins, witches and vampires and monsters, they all come out to haunt us on All Hallows’ Eve. But if you’re looking for Halloween names, you don’t have to go as far as Lucifer or Lestat or Morticia.


Here are a dozen Halloween names that you can actually consider using for your baby.  For more ideas, there are loads of great suggestions contributed on our forum about Halloween names–check it out!!

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