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Shades of Purple Baby Names

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Of all the colors on the artist’s palette, I can’t think of one that holds more captivating baby name possibilities than the royal color purple. From the soft lavender and lilac hues to the vivid magenta and fuchsia, baby namers are suddenly showing a real passion for the various shades of purple. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Here’s the beautiful thing about baby names: the well never runs dry.

No matter how many names cycle through Top Ten lists, no matter how many celebrities choose truly outlandish names for their children, there are always more names. Neglected gems from years gone by, novel words never before considered names, imports from abroad.

Need proof? Look no further than the overwhelming response to last week’s Invent a Name Challenge.

Or just read the baby name blogs, high profile birth announcements, and Nameberry message boards any day of the week. Plenty of parents, from Hollywood A-listers to the family next door, are choosing inventive, daring names for their children. The boldest might surprise us with their first name choices, while others play it safe with firsts but choose sparky, unexpected middles.

There are no guarantees, of course. An obscurity you choose in 2015 could hover just outside the US Top 100 by the time your kiddo heads off to kindergarten. But that just opens the door for another group of parents to innovate with the names of their children.

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It’s been a while now since automatic go-to single-syllable middle names like Ann and Lee and Lynn and Beth were found on the majority of girls’ birth certificates, only to be followed by the suddenly and almost equally ubiquitous Rose and Grace. But now we’ve entered a new era of greater diversity—with forgotten favorites and fresh new, more individualistic, choices abounding. Here are some of the coolest, including a few drawn from nature.

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks at the baby names in the news and finds that many of them are living examples of our last week’s projections.

We know that Sophia and Ava, Jacob and Mason will probably stay in the US Top Ten for another few years.  But like many a name nerd, I’m fascinated by what’s next.  Will there really be more babies called Viggo, Juniper, January, and Walker?  We can only hope.

There won’t be many, of course.  Even amongst the name obsessed, a relatively small percentage of us dare to use a truly cutting edge name.  Sometimes we have a partner in naming whose tastes are more conservative.  Besides, our shortlists often range from William to Wilder, and there’s quite a bit of pressure to go with the equally stylish but more common of the two.

Of course, Isabella was once dismissed as too flowery and Aiden and Jayden as too weird.  Should Leo crack the Top Ten and Camden creep into the 25 most popular, many will embrace them as normal names and raise an eyebrow at whatever comes next.

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The most stylish palette for clothes this season may be orange, lemon, lime and other neon-bright colors, but baby namers are showing a real passion for purple, loving names from pale Lavender and Violet to deeper purpley shades. Purple itself has many associations– with royalty and nobility—as well as haze, rain, overwritten prose, an Alice Walker novel and screen version, as well as purple people eaters.

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