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Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain focuses this week on some bold and daringly unusual girls’ names that made baby name news.

Some weeks I’m astonished by the range of names we can choose for girls.

We love our children regardless of gender, but when it comes to talking baby names, many of us seem to be on Team Pink.  The statistics bear this out: almost 79% of boys born in the US in 2011 received a Top 1000 name, while the same is true for just 67% of girls.

2012 social media babies Like and Facebook were both girls, and rumored baby Hashtag is also supposed to be a she.  Meanwhile, former #1 name Mary has plummeted to #112, while her male counterpart, John, remains a relatively common #27.

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After decades of classic Thomases and Timothys, Richards and Roberts, nothing sounded cooler in the sixties and seventies than a sleek, new, single-syllable name.  I’m not talking about those that were just short-form nicknames like Josh and Jeff and Brad and Greg, or the inauthentic Hollywood-invented names like Rock or Tab.

No, these were legit, independent names– a number of which happened to be Scottish by birth. They were for the most part sharp and brisk, often with hard-edged ‘k’ or ‘t’ endings, and some bore strong family resemblances to each other.  We’ve called a segment of them Beach Boy Names—the personification of surfer machismo.

Some of these names are still in use; but we’re wondering today if any of them are ready for a really strong comeback .

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