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Names on the verge of extinction

these names extinct?

By Pamela Redmond Satran & Linda Rosenkrantz

Gary was widely trumpeted this week as being a name on the brink of extinction, but with 442 baby boys named Gary in the US in the most recent year counted, the reality is: Far from it.

But there are other names, once popular, with centuries-deep roots, that truly are about to become extinct.  These 15 names were given to only five babies each in 2013, the lowest number counted by the Social Security Administration.  Once usage dips below that, they become the dodo birds of baby names.

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Rowan memorial

By Sarah Linke Mezzini

In tribute to the much respected, admired and missed ‘Rowangreeneyes,’ her friend and fellow Berry offers this summing up of Blaire Emerson‘s fascination with and unique taste in names.

Blaire Irwin Emerson, better known here as Rowangreeneyes, joined Nameberry not long after the birth of her daughter, Rowan Jane, in 2011. As a self-confessed name nerd, she was keen on finding names for her future second child. She loved many different types of names, particularly boys’ names on girls, which she became famous for within the Nameberry community. Her other loves included international names (particularly Welsh), nature names, Southern names and word names. At the time of her passing, she was 35 weeks pregnant with her second child. In remembrance of Blaire, here are some of her favourites.

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What Nameberry names pop for you?

wow baby names

There’s a thread on our forums, started by steampunkleo, under the heading ‘Names on Nameberry that make you go WOW!’ which we thought deserved to be served out to a wider audience.

So, is there a single name that maybe you had never heard before, which just jumped off the site for you and even made it onto your own personal list or signature?

Or a stunning twin or other sibset that absolutely knocked you out?

Or a magical first and middle combo that you hadn’t ever thought of putting together but which works perfectly for you?

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The Baby Name Class of 1915

vintage baby names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

At the start of 2015, it’s interesting to look back a hundred years to see what was happening in the world of baby names.

The Baby Name Class of 1915 included several choices that are once again stylish: Evelyn, Alice, Florence, Lillian, and Rose for girls; William, James, Walter, Henry, and Harry for boys.

Other names in the 1915 Top 20 are starting to be rediscovered, notably Frances and Louise for girls, Raymond and Arthur for boys.

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What name do you only pretend to like?

bad baby names

True confession time: What name do you, did you, have you only pretended to like?

Maybe it was the name chosen by a family member or friend.

Or the name selected by a neighbor or someone you met online.

Or you might pretend to like a name that everybody else seems to like….except you really don’t.

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