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The Most Notable Names of 2013

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The most notable names of 2013—a few of which were awaited with great anticipation– are borne by prominent personages in the realms of religion, royalty, politics, the tech world, and of course, entertainment. Here are our picks for the twelve names most emblematic of 2013—along with a few others that slipstreamed in their wake.

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If you ruled your baby name world….

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Let’s imagine, for one shining moment, that your partner in baby-having says, “You pick the name, honey.  I’ll be good with whatever you choose.”

Let’s suppose that this generous-minded partner even says, “You have such awesome taste in names, you can name all our children: First name, middle name — heck, even do the last name any way you want.”

You can name the kids after your mother, if you choose, or use grandma’s maiden name, and your partner won’t even lobby to slip names from their (see how I’m avoiding saying his) side of the family into the equation.

So….what do you do?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Hot off the press–here’s our round-up of the newest babyberries who were entered on the Nameberry Birth Announcement forum in the month of November, 2013– along with some of the more illuminating comments by their parents.

No multiples this month, and no repeated names, but more than the usual quota of imaginative choices, awesome first and middle name combos, and great sibsets.

In November, a preponderance of M-starting girls and A-starting boys, and such stand-out little guys as Rowdy, Huckleberry and Job.

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Just one more baby (name)

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For this week’s Question of the Week, we’re going to ask you to imagine that you have just one more baby, and so get to choose just one more name….

Don‘t worry about having a gender preference: You’re allowed to pick whether your just-one-more is a girl or a boy.

You do have to consider the names of your existing, very real children when you choose your next baby name.  But you can go in a totally new direction or complete a compatible sibset, make up for past mistakes or finally grab that name that previously got away.

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Nominate your favorite and win!

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You may have noticed an updated and improved feature on Nameberry recently: Most name pages now include a list of other suggested names.

If you like the unusual Welsh name Cadogan, for instance, you might also like Harrington, Lanier, and Adonis (really?) for boys, and Arianwen and Delancey for girls.

Or at least, according to millions of name ratings, other people who liked Cadogan also liked Harrington and Arianwen and the others.

I’ve become, okay, kind of obsessed with these name relationships, partly because they seem uncannily accurate and partly because they can be so surprising.  Clicking through on a trail of names I like, I’ve discovered lots of new selections that I also like but may not have considered before.

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