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Name the All-Girl Quints!

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Quintuplets were in the news last week, with a new set born in Missouri and named Hayley Jane, Amy Elizabeth, Sara Mae, Alex Myron and Ryan Jacob.

Think you could do better? I bet you do!

Naming all-girl quintuplets was one of my formative name nerd fantasies, inspired by the Dionne quintuplets of Canada, the first set of surviving quints and the only set of identical quints ever to survive, according to this list of quint facts.

Their names — Annette, Cecile, Emelie, Yvonne, and Marie — seemed exotically French to me. Yet as a fledgling name nerd, I was itching to have a crack at quint-naming myself.

Lots of berries agree, as evidenced by the more than 500 pages of responses in our forums to the all-girl quintuplet name challenge.

Now let’s bring this name game to center stage. What would YOU name a set of girl quintuplets? (Don‘t worry, we’ll tackle boys’ names next week.)

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The big news in baby names this week has been the Most Popular Names 2012: Top 1, Top 10, Top 100, Top 1000.

But swimming just below the surface — not quite on the radar but not truly off, either — are dozens of more unusual baby names poised to find wider favor….or dropping from view.

Many Nameberry favorites exist in this limbo of baby names, including choices such as Aurelia and Wren for girls that missed making it into the Top 1000 by a single point.

Of course, that may bring relief rather than disappointment to many parents.  If you want to name your baby Magnolia or Clementine, Bishop or Langston — or already have — you may tremble on surveying the new Top 1000, hoping your favorites stay off the list.

We looked below the Top 1000 for girls and boys and found those names within 50 points of the cutoff that we felt were heading back into style, along with those sailing off into the sunset.

In raw numbers, 251 girls received the Number 1000 name Katalina while 197 boys were named Number 1000 boys’ name Dangelo.  The numbers after each name below represent the number of children given that name in 2012.

One note on the names we say are Heading Out: Some of these may appeal to parents in search of a name with Geek Chic or an unusual classic.  Hello, baby Ralph!  Or….dare I suggest….baby Pamela?

Here, the names just under the Top 1000 coming into style and heading out:

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The Nameberry Awards Go To…..

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We wish we’d thought of the Nameberry Awards.

But the entertaining and illuminating awards given by popular vote to the best names in a range of categories was the brainchild of Genevieve, over on the Nameberry forums.

How it worked: Berries nominated names in each category.  Then the entries were organized into polls and people voted as well as commented on their choices.  Here’s one example.

We see Nameberry favorites such as Charlotte and Genevieve, Henry and Theo showing up in the results.  But there are many surprises as well: Rowan chosen as a top unisex name for both girls and boys, for instance.  Indiana voted the top celebrity baby name for girls.

But rather than describing the results to you, we’ll just bring you the winners and runners up in all the categories.  The Nameberry Awards go to:

 

Best Top 100 Girls’ Name

1. Lucy

2. Charlotte

3. Amelia

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America’s Favorite Baby Names

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What are America‘s Favorite Baby Names?  Not the top names on the Social Security List, not even Nameberry’s own favorites, but the most well-liked names chosen by popular opinion.

Recently we collaborated with Huffington Post Parents to create a brackets challenge, asking readers to vote for America‘s Favorite Baby Name.  We picked the 16 contenders for each sex from the ranks of Nameberry favorites, pitting Henry against James, Scarlett vs. Charlotte, Hudson against River (how could we resist?).

Through a series of elimination rounds, thousands of parents voted for their favorites.  And today we have the winners!  Read on to find out which the finalists were, and the identity of America‘s favorite baby names.

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