Category: best baby names

The 100 Best Baby Names Right Now

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The 100 best movies, restaurants, novels, jobs, apps – the world is full of lists cataloging the premiere picks of all kinds of things. So why not, we thought, baby names?

The question we asked ourselves: If an expectant parent today were limited to only 100 choices from which to name their child, what should those names be? Which names offer the best balance of appeal and distinctiveness, of authenticity and creativity, at this moment in time? Which names sound both adorable for a 2016 baby and seem most likely to serve her or him well into the 22nd century?

Are there other wonderful baby names out there? Of course, thousands of them. But if we can only have 100, these are our picks for the very best, and why they made the cut:

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The Best Names in Your Family Tree

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Let’s face it: We all have embarrassing names in our family trees. Great Aunt Hortense and Uncle Myron, Grandma Gladys and Dad Brad. They’re the family names we hope we won’t be expected to pass down to our children.

But hey, today we’re here to celebrate the wonderful names, and we all have those too. Searching through the family archives, you discover that your great-great-grandmother was named Marguerite or Flora, or that you have a handsome Henry or Nathaniel among your forebears. Or it might be a surname or a middle name you discover that’s worth polishing up and passing down: Callahan or Keene or Caruso.

So what’s the best name or names in your family tree? The names you’re actually excited about passing on to a child? And who and where did they come from?

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12 Awesome Off-the-Grid Baby Names


By Pamela Redmond Satran

Looking for truly unusual and distinctive baby names?  Then we have an amazing collection for you: thousands of names never in the US Top 1000 collected in the very first Nameberry book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names.  Here is a sampling of a dozen of those wonderful names; for thousands more, download your copy of the book today!  

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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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What’s your favorite of all names?


The Question of the Week:

Is there one name about which you can loudly proclaim: I love this name, always have and always will?

… a name that you’ve been crazy about forever –maybe starting  when you scribbled it in the margins of your school notebook—and are certain that you’ll continue to feel that way about, no matter whether it’s in or out, up or down, or whatever.

What exactly is there about it that appeals to you so much?  What qualities have made it your enduring favorite over time?

Did your infatuation start with an association to someone you know?

Have you/would you use it for your child?


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