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Brave New Baby Names: Ace, Atlas & Brax

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By Abby Sandel

The year has started with a bang! The birth announcements have been full of rare word names and surprising choices. We’ve seen lots of brisk names short on sounds, but long on style, too.

Give it a few weeks – or days – and doubtless we’ll see more traditional names in the mix. Celebrities will call their kiddos Vladimir and Isabetta, and a new fictional character or three will come along with a four-syllable name that seems like the next big thing.

But for the moment, it’s easy to believe that parents are naming for a new world, putting tradition in the past to embrace modern names with relatively limited histories of use.

Let’s take a look at the distinctively 2016 baby names making headlines over the past week.

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Braggadocio Boy Baby Names

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by Abby Sandel

We all expect our children to do great things, but lately we’re hearing more names for boys that aren’t just bold – they’re downright brash.

The two youngest members of the Kardashian family are the standard bearers for this trend: Kourtney’s Reign, who celebrates his first birthday today, and Kim’s new son Saint.

What’s it like to grow up with a name that swaggers? In many ways, the trend is too new to know. But while the names may be novel, it’s by no means exclusive to celebrities. Reign and Saint will share the playground with plenty of little boys with big names.

In 2013, a Tennessee judge made waves when she changed a boy’s name from Messiah to Martin. Why? Because there’s only one Messiah, she explained. Except the judge was wrong. Nearly one thousand boys were given the name in 2013, and even more in the following year. And that little boy in Tennessee? The judge’s decision was overturned, and Messiah got to keep his name.

Let’s take a look at nine braggadocio names for boys that are catching on fast in the US.

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The Names We Choose, Those We Refuse

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By Abby Sandel

Here’s something that fascinates me: the difference between the names that we truly love, but don’t use, and the names that we actually bestow upon our children.

My own shortlist tends towards the daring – Leif, March, Everild, Swan. But would any of those names make it on to my child’s birth certificate? Maybe.

Carrie Underwood recently dished about the names that she and husband Mike Fisher considered for son Isaiah, and the reasons that they rejected some of their favorites. She sounded remarkably like almost every mom I’ve ever heard explain why certain names just couldn’t be The Name for their new arrival.

This week’s baby name news was all about the names that we choose and the names that we consider before moving on.

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A Week of Wild Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

Just last week, we were enjoying a mini-revival in classic baby names. There was the nicely-named – and beautifully alliterative! – Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch, a Mary Cecilia called Mamie, and lots of kids named Lucy and Oliver.

Then along came this week, and it’s a very different story. The names are bold, surprising, and in many cases, absolutely new.

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By Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain–The Nameberry 9

It has been another week filled with bold, even brash names for newborn boys.  Girls’ names are no less daring, with inspiration coming from the worlds of opera and automobiles.

None of the boys’ choices would have been recognizable as given names two hundred or even fifty years ago.  The girls’ names have more history, but they still feel fresh and surprising in 2013.

With all of these headline-grabbing given names, does it make it harder or easier to name a child of your own?

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