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Boys’ Names: Names gone wild

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Boys’ names have gone wild. You can hear a sudden growling on the popularity and starbaby lists, with sweet little babies being given such fierce animal appellations as Wolf and Puma, born-to-be-bad names like Bandit, Wilder, Maverick, Rogue and Rebel, Gunners with Colts, and others suggesting such heavy duty gear as Cannon and Diesel, as well as the names of powerful mythological gods like Thor and Ares and Mars.  There are lots of boys named Blaze, and even one starbaby called Fire.

What’s with the fashion for fierceness in boys’ names?  We see it as a wish to recapture traditional male strength and power along with an impulse to leave conventional civilization behind.  These names suggest old school bad boys in a brave new world, one in which boys still throw rocks and ride dirt bikes but also wear earrings and headbands.

Here are the fierce names we’re hearing today:

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Baby Names: A New Wave of “A” Names

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Baby names that start with the letter A have been on the rise for several years now. with choices such as Ava and Aiden high on the popularity list, Asher and Adelaide rising fast, and names such as Abel and Aurora poised to take off.

In our last blog about names that start with A, we pointed out all the reasons parents love them: Besides their high fashion status along with other vowel names, studies show that children whose first names begin with A might earn higher marks in school, get into better colleges, and even live longer.

In that 2010 post, we listed A baby names on the Most Popular list along with those that were becoming more stylish.  But the appetite for A names is so healthy that parents are searching for ever-newer and fresher varieties.  Nameberry’s behind-the-scenes popularity data shows a wave of unusual A names attracting interest from baby namers.

Hot new A names you might not have considered before include:

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Abilene

Abitha

Acadia

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Megan , who lives just outside Philadelphia, is expecting her first boy after two little girls in June. Her daughters both have family names, but now her husband, Thomas IV, would like to continue the tradition of naming the boys in his family Thomas, making their son Thomas V. Problem is, mom’s not too keen.

Can you help her find a family name everyone will agree on? Or should she give in to hubby’s desire for a V? She writes:

“We are expecting our third baby and first boy in June.  It was easy to name our daughters – Aubryn Elizabeth (age 4) was named for my maternal grandmother and Margaret Jane (nn: Maisie, age 20 months) was named for my paternal grandmother and my mother.

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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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New Baby Names: Our ten freshest

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Yesterday you told us about the new baby names you’ve heard and seen; today we bring you Nameberry’s newest baby names, those we’ve encountered over the past weeks and added to the Nameberry database.

It may seem odd to some people that after 25 years of writing about names, there are still new baby names to discover.  But as you berries know, that’s one of the best things about names: No matter how long you study them, no matter how much you read about them, there are always new ones out there.

Some of these, of course, are invented names, more and more every year as parents reach harder to come up with an appellation that’s unique….or at least yooneek.  Then there are those obscure names in the Old Testament or other ancient sources, names from around the world that haven’t migrated beyond their native shores, new first names drawn from established surnames or place-names or nature sources.

We mentioned a couple of our new baby names in yesterday’s blog and will offer others in future postings.  Here, ten more of the newest names on Nameberry and where we found them:

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