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Influential Baby Names: The Songbirds

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By Nancy Man, Nancy’s Baby Names

It’s easy to see the how a catchy, name-centric song like “Jolene” or “Hey There Delilah” might make a particular baby name trendy. But did you know that the names of singers can sometimes be just as influential as the names in lyrics?

Each of the female vocalists below popularized her unusual name enough to boost it onto the U.S. baby name charts for the very first time. 

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Debbie Reynolds Character Names

By Emily Cardoza

Within a day of losing Carrie Fisher, film audiences lost another icon – her mother, Debbie Reynolds. A talented actress and entertainer, Reynolds enchanted several generations of filmgoers, from her roles in Singin’ in the Rain to Charlotte’s Web to Halloweentown. And of course, among these roles, we have some great names to consider.

Kathy Selden
Reynolds was only nineteen when she played Kathy Selden in the classic musical, Singin’ in the Rain. The name Kathy reached its popularity peak only a few years after the film was released, rising to Number 14 in 1958. Today, long form Katherine is favored, with Katie and Kaylee among popular variants.

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Last of the 2016 Celebrity Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

It happens every year! We press publish on our Best of Celebrity Baby Names story, only to have a whole bunch of beautifully named babies arrive in December.

If we’d waited until this week to write our round-up for the year, at least a few of these might have unseated some of our 2016 favorites. Or not. It’s been a good year for baby names, names that hit the different-but-not-too-different sweet spot.

Let’s take a look at the end-of-year arrivals, and the stylish names that might prove every bit as influential as those born earlier in 2016.

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9 Girl Names Inspired by Ines

By Abby Sandel

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds waited months before sharing their daughter’s name – again! The family of four recently made their first public appearance, to celebrate dad’s new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not long after, they made the big reveal.

Her name is Ines.

No word on the back story. Firstborn James was named for Ryan’s late father, so it’s possible there’s a family connection.

Ines has plenty of cross-cultural potential. The Spanish form of Agnes works flawlessly in English, too. That brings to mind other recent Number One names, like Isabella.

Or maybe it’s the latest vintage revival. Back in 1910, Inez – the more popular spelling in the US – ranked in the Top 100.

Let’s take a look at more names that you might love if you like Ines.

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V Baby Names: Deveraux, Octavian, and more

By Abby Sandel

Mick Jagger may be a great-grandfather, but he’s also a new dad. He and ballerina Melanie Hamrick have welcomed a son. It’s her first child, his eighth. They’ve named the baby Deveraux Octavian Basil.

It’s quite the dramatic name. Octavian might honor his status as eighth child, and it can also refer to his December 8th birthday. Basil seems to come from Mick’s dad, the late BasilJoeJagger.

But how about Deveraux? The name picks up on several trends. It’s a longer surname choice, like Harrison or Sullivan. It’s got that great, upbeat ‘o’ ending, like Arlo and Leo. But most powerfully, Devereaux claims that v-in-the-middle sound, shared by chart-toppers for boys and girls alike.

Move over Oliver, Levi and Maverick; Ava, Evelyn, and Genevieve. There’s a whole new list of possible names with v somewhere in the middle. Just like baby Jagger’s name, they’re unexpected and under-the-radar – for now.

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