Category: favorite baby names

Favorite Baby Names 2015

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By Abby Sandel

Most Mondays, I write about nine baby names in the news. Over 51 weeks, that’s a grand total of 459 names. Celebrity birth announcements make up the lion’s share of entries, but blogger babies, fictional characters, and just plain great names make the lists, too.

It’s a privilege to chronicle the year this way, and it’s fun to look back at the names that get positive reactions – and the ones that provoke the opposite response, too.

This year, I went back through all 459 names – plus dozens from other posts I’ve written – to choose nine of my personal favorites. Some are possibilities I’d consider for a child of my own. Most are names that have stayed with me over the years, the kind of favorites that every name lover collects, but some are brand new, too.

Here are my nine top baby names from 2015:

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9 Names I Can’t Stop Recommending

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By Abby Sandel

Are there baby names that you suggest to every expectant friend? Maybe they’re names that you can’t use for one reason or another. Or maybe they’re names you might consider for a future child – assuming your friends don’t follow your suggestions first.

In the Nameberry forums and blog posts, we all get to share those names. Can berries influence the popularity charts? As I watch names like Maisie and Emmeline re-enter the US Top 1000, I think that maybe all of those conversations make a difference.

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What Nameberry names pop for you?

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There’s a thread on our forums, started by steampunkleo, under the heading ‘Names on Nameberry that make you go WOW!’ which we thought deserved to be served out to a wider audience.

So, is there a single name that maybe you had never heard before, which just jumped off the site for you and even made it onto your own personal list or signature?

Or a stunning twin or other sibset that absolutely knocked you out?

Or a magical first and middle combo that you hadn’t ever thought of putting together but which works perfectly for you?

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What name do you only pretend to like?

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True confession time: What name do you, did you, have you only pretended to like?

Maybe it was the name chosen by a family member or friend.

Or the name selected by a neighbor or someone you met online.

Or you might pretend to like a name that everybody else seems to like….except you really don’t.

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What’s Your Hero Name Crush?

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Hero names (and we include heroine names in that category) have been on the rise in recent years, with choices such as Harper and Hadley, Lincoln and Edison leaping up the popularity lists.

Hero names can take the form of a last name, as in Landry, surname of Dallas Cowboys coach Tom, used for both genders.  Hero names may also be distinctive first names such as Anais or Elvis that directly reference their more famous bearer.  Or they can be more ordinary names such as Georgia or Miles that provide a more subtle nod to the original.

What hero names are you crushing on right now?  Are you attracted to the hero first, the name first, or do you have to love both in equal measure?

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