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Just one more baby (name)

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For this week’s Question of the Week, we’re going to ask you to imagine that you have just one more baby, and so get to choose just one more name….

Don‘t worry about having a gender preference: You’re allowed to pick whether your just-one-more is a girl or a boy.

You do have to consider the names of your existing, very real children when you choose your next baby name.  But you can go in a totally new direction or complete a compatible sibset, make up for past mistakes or finally grab that name that previously got away.

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Nominate your favorite and win!

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You may have noticed an updated and improved feature on Nameberry recently: Most name pages now include a list of other suggested names.

If you like the unusual Welsh name Cadogan, for instance, you might also like Harrington, Lanier, and Adonis (really?) for boys, and Arianwen and Delancey for girls.

Or at least, according to millions of name ratings, other people who liked Cadogan also liked Harrington and Arianwen and the others.

I’ve become, okay, kind of obsessed with these name relationships, partly because they seem uncannily accurate and partly because they can be so surprising.  Clicking through on a trail of names I like, I’ve discovered lots of new selections that I also like but may not have considered before.

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One of our most popular blog posts ever was on 100 wonderful names given to 25 or fewer girls each year.  (We did a boys’ version too.)

But what, we wondered recently, would happen if we narrowed the parameters even more?  If we looked only at names given to ten or fewer girls in the most recent year counted?   This still includes a mind-blowing total of nearly 10,000 names, but would we be able to find 100 great ones?

The answer, we believe, is a resounding yes, and we hope the list here proves it.

If you truly want an unusual name for your baby girl, this is the list for you.  It includes underused classics such as Maude and Rowena along with international choices such as Anwen and Timea; ancient names such as Hebe and Hero; and newly-minted names like Cairo and Blue.  And each given to only ten girls or fewer in the entire United States.

Our picks for the 100 best cool unusual girls’ names, with the number of children who received it in 2012:

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Baby Girl Names: Short and sweet

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Baby girl names have been trending toward the long and elaborate for some time now, with selections like Isabella and Elizabeth, Olivia and Sophia winning out over the kind of brisk no-nonsense names — Anne, Gail, Lynn — that dominated a couple of generations ago.

But there are some popular names that are short and sweet.  I’m thinking of Emma, Ava, Mia, Ella.  And some parents are starting to feel this simple style carries a more modern brand of femininity.

You might want a short, sweet name for your daughter’s middle.  Or maybe you want a short and sweet first name to balance a longer or more complicated last name.

How short is short?  We’re going to cap it at four letters.

Our ideas for fresh baby girl names that are both short and sweet include:

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Imogen widened her lead over Charlotte as the most popular girls’ name on Nameberry for the first nine months of the year.  Imogen edged past Charlotte to claim the Number 1 spot for the first time at the 2013 half year mark, leading by fewer than 500 names out of a cumulative 50,000 page views.

But now Imogen is leading by nearly 10,000 page views of over 100,000 for the two names, leaving longtime favorite Charlotte in a distant second.  Third place Harper trails by fewer than 1000 views.

Though popular in Britain, Imogen has never made the U.S. Top 1000. In 2012, it was given to only 111 baby girls in the U.S., the same number as were named Love and Laken, though its popularity on Nameberry indicates it could squeak onto the Top 1000 for 2013 or 2014.

Nameberry measures the most-viewed names among the nearly 50,000 choices on our site.

Maisie is the name that has moved the most number of places up the girls’ chart this quarter, at 19.  Names that start with vowels continue to be strong for girls, with half of the dozen names moving fastest up our charts starting with vowels: Amelia, Evelyn, Evangeline, Ivy, Everly, and Ada.  Names making significant shifts upward are marked with an asterisk.

The Top 100 girls’ names on Nameberry so far this year are:

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