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100 great names

By Abby Sandel

Earlier this month, we shared our list of the Best Baby Names Right Now. We declared them the right mix of authentic and creativie, perfect for 2016, and wearable into the 22nd century, too.

It was so much fun to hear your reactions. Perhaps the most controversial name? John, dismissed as boring and obvious after so many years of popularity.

We also asked you to add one more name to our list. Berries never disappoint! Your suggestions ranged from the head-smacking “Why didn’t that one make the cut?” to a few that we’re watching for 2017.

Seventeen of the names received multiple mentions, so let’s start with those:

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When Name Hate Turns to Love

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I used to hate the name Raymond.

Hate, as in hate hate hate.  Maybe it was that creepy kid Raymond from 8th grade.  Maybe it was….oh, who knows.

The point is, if I’d made a list of all 50,000 names on Nameberry in order of how much I liked them, Raymond, would have been down there at number 49,999.

And then, something happened, something equally mysterious.  I began to like Raymond.  Then even to love it.

The nickname Ray is so cute!  Raymond itself classic and distinguished, yet not overused!

I can think of other names for which my former dislike turned somehow to love — Vincent and Leonie, for example — but I’m more interested in knowing which names you once hated that you now love.

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