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Vintage Baby Names: Lost Boys of 1916

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By Abby Sandel

In April, we looked at the vintage girl names of 1916, rarities still lingering in the attic. Now it’s time for vintage boy names from 1916! These choices weren’t chart-toppers one hundred years ago, but they were in the Top 1000, and in steady, regular use. Today, they feel surprisingly fresh, even modern. If you’re looking for a rare name with a history of use, these names could be the perfect pick for a son.

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17 Medieval Hipster Names

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By Arika Okrent

Looking for a unique name with some historical cachet? The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources is the place to go. It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”

The dictionary so far has over 1000 names, documented with citations and etymologies. They are constantly adding to the collection, planned in two phases, first looking at Western Europe and Hungary and then Eastern Europe. They also maintain an active blog with interesting facts about medieval naming practices and a “Mystery Monday” feature, covering documented names that have uncertain etymologies.

Here are 17 medieval names that would make great hipster baby names today.

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12 Great Revolutionary Hero Names

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As we celebrate Independence Day, a time not only of barbecues and burgers, flag-waving and fireworks, but also an occasion to look back at the history of the event and some of the (more interestingly named) heroes in the struggle of the US to gain independence from the mother country. So here, with apologies to our loyal Britberries, a dozen of the best Revolutionary names.

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Women Presidential Candidates

By Tiana Putric

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton has made U.S. history by becoming America’s first female presidential candidate to gain enough delegates to win the nomination of a major U.S. political party.

But Secretary Clinton certainly wasn’t the first woman to make a run for the White House. Dozens of women prior to Clinton have run for the U.S. Presidency, mostly not serious contenders but rather working to break barriers for women, seeking the public platform to advance themselves, their ideas and their beliefs.

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12 Groovy 70s Names

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No, I’m not suggesting that the world needs another massive influx of Jennifers—the #1 girls’ name all through the 70s. Or the then- popular Mandy, Mindy, Cindy sorority names either. But there are a number of names in this sometimes demeaned decade that have been in limbo long enough, and are definitely worthy of a fresh look. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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