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Notable Namesakes for April Babes

Namesakes for April

By Meagan Burke, TulipByAnyName

April is a time for planting, planning, and spring cleaning. The second month of spring, April is budding with hope and offers a lovely bouquet of notable names to draw inspiration from. This month we’ll look at a varied array of April-related names, from a comedian to a poet to a sweet springtime flower.

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Baby Names Before 1850

vintage baby names

Records on baby names only started in the US in 1880, and so getting an accurate read on what babies were named before that has been difficult at best. But now a researcher named Douglas Galbi has compiled lists of baby names drawn from census records of the early 19th century. With the help of Esita Rocha, we combed through Galbi’s data on baby names from 1800 to 1850 in search of trends, patterns, and vintage baby names that go way beyond the expected John and Mary, Elizabeth and James. Here, our findings, illustrated by American folk art of the same period.   — Pamela Redmond Satran

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March Baby Names: Notable Namesakes

March baby names

By Meagan Burke, TulipByAnyName

The Merry Month of March welcomes warmer weather and longer days as we head into spring. March is the celebration of Women’s History Month, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Middle Name Pride Day! Let’s spring into spring with this eclectic list of notable March events and birthdays.

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centenarian baby names

By Tiana Putric

The following ten people have four things in common: all are women, all are American-born, all have uncommon appellations, and all are living super-centenarians. Super-centenarians, or Super-C’s, are very rare people: they have lived to be 110 years old or more. Meet ten women who have reached super-centenarian status:

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baby boy names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

St. Valentine’s day always brings to mind romantic baby name possibilities, but more often than not they’re of the female persuasion, usually lacy, multi-syllabic Victorian pretties like Arabella and Melissande. But hey–there are plenty of romantic names on the boys’s side as well, whether through sound, meaning, amatory reputation or literary connections. Here are some of the best.

Valentine, Valentino

A bit obvious, perhaps, but what could be more apropos than this pair? In addition to the holiday connection, Valentine is the name of a devoted friend in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona and is also a major character in Twelfth Night. Valentino, long associated with silent screen Latin lover heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, was chosen by Ricky Martin for one of his twin boys.

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