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The James Gang

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Among the classic boys’ names, James shines out as one of the most enduring, likable and versatile, still stylish after centuries of popular usage. Here are some of the many nicknames and variations of James, including his charming international counterparts.

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New Babyberry Announcements for June

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

What a bountiful crop of beautifully named new babyberries this month!

First of all, one pair of girl-boy twins:

Holiday Kathryn and Hayes Nelsonalliterative but far from matchy-matchy.

The trend for nature-referenced middle names continues, with Fern, Iris, Bee, Rose, Snow, Fox (twice) and River all on board. A preponderance of vowel-starting names for girls, but only one—Oake—among the boys. And, as always lots of inventive and appealing first and middle name combos and sibsets. As well as some great backstories.

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Cute Comeback-Kid Nicknames for Girls

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

After a brief hiatus following the Sandy-Mandy-Cindy-Mindy years, nickname names are making a strong comeback. Just recently we’ve seen starbabies with names like Andy (for a girl), Art, Cy, Gus, Josh and Sid on their birth certificates. So with this in mind, we’re embarking here on a 4-part-long search for fresh vintage nickname ideas.

Today we consider girl nicknames that were used frequently enough at one time to make it into the Top 1000 list. Some dropped off because their mother names were no longer current (Effie/Euphemia), some just because they’d come to sound too grandmotherly, and others, like Freddie, that had become strictly male.

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Father’s Day Names with Meaning

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

One subtle way to celebrate Father’s Day is to give a future Daddy’s girl or boy a name with ‘father’ in its meaning, especially if the baby is due around this time of year. These baby names stretch across many cultures, some of them with religious significance and, as you will notice, the majority starting with the letter ‘A’..

Abbaa masculine name derived from the ancient Aramaic meaning “father,” Abba has been in use since the first century. Abba Eban (born Aubrey) was a noted Israeli diplomat and scholar, onetime ambassador to the US and to the UN. The name of the 70s Swedish pop group ABBA is an acronym of the members’ names–Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid.

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Famous June Brides’ Names

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June is the month of Dads and Grads, but it’s also the month of June brides—there are statistically more weddings held in this month than in any other. And celebs have proved to have been as traditional as other couples in picking that time of year for their nuptials. Here are some of the best-named high-profile June brides, arranged chronologically.

Wallis

The June 3, 1937 wedding of King Edward VIII of England to American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson (born Bessie) was one of the most infamous of all time, causing him to abdicate his throne “for the woman I love” and become the Duke of Windsor. Wallis is an interesting, sophisticated female variation of Wallace that was used by Anthony Edwards for his daughter.

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