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Benjamin:The new Top 10 boy name

New top name Benjamin

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There’s a new biblical boy on this year’s Top 10 list and his name is Benjamin—actually the only new boy to enter that hot spot. An Old Testament name that has had a continuous presence on the list through time, but had never before reached this level of popularity, now joins Noah and Jacob.

In 2015, more than 13,000 parents chose Benjamin for their sons. And why? First, for its combination of heritage and history—the bible story of Jacob’s youngest son, who became a symbol of a son adored by his father. Then there’s its appealing sound, with the jaunty j in the midde, plus its accessible nicknames from gentle Ben to cute Benji to retro Benny

So let’s  salute some of the many notable Benjamins across time.

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vintage baby names

Most of  the vintage names that have gained in popularity this year have obvious charms—Tobias, say, and Clementine, sweet Adeline and Matilda and spunky Mabel— names that might elicit coos from admiring older relatives. But there are others on the rise that feel more midcentury than antique, and which could completely bewilder your mother-in-law or Gran, who still associate them with their own in-laws or Grans.

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The Craziest Baby Names of 2015

craziest baby names

The newly released Social Security list of popular baby names reveals the awesome ingenuity and inventiveness of parents in 2015 when it came to spellings, plays on conventional names and sheer creativity. But there are times when creative crosses over into crazy. The 12 names below, all of them given to at least five American babies last year– earning them a place on the extended popularity list–are our picks for the craziest of the crazy new names. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Nickname Names on the Rise

Nickname names on the rise

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Our British cousins have long been nuts for nickname names, and now we’re seeing in the latest Social Security stats the increased use of vintage nicknames on their own in the US as well. No jumps for UK faves Alfie and Archie yet, but here are some others that are moving up, all of which rose at least 20 places, arranged with highest climbers first.

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Newest Baby Name Announcements

April Birth Announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Ah, my favorite time of the month, when we get to see all the wonderful names chosen by Berries IRL. And this past April was certainly no exception!

Two sets of twins this month, all girls:

Felicity Veronica Pearl and Olive Ramona Grace and

Genevieve and Madeleine

Names chosen by more than one Berry: Olive and August

Further evidence of the growing interest in ancient deity names: Juno, Osiris, Mercury, Zeus

Most unusual middle: Wildrose (her sibs’ middles are Nightingale and Mayflower)

Here’s the full list, as reported on the Birth Announcement Forum.

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