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Oscar-nominated names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

This year’s field of Academy Award nominees includes some really interesting names—but why should we limit ourselves just to the performers, when some of their characters’ names are just as noteworthy? Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 2016 Oscar pack, with a mix of actors and roles.

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The 10 Top Girls’ Names of All Time

Most Popular Girls' Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Since the Social Security Administration began tallying the popularity of baby names, there have been —believe it or not—only ten girls’ names that managed to hit the top spot on the list. Some stayed on for decades—predating the SSA stats– while others only held the title for a couple of years. Here are those ten most popular girls, in chronological order—four of them reaching Number 1 since the Millennium.

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Martin Luther King Day

We’re all familiar with the major figures of the Civil Rights movement–from Martin Luther King, Jr to Jesse Jackson to Rosa Parks, but our subjects here are activists who played important roles but aren’t necessarily so well remembered. And of course, since we’re all about the names, we’ve selected those who–along with Stokely Carmichael, Medgar Evers, Bayard Rustin and Thurgood Marshall–have intriguingly unusual appellations.(by Linda Rosenkrantz)

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Autherine

Autherine Juanita Lucy was the first African-American student admitted to a white school in Alabama when she entered the U. of A. in 1956, with the aid of Thurgood Marshall and others at the NAACP, enduring hostile mobs and court battles. Her name is even more unique than the usual feminization of ArthurArthurine.

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Berry Faves of 2015 IRL

Berrybaby roundup

By Linda Rosenkrantz with Esmeralda Rocha

We recently posted the list of names that our Berries were most interested in over the past year– headed by Ezra and Asher, Charlotte and Amelia—but what names did they actually choose at that crucial moment when the name had to be inscribed onto the birth certificate, when all the hypotheticals were winnowed down to one single reality?

Of course we know that only a small percentage of arrivals were actually recorded in the Birth Announcement Forum, which is our only available source—(Strong hint to those expecting new arrivals in 2016!), but still more than three hundred Berries did enter there picks. The diversity and originality of the Nameberry community is reflected in the fact that most of the names were unique choices.

Having said that, which names were the most popular?

On the girls’ side, Pearl and Rose tied for top place for those used as both first and middle names, tying at 8 each, with Pearl the leading middle. Classic William was in top place for boys in the combined categories, tying with James as favorite middle.

The most frequently used first initial vowel was E for girls and A for boys. For consonant beginnings, M girls won by a landside; for boys it was the letter C—a gendered contrast in soft and harder sounds.

And it’s interesting to note that relative newcomers Fox and Lake were each chosen as middles three times.

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December birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Here we are with the last Babyberry Report of the year!

No multiples this month, but one name was used twice: Leo. Once again, several nature/word names found in middle place—Sparrow, Iris, Rose, Linnea—as well as some interesting moms’ maiden names—Francois, Tam and Buchanan.

We’re especially happy to include the announcements of two of our own Berry Juice contributors—Dantea’s Amelia Lorien Sophia and Josh (‘beardedberry’) Murray’s Zelda Louise.

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