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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Trendy baby names have been around a lot longer Miley Cyrus or any of the famous Kardashians. From the dawn of recorded U.S. baby name history — aka 1880, when the federal government began keeping records — we’ve adopted names inspired by current events and popular people and culture, only to leave them behind for a new inspiration the next year.

The inspiration for name trends a century ago may have been politicians and war heroes rather than reality stars, but the definition of trendy baby names was the same: Names that spiked in popularity thanks to an outside influence, then sank from view along with its original bearer.

An organization called Flowing Data has calculated the trendiest names in US history, a fascinating look at which names burned the brightest only to fade the fastest.

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by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names

After years of long-frilly girl names, the winds of fashion are once again shifting and one syllable names are getting recognition.

There are several lovely one syllable names with quaint femininity such as Jane, Rose, and Mae. And then there are one syllable names that are less girly, the streamlined chic names.

Here are some names that are short on frill but full of spunk.

Bex - This diminutive of Rebecca makes a sharp edgy stand alone name with the trendy X.

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By Brooke Cussans of Baby Name Pondering

It often feels like Twilight made a huge impact on the naming scene. Isabella and Jacob may have been top ten names before the first book was published, but the series possibly enabled them to hold onto their top positions longer than they may have otherwise. And while Edward seems to be the one anomaly that didn’t benefit from the resurgence in attention, the secondary characters in the series certainly did.

As soon as the final movie was released, critics started theorizing on what will be the next big sensation. And Nameberries have been wondering what might replace Twilight for naming inspiration.

One promising contender is Veronica Roth‘s Divergent trilogy. The first two books are Divergent and Insurgent, soon to be joined by the final book Allegiant later this year. Filming of the first movie also started earlier this year, starring Shailene Woodley (of George Clooney Oscar winner The Descendants) and Kate Winslet. But perhaps more importantly, it feels that in many ways the author has managed to tap into a naming style that may prove to be just as inspirational as Stephenie Meyer‘s.

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Combo Names: When 1 plus 1 equals 1

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By Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names

Reminiscent of fifties doo-wop songs and southern cotillions, combo names are finding their way back to baby name lists after a decades-long absence.

Combo names are two existing names combined to create one. They can also be called “smoosh names” or “mash-up names” or compound names. Some examples: Annalee, Marylouise, and Miabella.

Sometimes they are spelled with a hyphen (Anna-Lee) and sometimes they are spelled as one name (Annalee).

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By Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names.

Every decade or two the name landscape transforms. New names are on the way in. Old names are on the way out. But as names rise and fall, the qualities parents seek in baby names remain constant. As a result, today’s top names share subtle similarities with yesterday’s top names.

While there will always be names that are undeniably dated, and should stay in old year books, others are unfairly dated, often overlooked, typecast as names of parents or grandparents. This is unfortunate. These names, because they peaked during a certain decade, may not generate short-term excitement but, in the long-term, their timeless and sometimes modern attributes make them stand-out.

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