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Baby Boy Names: The long and short of it

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

A friend is searching for baby boy names that start out long – three or more syllables long – and can be reduced to one-syllable nicknames.

If you’ve got a two-syllable last name, this is a good strategy. You end up with not one but two euphonic pairings.  And your child has the benefit of a proper, even imposing formal name as well as a short, friendly, accessible nickname.

Some stylish options for long baby boy names with short nicknames:

AbrahamAbe or Bram

AlexanderLex or Xan

Augustine or AugustusGus

Balthazar or Lazarus – Zar 

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Baby Men Names

photo by Georgia Brizuela

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Baby Men Names are names that sound perennially middle-aged, born wearing ties and carrying leather briefcases, buttoned-up and oh-so-adult.

These names carry several advantages: They’re rooted in tradition, of course, and so give your child a solid base for any grownup pursuit.  And since so many of them have been out of style through the past decades of hippie names and androgynous names and nature names and invented names, they feel distinctive now and even fresh.

And if they feel too forbiddingly adult to bestow on a baby, many of these names come packaged with cuter, more kid-friendly nicknames, so that Frederick can be shorted to Freddy and Philip can be called the playful Flip.

Along with stalwarts such as Edward and James and Thomas, the Baby Men names we like best today include:

Arthur – Arthur was a Top 20 name until 1926, when it began a long, steady descent, touching bottom in 2010 at Number 389 only to bounce back.  We see that new upward trajectory to continue, as Arthur has two prime advantages: It’s an ancient king’s name (and may even be a choice of Kate and Will) and it has the creative nickname Art.

August – We love all forms of this venerable name, drawn from the ancient Roman Augustus, but the simplest is also the most fashionable: August.  August also has a day name gloss and the cute nickname Augie or the more mannish Gus.

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Which boy names have been most popular on Nameberry so far this year?

The big news in baby boy names: Asher is back on top, a spot he held in our 2011 popularity list but lost to Finn in 2012.  Finn is still enormously popular with Nameberry’s parents, holding onto the Number 2 spot, though longtime favorite Henry is slipping in our rankings for 2013.

New hottie among boy names on Nameberry: Declan, in the Number 3 spot, all the way up from Number 21 for 2012.  And August, at Number 35, was not even on the 2012 Top 100.

Django holds the Number 4 spot thanks the hit movie; it’s a cool name, but we don’t expect to see many baby Djangos.

The names we see leaping the furthest up the list include: Flynn, Dashiell, August, Nico, Bodhi, Gray,  and Frederick.  We can credit the new Pope for Francis squeaking onto the list at Number 100.

Our boy names popularity rankings are based on more than 8 million views of our names pages in the first half of 2013.  The Top 100 boy names on Nameberry so far this year are:

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Boys’ Names 2013: Soft new choices

By Georgia Brizuela

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Sssssssssh, have you heard the secret?

There may be a lot of Wild and Wilder names around these days, but boys’ names in 2013 are also going in a softer direction.

The sh sound is stylish — or should that be shtylish? — for baby boys’ names, introduced by Joshua and Sean and led these days by such trendy choices as Asher and Dashiell.

Among the attractive sh names for boys are the following:

Asher — The Old Testament Asher, which means “fortunate, blessed, happy one,” was one of Jacob’s twelve sons who gave their names to the clans of Israel.  Contemporary diminutive: Ash.

Ashton –This English name meaning “ash trees place” became a mega-hit in 2004, mostly thanks to TV star/model Ashton Kutcher’s popular prank show Punk’d.

Bishop — Actress Reese Witherspoon got the ball rolling on ecclesiastical occupational names when she named her son Deacon in 2003.

Cash — A diminutive of Cassius or an economy-inspired word name, cool name Cash may also pay homage to American music legend Johnny Cash.

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Name the All-Boy Quints!

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All-boy quintuplets are very rare, so naming them is one of those name nerd fantasies that is unlikely ever to come true.

But we can dream, can’t we?

Over in our forums, there are nearly 500 pages of responses to the name game challenge to name a set of all-boy quints.

For further inspiration, here’s a list of all quintuplets born in the world, at least as of last year. An all-boy set in Pennsylvania has the excellent names of Ian, Wesley, Sawyer, Micah and Travis. Alabama‘s Guttensohn quints, pictured here, are named the compatible Hunter, Parker, Tanner, Taylor, and Mason.

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