Category: names in the news

B baby names

By Abby Sandel

A is the stand-out star, the most popular first initial for girls’ names (hello, Ava and Amelia) and the second most popular for boys (I’m looking at you, Alexander and Aiden).

But what about B? Lately it’s the letter making baby name news. It’s nowhere near unseating the almighty A, but the first initial B ranked a respectable eighth for boys and ninth for girls, as of the most recent count.

Let’s take a look at some of the best of the Bs, from the classic and the understated to the bright and the bold.

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Great Late 2015 Celebrity Baby Names

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By Abby Sandel

Celebrity baby names were everywhere during the last few weeks of 2015. Saint West’s arrival dominated headlines, but plenty of other high profile families welcomed babies from Thanksgiving through the New Year.

These birth announcements came too late to be part of our story on the most influential celebrity baby names of 2015, but some of them could have an impact on what we name our children in the coming years.

As is so often the case, the names range from Top 100 favorites to up-and-coming possibilities to whoa, that’s definitely a celebrity baby name. And yet, this is one of those round-ups where every name seems ordinary, too. I wouldn’t be surprised to meet a kiddo called Lawson or Augustus or Quinn, not in Hollywood, Nashville, or here in the Washington DC ‘burbs.

Let’s take a closer look at nine of the most appealing birth announcements from late 2015.

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9 Great Sports-Inspired Baby Name Stories

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By Abby Sandel

How far would you go to show your loyalty to your team?

You’ll buy season tickets, of course. Play the team’s signature song at your wedding reception? Maybe. Name your pet after a star player? Possibly.

But give your kiddo a name that clearly honors the team?

That’s devotion.

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Long, Lovely Names for Girls

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By Abby Sandel

Earlier this week, Mike Myers and wife Kelly Tisdale welcomed a new daughter, a sister for Spike Alan and Sunday Molly. Their older kids’ names are bold, unconventional choices, but they went a different direction for their newest arrival: Paulina.

It might be a departure for the Myers family, but it’s in step with many of the names that we love for girls today. Sophia is popular the world over. Olivia and Isabella are Top Ten favorites in the US, and names like Arabella, Ariana, and Valentina are stylish, too.

Could Paulina be part of the next wave of long, lovely, romantic names for girls? And if so, what are some of the other up-and-coming names that could also catch on?

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The Names We Choose, Those We Refuse

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By Abby Sandel

Here’s something that fascinates me: the difference between the names that we truly love, but don’t use, and the names that we actually bestow upon our children.

My own shortlist tends towards the daring – Leif, March, Everild, Swan. But would any of those names make it on to my child’s birth certificate? Maybe.

Carrie Underwood recently dished about the names that she and husband Mike Fisher considered for son Isaiah, and the reasons that they rejected some of their favorites. She sounded remarkably like almost every mom I’ve ever heard explain why certain names just couldn’t be The Name for their new arrival.

This week’s baby name news was all about the names that we choose and the names that we consider before moving on.

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