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The Best New Baby Names

Owen Wilson and Ford

By Abby Sandel

One of the most exciting parts of the new US Top 1000 has to be the debuts and returns list.

In 2014, a name had to be given to 205 newborn boys to make the Top 1000. On the girls’ side, it took 262 newborns to earn a place.

44 names for girls and 34 names for boys appear in 2014’s Top 1000 list that did not rank in 2013. Plenty of classic names made a comeback, but here are a dozen of the most interesting modern choices.

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Baby Names 2012: The Best of the New


By Linda Rosenkrantz

Every year, a small number of new names manages to move onto the Top 1000 list for the first time ever.  Sometimes this marks the beginning of a climb up the ladder, other times it’s a name that will linger in the nether regions, and sometimes it might prove to be a one-shot wonder—perhaps an eccentric spelling picked up by just enough parents  to make the grade.

In 2011, for instance, we saw the debuts of such nouveau names as Elliot for girls, Aviana, Blakely, Juniper, Liv, and Temperance; Bowen, Brecken, Flynn, the musical Crosby and Hendrix, the presidential Nixon and the Ivy League Princeton.

But how about the recently released list?  Of the forty-five possibilities, here are the Nameberry Picks for the twelve most promising newbies of 2012.


AzaleaThough there were fewer than three hundred baby girls given this name in 2012, it has now definitely crossed over from the wilder fringes into the main flower garden.  Azalea embodies a delightful combination of the fragrant floral with a shot of z-infused energy.

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