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A Century of Back-to-School Names

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As a new school year gets underway, we survey a century of names emblematic of each decade. The path from Old School John and Mary to today’s Anakin and Zendaya has not been a straight or direct one, but it’s certainly been educational. — by Abby Sandel and Pamela Redmond Satran

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How Popular Is Too Popular?

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We spied this question in the forums and thought it was so good we’d ask the Nameberry community at large:

How popular is a name before it gets too popular for you?

Would you avoid the Top 10? The Top 100? The Top 1000?

Or maybe you’d happily choose the Number 1 name if you loved it enough. Or only want names that nobody else, literally, is using.

When it comes to baby names, how popular is too popular for you?

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Thinking Outside the Popularity Box

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By Jackie at Namesplash

Have you ever been frustrated to find that a name you’ve loved for years is actually more popular than you thought?

When I was ten or so, I remember thinking the names Piper and Cooper were adorable and unique. While my personal tastes have changed quite bit in the last fifteen years, I still tend to steer clear of names I deem “too popular.” Both of my “unique” choices are now in the SSA Top 100, and I can only watch helplessly as many of the baby names I’ve loved for years trend tragically upwards.

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Baby Names From Ordinary to Out-There

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By Abby Sandel

Everybody loves Emma. It’s tops in the US, huge in France, big in Italy and Ireland, loved by the Dutch, and a favorite in Spain and Scandinavia, too. This week, we learned that Emma is Number 1 in Switzerland, favored by parents who speak Italian, French, and German.

At the same time, plenty of parents are working to choose a name that’s less popular. Some avoid the Top Ten, but stick with Top 100 choices like Piper or Stella. Others worry that Esme and Magnolia are too popular now that they’ve cracked the Top 1000.

Many of the baby names in the news this week are rare – in some cases, nearly one-of-one choices.

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Classic Baby Names Reborn

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Every year, new baby names vault onto the US Top 1000, some of them (hello, Zendaya!) for the very first time and others making a return appearance.

But what about those names that have been off the list for a decade or longer — sometimes more than half a century! — and are now making a comeback?

There were only 13 such reborn names on the Top 1000 for 2014.  It may be questionable to call some of them classics as they only entered widespread use in the 1970s or 80s.  But many of these names were hugely popular 100 or more years ago and are true classic names once again spreading their wings.

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