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The Exoticizer

Make your favorite baby names more international by exoticizing them. The examples here show how to put an exotic spin on classic baby names.
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  • Gabriella

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    Gabriella -- a strong yet graceful feminine form of Gabriel -- is on the rise, given to more than five thousand baby girls last year, with the double L spelling more popular. For more variations of... Read More 

  • Grace

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    Grace is now just outside the Top 20, but who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could ever become trendy? Because that's wha... Read More 

  • Hannah

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    Hannah is one of the nation's top biblical girl's names -- it surpassed Sarah in 1998, and is behind only Abigail and Elizabeth. Hannah is a name with many sources of appeal: Old Testament roots, ... Read More 

  • Isabel

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    The charming Isabel is hugely fashionable again, a century after its first wave of success. And it's easy to see why: it's ladylike (a la Isabel Archer in Henry James's Portrait of a Lady ) and mel... Read More 

  • Jane

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    No, we don't consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan. A very old na... Read More 

  • Julian

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    Julian is a rising star, having overcome the somewhat pale, aesthetic image it projected in the past and become a solid, handsome, recommended choice. Julian has numerous historic and cultural ref... Read More 

  • Kaylie

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    A cute nickname name that's risen high over the past decade or so, more especially as Kaylee, this name combines the attributes of Hailey and Kayla, Kylie and Callie. Read More 

  • Kerry

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    An Irish county name almost exclusively used for girls now. Kerrigan would be a more modern and masculine choice.  Read More 

  • Laurence

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    Spelling refines but doesn't update original. Great option, though, for girls.  Read More 

  • Lucy

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    In the Top 30 in England, Lucy is slowly but surely catching up here as well, because it's so attractive on so many levels: Lucy is both saucy and solid, a saint's name and heroine of several great... Read More 

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