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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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  • Marc

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    Designer (as in Marc Jacobs) form of Mark. Marc continues in fall out of fashion as a boys' name.  Read More 

  • Matthew

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    Matthew was the third most popular boys' name in America throughout the 1980s and 90s, and is still Number 12 (there were almost fourteen thousand baby Matts last year). The New Testament Matthew ... Read More 

  • Michael

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    Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down to eighth place, still translating to about an annual 16,000 babies. How has Michael ra... Read More 

  • Nicholas

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    Nicholas, though it has lost some ground (it was in the Top 10 from 1993 to 2002), is still a popular classic that would make an attractive, solid choice. A Greek name stemming from Nike, the godde... Read More 

  • Nina

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    Nina is as multiethnic as you can get: Nina is a young girl in Spain, a common nickname name in Russia, a Babylonian goddess of the oceans, and an Incan goddess of fire. Here and now, it's a stylis... Read More 

  • Paul

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    Paul is an ancient name -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity. Paul also boasts a wide range of name-... Read More 

  • Peter

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    A classic New Testament name, Peter's popularity has been sliding since the 1950s, which makes it a good choice if you're seeking a less-used classic with many nice childhood associations, like Pet... Read More 

  • Philippa

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    Philippa is a prime example of a boy's name adapted for girls that was common as crumpets in Cornwall, but rarely heard stateside, never having appeared in the Top 1000. That was before the advent... Read More 

  • Roland

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    Roland is a chivalrous old name more widely heard in the U. S. now in its Spanish form, Rolando. You might want to consider rollicking short form Rollo, either on its own or as an abbreviation of ... Read More 

  • Sara

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    Sara, the streamlined form of Sarah, makes this ancient name feel more modern, but perhaps a bit lighter weight. Some Old Testament sources give Sara as a variation of Sarai, the Biblical personag... Read More 

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