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Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.
  • Killian

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    Killian--aka Cillian--is a spirited yet resonant Gaelic surname that was borne by several Irish saints and could make a distinctive replacement for the feminized Kelly. Possible downsides: an... Read More 

  • O'Brien

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    The use of O-prefixes could create the next wave of Irish-inflected names, offering an innovative way of honoring a relative with the old-fashioned moniker Brian. On Downton... Read More 

  • Redmond

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    We love this partly for purely personal reasons, since it is one of our surnames. We used it as the middle name of a son -- and it can make a good first choice too.

    Redmond--aka... Read More 

  • Riley

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    Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 50. Still, there are lots of athetes and other notable real-life namesakes for... Read More 

  • Ryan

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    Ryan has been one of the most popular Irish names in America for decades; it had been in the Top 20 since 1976, and still stands at Number 37, even though parents now have such a wide choice of... Read More 

  • Sullivan

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    Sullivan is a jaunty Celtic three-syllable name, with a real twinkle in its eye. It was immortalized in the 1930s classic film Sullivan's Travels and was chosen for one of Patrick... Read More 

  • Tierney

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    Tierney is a Celtic surname with a definite Irish twinkle, a name just waiting to be discovered. Though now sometimes used for girls (in the US, not Ireland), as in jazz singer Tierney Sutton, it... Read More 

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