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Word names -- basically, words used as names -- are a growing class as parents rush to find truly unique baby names for their children. While you'll find word names among nature names and day names and occupational names and color names, we gather some of the most intriguing here.
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  • Chance

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    Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream and is rising rapidly; endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and Paul Hogan.  Read More 

  • Dancer

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    A word name that's appealing when applied to a person boogying or doing ballet; a different story in the context of Santa's reindeer.  Read More 

  • Ever

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    Ever is a name we first heard via the now grown-up Ever Carradine, daughter of Robert. It's a truly unusual and simple name with an evocative meaning. Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson chose it for ... Read More 

  • Free

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    In the 1970s, actors Barbara Hershey and David Carradine gave this name to their son...who later changed it to Tom.  Read More 

  • Halcyon

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    This highly unusual name -- the Halycyone was a mythic bird who could calm the seas -- conjures up images of utter peace and tranquility because of the phrase "Halycon days"...and the sleeping pill.  Read More 

  • Holiday

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    Free and fun name if you don't want to be pinned down to Noelle, Pasqua, or Valentine.  Read More 

  • Justice

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    Justice, one of the rare virtue names for boys, entered the popularity ranks in 1992, and has remained on the list ever since. Parents' search for names implying virtue has led to a mini-revival of... Read More 

  • Kismet

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    The next Destiny? Kismet seems like it might be fated for increased use.  Read More 

  • Lark

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    Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830's, it has never appeared on the Social Security list. ... Read More 

  • Love

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    Love is best left as a middle name, as in Jennifer Love Hewitt. Love alternatives that carry a similar romantic sentiment, and may work better as first names, include Juliet and Valentina. Read More 

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