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Classic Baby Names with a Twist

What if you love classic baby names but want something more original? Or if you're looking to honor a relative but want to spin their classic name a bit differently? Without getting into too-crazy spelling variations or too-easy international forms, here some twists on classic baby names.
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  • Abilene

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    Abilene is a rarely used place name, mentioned as such in the New Testament, that combines the cowboy spunk of the Texas city with the midwestern morality of the Kansas town where Dwight D. Eisenho... Read More 

  • Adriano

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    Adriano is a dashing Italian name which gets around the possible gender confusion of Adrian. Read More 

  • Alec

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    Alec, though an old nickname for Alexander, is much fresher sounding than Alex, with the additional advantage of not being unisex--there are as many girl Alexes these days as there are boys. Alec ... Read More 

  • Alexandrine

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    Alexandra is a name with many international variations, elaborations and short forms. Alexandrine is one with royal antecedents. It does make Alexandra longer, but not really better. Read More 

  • Amalia

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    Amalia is a widely cross-cultural name, heard from Italy to Romania, Germany to Spain to Scandinavia, and recently chosen for the Dutch royal baby. It can be pronounced ah-MAH-lee-a or ah-mah-LEE-a... Read More 

  • Anja

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    Anja is one of the most exotic of several ethnic versions of Ann/Anna now being imported, also including Anya and Annika. Anja is heard in several European cultures, including Germany, Holland, a... Read More 

  • Annika

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    Annika is a surprise hit of recent years, inspired by golfer Sorenstam; for Trekkies, it was also the name of a 'Star Trek:Voyager' character. Some people's first memory of it might be as Pippi Lon... Read More 

  • Anton

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    Cultured and cultivated in an old-style, Old World way. Sometimes associated with the classic writer Anton Chekhov; and Al Pacino has a son with this name. Read More 

  • Arno

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    Subtract the last two letters of Arnold, and you're left with a much more modern-sounding name.  Read More 

  • Ashling

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