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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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  • Jennica

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  • Jessamine

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    Jessamine, a charming name occasionally heard in England, is just beginning to be appreciated in the U.S. as a possible successor to all the Jess names of the past. It's also spelled Jessamyn, as i... Read More 

  • Jolie

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    Jolie is as pretty as its literal meaning; nowadays it is also seen as a surname, via Angelina, though it was originally her middle name. Although it is French, Jolie is rarely if ever used as a ... Read More 

  • Josiah

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    Josiah -- a biblical name with lots of quaint, old-fashioned charm -- makes a much fresher sounding alternative to either Joseph or Joshua, combining the best of both. Josiah is now at Number 79. ... Read More 

  • Kalman

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  • Laurence

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    A feminine form in France, this boyish choice could make a fresh alternative to Lauren or Laura -- or be an inventive way to honor Grandpa Larry.  Read More 

  • Linden

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    Though this name of a sturdy tree that can live for centuries was quite popular for boys in the first half of the twentieth century, at this point in time we can see Linden as a fresh-sounding poss... Read More 

  • Livia

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    Though it sounds like a chopped-off variation of Olivia, the distinctively attractive Livia has been an independent name since the days of the ancient Romans, when it belonged to Livia Drusilla, th... Read More 

  • Lucia

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    A lovely name, the Latinate spelling of Lucy with operatic connections, that used to be given to babies born as daylight was breaking. A variety of references include Santa Lucia, a fourth centu... Read More 

  • Maddalena

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