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Some baby names sound so intelligent, so serious, so destined for success that we can just see them on the Harvard acceptance letter. Here, examples of conservative cool baby names.
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  • Alcott

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    Alcott evokes shades of nineteenth-century New England, and memories of the author of the books Little Women and Little Men . Louisa May Alcott was the daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott, noted educat... Read More 

  • Anderson

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    Anderson has been shooting up in popularity, no doubt in large part due to the prominence of white-haired cable newsman Anderson Cooper, son of Gloria Vanderbilt. Perhaps surprisingly though, Ande... Read More 

  • Anna

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    Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple years. Anna offers a touch of the exotic and a bit more style th... Read More 

  • Arthur

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    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents. In addition to its leading role in the A... Read More 

  • Beatrice

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    Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as ... Read More 

  • Caroline

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    Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. It is now at Number 63--roughly the same position it held in 1885, and up from last year. Caroline has an elegant patina, calling to mind... Read More 

  • Carter

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    Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but only in the past two years has it broken into the Top 40, leaving the other upscale occupational surname names behind. Having hot characters nam... Read More 

  • Claire

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    Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical dept... Read More 

  • Constance

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    Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue baby names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival has been the decidedly dated nickname Connie, though modern ... Read More 

  • Edward

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    Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard is now benefiting from the popularity of the hot hero of the vampir... Read More 

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