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Do you hate nicknames, or just hate the idea that someone other than you is going to decide what your child is actually called by shortening, say, Alexandra to Lexie? Then you might do well to choose among the baby names that don't have nicknames, or are too short to be abbreviated further, like the names on this list.
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  • Aaron

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    Aaron has been in and around the Top 50 for two decades, and is still an attractive, timeless, choice; the softness of Aaron's initial double vowel giving it an appealing gentleness. In the Old Te... Read More 

  • Ara

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    Simple and yet distinctive, Ara is also used for boys in the Armenian culture. Ara was one of the many vowel-heavy three-syllable names popular at the end of the nineteenth century and into the t... Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin -- a name with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the solid base of having long been an Anglo-Saxon surname and a first name since medieval times --reached the Top 10 in... Read More 

  • Ava

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    Ava was given a huge popularity boost -- Ava's currently at Number 5 -- when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters. This Glamour Girl... Read More 

  • Bailey

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    Extremely amiable, open-sounding surname that's gradually being taken over by the girls.  Read More 

  • Beau

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    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm--a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own--this... Read More 

  • Blair

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    One of the first upwardly mobile unisex names to hit the charts, Blair retains its air of slightly snobby sophistication. For girls, Blair is gaining momentum -- it was one of the 2013's fastest-ri... Read More 

  • Brady

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    The name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed "Sex and the City" is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch. Brady has been a... Read More 

  • Bree

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    A short, breezy name with a sophisticated yet upbeat image, that doesn't betray its Irish roots. Bree first came to notice here in 1971 via the complex prostitute character in the movie Klute , wh... Read More 

  • Carl

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    This no-nonsense German variation of Charles is strong and still well used, but lacks much sensitivity or subtlety; the Latin forms have far more energy.  Read More 

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