By Linda Rosenkrantz

Ever since the time that William and Fanny Nightingale decided to name their baby daughter Florence after the city of her birth, parents have warmed to the idea of choosing pretty names of pretty places, particularly if they have some particular significance for them. In the recent past we’ve seen the popularity of Paris and London, Brooklyn and Trenton, Boston, Austin and Aspen, Savannah and Siena/Sienna. But here are 12 lovely choices from the continent of Europe that you probably have not considered.

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Trendy Celebrity Baby Names

By Clare Bristow

We all love raising our eyebrows at “crazy” celebrity baby names, but for every one-of-a-kind starbaby name (looking at you, Rumi and Sir), there are dozens of mainstream ones that sit quietly in the background (hello, Ella and Alexander).

Lately, several celebrities have picked girls’ names that are somewhere between crazy and boring – in fact, they’re right on trend. It makes total sense that people in the showbiz and music worlds, who have their finger on the pulse of what’s hot in pop culture, would choose stylish names.

These girls’ names are different in style and popularity, but they’re all on the rise. Use one now, and you’ll fit in with the trends or even be ahead of them.

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Honoring a Rainbow Baby

In case you’re not familiar with the term, a rainbow baby is one born soon after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage or stillbirth, the word used because a rainbow typically follows a storm, indicating optimism and hope.

By Melissa Willets

Since suffering a recent pregnancy loss, my family has done everything we can to honor the baby we so desperately wanted. From planting a tree, to naming a star after her, to creating angel baby necklaces, even in the midst of our grief, we find deep comfort by channeling our myriad of painful feelings in positive ways.

We hope to conceive again soon, which I have come to believe is the greatest opportunity to honor our beloved baby. For she would be gifting us with a life we would never have known, had we not been forced to say goodbye to her far too soon.

Weve started to think about how to use the name we picked for our angel as inspiration for a rainbow baby name. Of course, wed never reuse her exact name; I think I speak for all parents who have experienced loss that this feels beyond wrong.

Instead, we are considering these ideas:

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The first clue about the names of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s twins came in the form of an unusual document: A trademark application for the newborns’ names. Less than two weeks after giving birth, the couple filed the application to use the names Rumi and Sir on, as People put it, “everything from fragrances and cosmetics to baby gear, tote bags and water bottles.”

While few non-celebrity parents are likely to follow suit, the Carters’ trademark application does raise an interesting question.  In a world where over 350,000 babies are born every day, does it make sense for parents to claim the territory tied to their newborns’ names?

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30 Great Names You’re Not Using!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Let’s say your name is Jen or Mike and you grew up not so happily sharing your name with all the countless other Jennifers and Michaels in your world. So why would it be surprising for you to want to save your child from sharing a similar fate– maybe going so far as to avoid any name that appears in the Top 1000, even if it’s at Number 990.

Well, then this is the blog for you. I’ve found a surprising number of great names that were given to only ten (10!) babies across the whole of United States in 2016, so the chances of yours having to share one of these is infinitesimal.

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