By John Kelly

In the new year, many of us resolve to clean up our diets and shape up our bodies. To help keep you motivated or get you inspired, here are some invigorating baby names whose meanings are all about health and fitness.

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MLK Day Names: Today’s Female Activists

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past on Martin Luther King Day, we have honored some of Dr. King’s most inspiring fellow fighters in the original civil rights struggle. Today we focus on some of the impressive contemporary women who are carrying on that cause, including the three founders of Black Lives Matter and others who work through everything from politics to hip hop and rock.

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Baby Name News: Grayson, Harlow and Zel

By Clare Winslow

This week’s news includes creative honor names, storms and stars, trends from New Zealand, and a baby aardvark.

News from the Midwest: honor names and Arabic names

Looking for a way to honor someone, without using their name? Here are some real-life examples from Minnesota parents who used one name to reference another.

Young Silas Edward Theodore Hopkins has initials that spell his dad’s name, Seth. Another boy, Brendyn, was named in memory of his grandmother Brenda.

One couple chose Lennie for their daughter. They started off looking for nicknames for Eleanor, then realized the nickname was what they really loved. (This reminds me of the parents who considered Hazel and Zelda for their daughter, before paring it down to short, sweet Zel.)

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By Katinka

“We’re in the Aziz and Mindy era” — so says comedian Hari Kondabolu, discussing his recent documentary The Problem With Apu.

The hour-long special, dealing with the chronic under- and misrepresentation of South Asians in American pop culture, has generated a lot of buzz since it aired back in November. For decades, The Simpsons convenience store owner Apu (voiced by white actor Hank Azaria) was the only South Asian figure to regularly appear on mainstream American TV, setting the scene for the kind of stereotypical characterization which still persists to this day — take Raj from The Big Bang Theory, for example.

But things do seem, finally, to be looking up. In 2012, Mindy Kaling became the first person of South Asian descent to write and star in her own network TV show: The Mindy Project, which has just completed its sixth and final successful season. And the past few years have seen an increasing number of young South Asian personalities following in her footsteps to create their own shows and characters which challenge the Apu archetype.

It’s a welcome diversification of pop culture content and — from a name-lover’s perspective — a fascinating insight into a whole new world of names.

Here are some of the most recognizable monikers from this exciting new movement:

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Berry Faves of 2017 IRL

By Esmeralda Rocha

While we wait (months and months!) for the US and other countries to release their official naming statistics, we can start right here within the Nameberry family and take a look at the babies that YOU named last year!

Nameberry readers love a wider variety of names than the general population (no surprises) – so while tried-and-true traditional English names like Sally, James, Anne and Henry were all loved and chosen, we also saw some stunning off-the-grid picks such as Yves, Pomeline, Atlas, Kaveh, Bardou, Eero and Salomea.

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