By Sophie Kihm

Names with personal significance are always special, and this month’s batch of celebrities loves a good honor name. All of John Carter Cash‘s children have names from his side of the family, and Daphne Oz has a son who’s a junior (which seems rarer nowadays, especially with celebrities).

There are some stars who are having their first child that I would love to see use a name with personal significance. Matthew Morrison‘s wife Renee is from Hawaii, where many gorgeous names have originated. Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are huge nature lovers, so a nature name would have a lot of meaning to them. Finally, Julia Stiles has some quirky naming traditions in her family that I’m wondering if she’ll follow. Whatever direction these celebrities go in, I’m sure they’ll choose lovely names, but I’m always crossing my fingers for names with a good story behind them.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

 Yes, there are still plenty of viable vintage names for boys that remain frozen in the popularity lists of the past. Some aren’t eligible yet for the 100-year-rule, some suffer from IDD (Image Deficit Disorder), and some have simply been forgotten. Here are 30 examples that we don’t think deserve to be dismissed.

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The Hottest Names for Dogs

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The most popular dog names bear a strong resemblance to the most popular baby names. According to a survey by the pet care company Rover.com, the 20 hottest dog names all also work for babies (assuming you consider Buddy and Bear to be appropriate baby names). Number 1: Bella for girl dogs and Max for boy dogs. Here, in order of popularity and alternating by gender, are the 20 hottest dog names today. For more, check out the full list of Top 100 names for dogs.

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Baby Name News of the Week

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes a wealth of names from Canada, lots of celebrity boy names, and naming stories from the worlds of rugby and baseball.

Names around the world: Octavian and Emilie

There’s a lot of online fanfare about the release of new name data, but have you ever heard of a real-life ceremony for the latest name stats?

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By John Kelly

June 21st marks the 2017 summer solstice. On this longest day of the year, let’s bask in the light of 14 names whose origins literally shine bright.

Abner

Abner means “father of light” in Hebrew. Though closely associated with the rustic comic strip Li’l Abner, the name also graced King Saul’s commander in the Old Testament and Abner Doubleday, the once-touted inventor of baseball. Reaching #371 back in 1901, the sun may shine on Abner again.

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