Spring has officially arrived this week, a season traditionally associated with rebirth, when gardens begin to burst into bloom after a long, sometimes seemingly endless, grey winter. Many of the flowers shown here have wonderfully evocative names, especially apropos for a springtime babe.  We’re focusing on the more unusual spring flower names, moving beyond Lily and Daisy to Orchid and Anemone.

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By Abby Sandel

Last week we looked at Irish baby names. This week, we turn our attention to all names Scottish. The new Scottish baby name statistics for 2016 were just released, making it the perfect moment to dive into the data.

While Irish names have been white hot in the US for decades, Scottish choices remained relatively rare until recent years. Now a handful of these are racing up the popularity charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

The good news for American parents in love with all things Scottish? Many others remain undiscovered gems in the US.

Sharp-eyed readers will notice some overlap between our Irish and Scottish lists. That’s thanks to the shared Gaelic roots of the two languages.

Here are the popular Scottish baby names currently in the US Top 1000. That doesn’t mean they’re wildly popular, though. Just two of these Scottish baby names crack the US Top 100!

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Strong, Feminine, Uncommon Girl Names

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Katie has a few favorites, but none seem like The Name! What would you name a sister for Dash and Rory? 

Katie writes:

I never anticipated I’d need your help as I was fairly confident when naming my first two boys: Dashiel “Dash” and Rory.

I’m expecting my third baby, who happens to be a girl.  I’m due April 5th and find myself still with a “Baby Girl” Shore-with-an-M to name.

Just when I think I love a name the next day I feel I sort of hate it, and throw it out completely.  Then I put it back on when I re-discover it later.  I’m just being indecisive is all.

My current list is:

Maeve Is it too plain with a one-syllable last name? It’s been on my list since I was expecting Dash.

Cecily – I’ve loved this name since babysitting a Cecily growing up, but I wish it didn’t end with the y sound.

Marigold – But would this work well in an executive office?

Primrose I really like Primrose, especially with the nickname Prim. But I have not seen or read The Hunger Games, and I hear this may be an issue.

I want the name to be at least a little feminine and pretty but strong. I want it to be not too popular and cool, but not weird or made up, either.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Continuing our series on you-don’t-have-to-be-youneek-to-be-unique names, here are 25 vintage appellations for boys that are hardly heard today.

Since boy names tend to stay on the popularity lists, these names are quite unusual in that, unlike vintage classics like William and James, most of them were in common use at one time but then slid into obscurity. See which ones you think are ripe for revival.

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By Abby Sandel

Let’s say you love old-fashioned girl names with a tailored quality. You’re all about names that topped the charts a century ago, but feel fresh and modern today.

Top Ten Charlotte fits this description. The same is true of fast-rising Evelyn and Eleanor.

The only problem, of course, is that you might already know a few Violets and Graces. Or you worry that your Lillian will be lost in a crowd of girls with similar names.

What’s the solution? Look for the next wave of new old girl names, of course!

To make this list, I focused on names that previously charted in the US Top 100. So Winifred and Millicent and Sybil failed the test. Any name ending in an ‘a’ was ruled out, too. Good-bye to Lucinda, Luella, and Viola!

Plenty of possibilities remained. They’re feminine, but not too elaborate. Vintage describes them well, and yet parents aren’t using them in big numbers. None of the choices on this list appear in the current US Top 1000, either – at least not as of 2015, the most current data available from the US Social Security Administration.

If you’re crushed that your favorite old-fashioned girls’ name is on everybody else’s list, too, these names might be for you.

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