The name you know best is almost certainly your own. You’ve spent your entire life hearing it, speaking it, writing it and, at least if you’re a name nerd like us, thinking about it.

That means that your feelings about your own name — whatever they are — are most likely quite set at this point. If you hate it, you’ll probably always hate it; if you love it, you’ll always love it. And those feelings have likely played a key role in shaping your attitude toward names in general.

So how does that work for you?

How do your feelings about your own name affect your baby name taste and style?

Do you resent the plainness or popularity of your name, and so tend to favor more unusual names for your kids? Has it always bothered you if people often misspell your name, leading you to pick an easy-to-spell name for your little one? Or do you, perhaps, think that your name is amazing, and want to choose one just like it for the next generation?

Tell us in the comments, or on Twitter or Facebook!

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100+ Boys’ Names You Don’t Know

unique boy names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

These rare baby names are the boys’ answer to the 100+ obscure girls’ names we brought you last week.

This A to Z collection of more than 100 highly unusual names for boys includes international choices and names from familiar sources like the Bible, ancient names along with names that are  newly-minted.

What they have in common, besides the fact that you’ve probably never heard them? They’re all names you should know and — if you’re truly adventurous — may even want to use. Which of these rare boys’ names would you pick, if this were the entire universe of names?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

To commemorate Hannukah, the Jewish 8-day “festival of lights” — when eight candles are lit to celebrate the miracle that a small quantity of oil to light the ancient Temple’s menorah lasted eight days—we seek some Old Testament boys’ names that are in the sweet spot, meaning names that are well used enough to be familiar and on the Social Security list but down below the Top 100.

With Noah as the Number One boys’ name (given to 19,000+ baby boys last year), and followed by others in the Top 25– Benjamin, Jacob, Elijah, Ethan, David, Joseph, Samuel and Gabriel–it might seem that all the good Old Testament boy names might be taken—or at least taken by multiple thousands of newborns each year. But, take heart!– if you’re the kind of parent who doesn’t want such a popular name for your son, there are lots of other great biblical boy names that are considerably less common.

Listed below are some of those choices—a few of them quite surprising– starting from the least popular ones, those positioned in the lower depths of the Social Security list, and ending with those that are higher up but still below the Top 100. 

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

2017 was an interesting though somewhat serene in the starbaby world, with few celebrity baby names crying out to be called outrageous.

George and Amal Clooney set the tone when they gave their twins non-attention-grabbing names Ella and AlexanderGeorge suggesting that they would get enough attention as it is. And several other celebs followed suit with names high on the popularity list.

A few trends we’ve noticed: Several distinguished gentleman names made their entrances, including Beaumont, Montague, Robinson and Augustus. For girls there were sassy Sadies and Mabels and the resurgence of old classic names Jane, June, Jean and Joy.

Here are our picks for the outstanding starbabies’ names of 2017.

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City Baby Names and other newsy names

By Clare Bristow

City names for babies? Babies named after cities lead this week’s name news, which also includes the names of preachers and warrior queens, plus some new 2016 name data from Europe.

Super city names: Memphis, Valencia and Steel

Would you consider using a city name – maybe one with special meaning to you, or just a great sound? There’s so much variety, from obvious places names like London and Brooklyn to more subtle ones like Adelaide and Florence. Here are a few more examples from the news lately.

Memphis is an appropriately bluesy name for country singer Jason Aldean’s new son. It’s in the US top 700 and rising fast for boys. If you like the country place name vibe, you might also like Nash (as in Nashville), or Tennessee. Or if Memphis puts you more in mind of Egypt, you could consider Cairo or Alexandria.

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