Category: Classic Baby Names

3 Quiet Classics: Peter, Paul & Philip

By Linda Rosenkrantz

We talk a lot about cool boy names, like those beginning or ending in O, the ones with X in the middle, or maybe with a final er or en. But at the same time, under the radar, there are some quiet, trend-transcending classics that survive and even thrive. They are often passed down in families, and come with a choice of appealing nicknames and foreign variations.

Three prime examples are Peter, Paul and Philip, a trio of apostolic names that have a lot going for them as solid, underused classics with distinguished histories, are instantly recognizable, have infinite variations and are not likely to be duplicated in any contemporary classroom.

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100 Best Baby Names 2018

best baby names 2018

Our list of 100 baby names that should be on everyone’s list this year includes more choices than in the past of names that are obscure and surprising.

That’s because there are so many more unusual names coming into widespread use and baby namers have become a lot more adventurous.

Expectant parents in 2018 do not need to be told, as they did in 1988, to move beyond Jennifer and Jason (as we urged in the title of our first book). Their thinking about names has evolved to the point that the most useful thing we can do is offer a large menu of intriguing choices.

Here, our picks the 100 best baby names for 2018.

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The Next Royal Baby Name: Place your bets

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By Eleanor Nickerson

As April approaches, British Bookies are busy taking bets on what the next royal baby will be named. This is nothing new. Bets were being taken when the Queen was expecting; it’s a tradition we cherish.

And there is something to be said about the bookmakers’ instincts. After all, they got it right with both George and Charlotte.

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100 Great Lost Names from 100 Years Ago

By Linda Rosenkrantz

At the beginning of every new year, we like to follow the Hundred Year Rule and look back at the popularity lists of a century ago, seeing if we can find some faded flowers with revival potential.

1918 was a year of major world events. The devastating First World War came to an end when an armistice was signed in November, and there was a horrific Spanish flu pandemic. This was also the year when women (over 30) got the vote in the UK, Daylight Savings Time began, Billy Graham was born, the first Tarzan movie debuted and there were new books by James Joyce, Willa Cather, Proust, Kafka, Freud and Churchill.

And baby names? Top of the list were the perennial John and Mary, followed by James and Dorothy, Robert and Margaret, Charles and Ruth. But we’re more interested in looking deeper into the lists, which paid off by finding 100 great names from the 1918 Top 500 that aren’t even in today’s Top 1000– but could find their way back.

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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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