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70s Dad Names Around the World

by Sophie Kihm

Dad Names, like Dad Clothes and Dad Jokes, are total classics. We’re all familiar with them—sometimes to the point of exhaustion. They’re common among middle-aged men—those who are experienced fathers, but not yet old enough to be grandfathers. Most importantly, they’re not trendy among babies born today. The names on this list were most popular in the 1970s in their respective countries.

Just like baby names today, Dad Names vary from country to country. What sounds dated and dad-ish in Norway may be fresh and youthful in the US. So even if the names from your home country make you think of corny jokes, white sneakers and Hawaiian shirts (or whatever your cultural equivalent is), know that somewhere else in the world, it’s a novel idea for a baby boy.

Here are forty-five quintessential Dad Names from around the world:

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

We have more choices for naming our sons than ever before. But that doesn’t mean its easy to find a traditional but modern brother name for Elliott Wilder.

Jenn writes:

We have a baby boy due late August–we’re thrilled that our son will have a brother, but boy names did not come easily to us last time, and we’re dreading the task on this go around.

We finally settled on Elliott Wilder–to us, it had a classic/literary vibe with a side a spunk.  Nothing we can think of now quite matches up.

Current short list is kind of all over the map and includes August/Gus, Arthur, Kit, Miles, Oscar, Finn, and Wells.  Thinking of middle names to help balance the particularly “cutesy” first names we like (re: Finn, Kit) back toward something more classic/enduring has also been challenging (we’re not super fond of the longer form versions of those names, like Finley or Christopher).  I’m also looking to avoid names that are becoming too trendy/common in my neck of the (urban) woods (Felix, Oliver, Henry, etc.).

Thanks for your help!

The Name Sage replies:

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15+ Cool Names for June Babes

By MeaganTulip By Any Name

June is bustin’ out all over! June brings us warm weather and cool baby names. June baby names may be inspired by the rose or the pearl, June‘s birth flower and birthstone. Also appropriate are names of notable people born during the month. Here are some great names to consider as we transition from spring into summer!

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By E. Wittig

Names for Gemini babies, born under the third sign of the Western Zodiac, which falls from May 22nd to June 21st, often focus on twins. Gemini is a sign of duality, represented by twin characters Castor and Pollux, People born under the sign of Gemini are always talking, searching for information to satisfy their intelligence and fuel their creativity. Many Geminis focus on building relationships to fill the need for a twin to their personalities.

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

The first Memorial Day—then called Decoration Day— was observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  It was a date chosen because it was a time when flowers would blooming all across the country.

In the past we have looked at some of the more interesting names of Civil War leaders, but this year we thought it could be more enlightening to look instead at well-known, well-named people who were born in that year of 1868—giving us a bird’s-eye view of post-Civil War period baby naming, both in America and elsewhere.

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