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Category: Classic Baby Names

Cool Classic Names: Alfred and Ottilie

By Emma Waterhouse

This week’s news includes some cool classic names, brilliant British birth announcements, some interesting number-crunching from Nevada, and an incredible tale of two names and all they represent…

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16 Surprising Saints Names for Babies

by Linda Rosenkrantz

November 1st being All Saints Day, this seems like a propitious moment to look for some saints names for babies inspiration. There are some of those appellations that would be familiar to all of us, from St. Francis to St. John to Santa Maria. But there are others whose names don’t conjure up their religiosity quite so directly. Here are 16 spiritual but stylish—and often somewhat surprising—names for baby girls and boys.

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Gorgeous Girl Names Starting with E

By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a popular, well-liked girl name starting with E: no problem.  An E name—Emily or Emma—has held the top spot for 18 of the past 22 years.  And right now, there are 5 E girls in the Top 15—in addition to the two Ems, there are Evelyn, Elizabeth and Ella, with Eleanor and Ellie not far behind..

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Celestial Baby Names: 20 Names That Mean Star

By Emma Waterhouse

Celestial baby names are flying high right now, with the likes of Luna and Stella already firm starbaby favorites — used by the likes of Matt Damon, Ellen Pompeo, Uma Thurman, and more recently Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

And it’s not just celebrity parents who are looking to the stars for baby name inspiration: fresher celestial choices like Lyra, Nova and Orion have also been shooting up the charts in recent years, as parents look further afield for novel nature-inspired names.

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

International baby names can go a long way towards reinvigorating classic English versions. They can often add freshness, energy, romanticism, quirkiness, individuality and surprise to a name that has gone somewhat colorless after centuries of widespread use.

I was reminded of this by a terrific thread on our forums, one that was started recently by Berry ‘msbuntain’.  What follows are some of the great examples contributed by Berries on that thread, as well as some of my own favorite substitutes. (Not that we don’t love classics too!).

We’d really like to hear about the names that you like an international version of better than the standard English language one, so let us know in the comments!

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