Category: Cool Baby Names

Baby Names Right Up Your Street

By Nick Turner

Place names have surged in popularity in recent decades, with picks like Dakota, Brooklyn and Savannah cropping up in maternity wards and nursery schools across the country.

But there’s one source of geographic inspiration that parents often overlook: street names.

If there’s a road that has special meaning to you (say, if you met your future spouse on Melrose Avenue), using a street name could be a fun way to share that history with your baby.

But you have to be a little careful. There’s an old gag about how you can generate your porn-star name by combining the name of your pet with the street you grew up on. In other words, street names have a the potential of possibly sounding a bit trashy.

To figure out the street names that work the best, I compiled a list of the most obvious options. Then I checked them against the Social Security Administration database to see which ones have actually been used as genuine human names. After all, even if you’re looking to get creative, you probably don’t want to go totally off the beaten path.

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Looking for a classic boys’ name that’s also unusual?

Way beyond the Williams and Henrys you hear every day are dozens of boys’ names that achieve this golden combination.  These names have deep roots and have been used for centuries, yet are given to only a handful of boys each year.

These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style (So long, Sherman) along with those heading in: Welcome, Grey, Linus, and Finnian!

Here, more than 100 classic boys’ names you’ll find hiding below the U.S. Top 1000, ordered from those given to the most babies in 2012 (Gordon, at 194) to the least (Mercury, at just five):

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February Berry Baby Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

February may have been the shortest month, but it was characteristically long on brilliant Berry name choices—I will never cease to be amazed (and gratified) by the taste and originality of our community.

Among the more unusual picks for firsts and middles: Garnet, Pomeline, Golden, Celestine, and Zebediah. And Virginia popped up as both a first and a middle.

And here they are:

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Hottest Baby Boy Names of 2017

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What are the hottest baby boy names? To find out, we measured which baby names rose most in page views in January of this year, compared to a year earlier.

For more analysis of the hottest baby names of 2017, and the trends they represent, read our post here. Or just click through our slideshow of the hottest boy names of the new year. Some of these names are just starting to catch on, while others already chart with the most popular baby names.

If you’re naming a daughter, check out the hottest baby girl names.

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Boy Names: Meaningful Minis

By Abby Sandel

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego made a surprise announcement this weekend. Their family has grown! New son Zen joins big brothers Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio.

Zen sounds exactly like the kind of name the Perego-Saldanas love: short, modern, with a great sound and lots of meaning.

It’s not just Zoe and Marco, though. Modern meaningfuls, short on letters but big on style, continue to grow in use. Zoe’s own name fits the category, as do other rising picks like Bodhi, Zion, and Ace.

Some of these names work equally well for a son or a daughter, and most would make great middle spot choices, too.

Here are nine of the best meaningful boy names, mini style.

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