Category: Cool Baby Names

By John Kelly

This Black History Month, we’re taking a look at some of the great jazz musicians of the past century. But these cats didn’t just give us some of the best music. Their names also offer some inspiration for baby boy names—and on the flip, serve as a cool way for jazz lovers to honor and remember their musical heroes.

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Happy Valentine Day Names: We Heart You!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Happy Valentine’s Day! When it comes to names befitting this holiday, certain obvious examples spring to mind—the Valentine/Valentina/Valentino triplets, Romeo and Juliet and other iconic romantic couples, and the over-the-top deities Cupid, Eros and Aphrodite. But there are other, more unusual names less obviously related to love and hearts, and here are 12 of the best, not just for babe born this time of year, but for every adorable recipient of love at any time.

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Top City Baby Names Around the World

 by Pamela Redmond and Joseph Satran

New York baby namers favor the literary boys’ name Holden, while Oscar is prized by movie-centric Angelenos.

Tradition-bound Londoners love the effete vintage names Ottilie and Otis, while parents on the Chicago plains prefer the earthier Cora and Greyson.

In a ground-breaking study of the top city baby names around the English-speaking world, Nameberry analyzed views of our name pages for the past year by visitors from seven cities in four countries on three continents – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, London, and Sydney.

Name popularity lists by city are rare, with only New York among our group offering an official count. And we focused on the English-speaking world to compare the preferences of city dwellers drawing from the same name language, surveying the urban centers with the most Nameberry visitors.

City-dwellers around the world, we found, share cosmopolitan name tastes and favor sophisticated baby names that are often ahead of the general trends. Cora and Atticus, on the Top 5 in all seven cities, are just beginning to climb international popularity lists. Urban favorites Jasper and Theodore are other emerging names, while city-dwellers love Charlotte and Olivia just like everyone else .

But Nameberry visitors from each city also have quirky favorite names as divergent as Bondi Beach and a Brooklyn brownstone.

Many of these unique name favorites reflect their city’s style and population, such as Jack in outgoing Sydney and Helen in buttoned-up Toronto, Maeve in Irish New York and Amara in Latino Dallas. Chicagoans love New American baby names as fresh as the frontier, while Londoners prefer their names as ancient as their castles.

Beyond the Top 5, it makes sense that Ophelia is beloved in London and New York, which host the most Shakespeare performances, while Dallas dwellers favor the cowboyish Wyatt and Sydney residents like the beachy Cove.

But many of the cities’ name preferences are not so predictable. London and New York have both fallen for Aurelia, for instance, but only London has warmed up to Aurelius. New Yorkers like Maximilian and Dallas residents prefer Maximus, while Torontonians favor quietly quirky baby names that no other cities even register.

Let’s look more closely at the tastes and trends in each city.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

January was a month when some especially unusual and creative names landed on our berrybaby birth announcements—and for their siblings as well. For girls alone we saw Ezrie, Islington, Yvaine, Oswin, Dorthea, Elia, and Salomea, while boys included Callister, Isao, Ender, Maximo, Forde and Ransom.

Here’s the full list—and don’t forget to tell us your faves in the comments and in particular how you like those you may not have heard before.

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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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