Category: Cool Baby Names

The Return of Lemony Snicket

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Lemony Snicket has just made a welcome return appearance, via Netflix, reminding us of what an inventive namer his creator (nee Daniel Handler) is—kind of a cross between C. Dickens and JK Rowling. Personally, I’m crazy about some of the incredible surnames in the series—Baudelaire, Caliban, Poe, Quagmire, and especially the use of the word Denouement as a name.

As for the first names, there are lots of classics, especially for the boys—Albert, Arthur, Charles, Frank and Phil—and some trendy girls’ names as well, such as Olivia and Violet, but there are some more uncommon examples as well. Let’s have a look at names from the whole series.

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New Cool Color Names for 2017

By Abby Sandel

Every year brings new colors. Pantone named the spring-like Greenery 2017’s Color of the Year. Sherwin Williams opted for Poised Taupe, while rival paint company Benjamin Moore went with Shadow.

So that’s what we’ll be painting our walls. But how about what we’ll be naming our children?

With Scarlett, Hazel, Violet, Jade, Forrest, and Rose all popular, it’s easy to imagine parents looking for more colorful inspiration.

Last week, Molly Sims welcomed son Grey Douglas, a little brother for Brooks and Scarlett. It’s nicely ahead of the trends. Grayson ranks in the US Top 50; Greyson isn’t far behind. Grey makes for a minimalist twist on that popular sound.

Grey and Gray feel soft and subtle, much less dramatic than Indigo or Crimson. But there’s room for both kinds of color names as we move into 2017.

Here are my picks for the next generation of undiscovered color names:

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Country Boy Names: The best of the west

We Americans love country names for our boys. Proof is in the current US Top 100: Wyatt and Ryder, Jackson and Hunter, Colton and Easton.

Some boys’ names feel country because of their associations, like Wyatt Earp or Johnny and June Carter Cash singing “Jackson.” Others bring to mind rodeo (Ryder) and the great outdoors (Hunter). Others are harder to pin down, but seem every bit as at home on a tractor or holding a fishing rod.

Country boy names fall somewhere between classic and modern. They’re rustic, but they wear almost as well in the big city as at home on the range.

Our picks for the best country boy names are:

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The 100 Best Baby Names for 2017

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If the 2017 parent were limited to only 100 possible baby names, what should they be? Which names strike that perfect balance of being supremely stylish but not trendy, distinctive yet not weird, creative yet down-to-earth?

We’ve whittled down the thousands of possibilities to find the elite 100 baby names that are most emblematic of our times while also being timeless and forward-facing. The names here are perfect for a 2017 baby yet will serve him or her well into the turn of the next century (now there’s an amazing thought).

Of course, there are hundreds of other baby names that potentially fit these criteria. But if we are limited to only 100, these are our picks for the very best of the best, and why.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Benjamin was the only boy name to enter the Top 10 this year. But that didn’t signal a revival of B names—there wasn’t another one in the Top 60. So let’s give a little love to this neglected initial and look at 20 B names way beyond Brandon and Brayden that are waiting to be discovered.

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