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Names to Steal from Holiday Movies

Somewhere between roasting the turkey and trimming the tree, millions of us will also find time to go to the movies. After all, there’s a new Marvel superhero, a Disney heroine, more than one outer space adventure, plenty of promising indie hits, plus installments in the Star Wars and Harry Potter universes. Who could stay away?

The blockbuster season features a bounty of baby name possibilities, from the old-fashioned to the brand new. Could one of these movies launch the next big baby name trend? Pass the popcorn, and let’s take a look at the contenders. By Abby Sandel

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12 Delicious Thanksgiving Baby Names

If you’re still looking for a name for your late November babe, the Thanksgiving story has several interesting names tied to the holiday, from arrivals on the Mayflower to those who established it as a national holiday to the perennial parade.  Here are some of the best Thanksgiving-related names.

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Just in time for Halloween, how about baby naming inspiration straight out of Transylvania? Fictional vampires number in the thousands, from old school horror movies to modern day romances. Their names tend to marry a certain glamorous, even exotic vibe with a surprisingly accessible style. After all, if you’re going to keep just one name for centuries, it’s got to be great.

Here are a dozen of the best vampire-inspired baby names for your new addition. By Abby Sandel

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Classic Girl Names: Mary-not-Mary

Mary long reigned as the Number One girls’ name throughout the English-speaking world. Some were Mary Ann or Mary Ellen, but others got far more creative in their quest to stand out from the crowd. So they traded in the ubiquitous Mary for names more glamorous, creative, cooler, or at least more distinctive. You may not even realize that many of these women started out life answering to the regal, saintly classic girl nameBy Abby Sandel

Here are some of our favorite Mary-not-Marys.

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When it comes to great artists, we hear the term Old Masters a lot, but how many women’s names fall under that misleadingly all-male heading? We know about Frida Kahlo and GeorgiaO’Keeffe and a few others, but there are many more that are less well  known. Here are a dozen important women painters and sculptors of the distant and nearer past—all with interesting and unusual girl names worth considering. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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