Category: International Baby Names

By Meredith Testa, namenculture

French names are perennially popular in the US, but there is still a host of undiscovered gems on the French popularity list. So today, the boys follow the girls we looked at the other day: 10 of the best possibilities for an unusual name taken from the popular names of France—all in the Top 100, including some imported from other cultures.

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By Meredith Testa

American parents have always seemed more attracted to French names for their daughters than their sons: from Julie in the 60s to Stephanie and Nicole and Danielle in the 80s to Charlotte today, it’s never difficult to find a French name near the top of the girls’ popularity chart.

But there remains a host of undiscovered possibilities from the French popularity list:

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By Lisa Spira

Before Liam became the second most popular baby name in the United States, as it has been since 2013, it was a lesser-known Irish short form of William. It was distinctively Irish. Today, however, Liam is so popular that it feels more “American” than anything else.

It’s not the first name to broaden in usage this way. In past generations, names such as Sean and Nicole became simply American, dissociated from their Irish and French roots, respectively.

Which names from other cultures might be the next popular American names?

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By Tiana Putric

The Boston Marathon, rooted in ancient Greek history, is the oldest modern annual marathon in the world: it was established in 1897 – 120 years ago! Taking place every year on Patriots’ Day, it draws tens of thousands of marathoners from around the world who compete while hundreds of thousands of spectators watch, applaud, and shout words of encouragement.

Last week, the names of winners Geoffrey and Edna, Marcel and Manuela were added to those of the past. Let’s look back at the interesting names of eight earlier Boston Marathon winners, from Ellison Brown in the men’s open to Jacqueline Gareau in the women’s open to Marcel Hug and Edith Hunkeler in the men’s and women’s wheelchair division.

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Easter Baby Names: The lovely Lily

By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a name for your Easter season baby, one logical point of departure could be the lily, a prime symbol associated with the resurrection, with rebirth and a new beginning. The white lily known as the Easter Lily has long signified purity, hope, innocence and peace.

Let’s take a long look at Lily, her homegrown and distant variations and noted bearers.

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