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Category: Nature, Place and Word Names

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Doesn’t it sometimes seem that just about any word in the dictionary can find its way onto a birth certificate these days? (Yes, looking at you, Kardashians!). And it’s not only color and flower and occupational nouns, but even adjectives and adverbs that were never conceived of as names before.

The current Social Security list is packed with word names of every description, many of which are rising in popularity. The list below divides the ascenders into distinctive categories–representing current trends–with those that have made the greatest leaps marked with an asterisk.

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15+ Cool Names for June Babes

By MeaganTulip By Any Name

June is bustin’ out all over! June brings us warm weather and cool baby names. June baby names may be inspired by the rose or the pearl, June‘s birth flower and birthstone. Also appropriate are names of notable people born during the month. Here are some great names to consider as we transition from spring into summer!

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By E. Wittig

Names for Gemini babies, born under the third sign of the Western Zodiac, which falls from May 22nd to June 21st, often focus on twins. Gemini is a sign of duality, represented by twin characters Castor and Pollux, People born under the sign of Gemini are always talking, searching for information to satisfy their intelligence and fuel their creativity. Many Geminis focus on building relationships to fill the need for a twin to their personalities.

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Nature Names for Boys

a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

Their firstborn is Cedar. Now they need another nature name that’s just as perfect for his little brother.

Lisa writes:

We have a son named Cedar, and we’re expecting another boy in September.

If it was a girl, we were considering Aurora, Juniper, or Sequoia. I know Juniper and Sequoia could be used for boys, but we are hesitant.

We’re looking for another unusual name, preferably one that has no religious connotations, references nature – we especially love plant names, is easy to spell and pronounce, and feels somewhat gender neutral.

His middle name will be my (German) surname; last name is my husband’s (Irish) surname, which is also a common first name and sometimes causes confusion.

We’ve considered Jupiter (but is it too out there?), Hawthorn/e (too surname-y?), Zephyr (too close to Cedar?), and Salix (the Latin genus for willow trees, but maybe too confusing?)

Thoughts and suggestions welcome!

The Name Sage replies:

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Lost Baby Names: Now Back on Track

By Clare Green

Today we dive deep into the charts to look at the comeback baby names of 2018. Not names that have returned to the Top 100, or even the Top 1000; we’re talking about  lost baby names that have just returned to the list.

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