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Starbaby Predictions: First and middles

by Sophie Kihm

My latest starbaby predictions include some thoughts on middle names.

Celebrity baby middle names don’t get as much attention as first names, but they can be equally as exciting. Take Anne Hathaway’s son’s middle name, Rosebanks. It’s a portmanteau of two family names—a creative solution to honor multiple people at once. Lauren and Thomas Rhett Akins gave their daughters short, boyish middle names, as did Michael Sheen—although his daughter Lily’s middle name is the more unconventional Mo.

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Gem Names: The hot new name category

by Sophie Kihm

Gem names are a hot category in baby names right now, with many of them shooting up the popularity charts. They’ve even been embraced for boys—Onyx was one of the fastest-rising boys’ names in 2018.

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Celebrity Baby Names

by Sophie Kihm

Celebrity baby names can sometimes seem bizarre, and yet celebrity namers are subject to the same sorts of pressures as the rest of us. For example, for everyone naming a first child can be a daunting task. It sets the framework for all your future children’s names, and there are simply so many options (although sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough). How does one begin to make a decision?

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Baby Name Trends: Technology and more

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes name ideas from books and technology, babies named after hospitals, and trends in Ireland and the Isle of Man.

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The Hottest Nickname Names of 2018

by Sophie Kihm

We’ve taken a hint from the Brits, as nicknames are being used as given names more and more in the US each year. Liam outranks William, Lily is more common than Lillian, and names like Bella, Jack, Ellie, Eli, and Sadie are all in the Top 100.

These nicknames are all cool, but they’re not hot. A hot nickname is one that is climbing quickly, rising fifty or more places in the Top 1000. Nicknames often become hot thanks to pop culture references or due to similarities to other popular names.

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