By Linda Rosenkrantz

2017 was an interesting though somewhat serene in the starbaby world, with few celebrity baby names crying out to be called outrageous.

George and Amal Clooney set the tone when they gave their twins non-attention-grabbing names Ella and AlexanderGeorge suggesting that they would get enough attention as it is. And several other celebs followed suit with names high on the popularity list.

A few trends we’ve noticed: Several distinguished gentleman names made their entrances, including Beaumont, Montague, Robinson and Augustus. For girls there were sassy Sadies and Mabels and the resurgence of old classic names Jane, June, Jean and Joy.

Here are our picks for the outstanding starbabies’ names of 2017.

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City Baby Names and other newsy names

By Clare Bristow

City names for babies? Babies named after cities lead this week’s name news, which also includes the names of preachers and warrior queens, plus some new 2016 name data from Europe.

Super city names: Memphis, Valencia and Steel

Would you consider using a city name – maybe one with special meaning to you, or just a great sound? There’s so much variety, from obvious places names like London and Brooklyn to more subtle ones like Adelaide and Florence. Here are a few more examples from the news lately.

Memphis is an appropriately bluesy name for country singer Jason Aldean’s new son. It’s in the US top 700 and rising fast for boys. If you like the country place name vibe, you might also like Nash (as in Nashville), or Tennessee. Or if Memphis puts you more in mind of Egypt, you could consider Cairo or Alexandria.

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Anglo-Spanish Sister Names

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They’re naming a sister for Mila Aby. After finding a name rich with meaning and family significance for their firstborn, they need something every bit as spectacular for their new arrival.

Mariana writes:

My husband, Justin, and I are expecting our second daughter in January. Our first daughter is Mila Aby. Our list also included Kiara and Eliana, but we settled on Mila. We love it’s meaning (hardworking, dear, and short for “milagro” or miracle in Spanish), and the fact that it’s short, sweet, and familiar without being overly popular. Aby was what we called my late grandmother, so we chose that as her middle name.

Now we are expecting another girl and planning on again choosing a few names and waiting to meet her before we make our final choice. However, we are having trouble finding names that we definitively want to add to the list. A few that we have thrown around and not nixed include Nora, Leila, and Hannah. I have always loved Olivia and the nickname Liv or Livy, but it’s too popular for our taste.

The name should sound beautiful in both English and Spanish, as much of my family only speaks Spanish. We would also like the name to pair well with Mila, and we are considering Alice for a middle name – my husband’s late grandmother.

I can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are!

The Name Sage replies:

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100+ Girl Names You Don’t Know

by Esmeralda Rocha

How do we know that you don’t know these rare baby names for girls?

Because we didn’t know them either, most of them, anyway. These unusual girls’ names come from all over the world, inspired by nature, mythology, art, and beyond.

We bet that most of these secret baby name gems will be a refreshing discoveries for you. Most did not appear at all on the US popular names list in 2016, which means they were given to fewer than five babies, and those names that did appear were used for only a handful of babies.

Will you break that trend and use one of these rare and unique girls’ names for your baby? Which would you use, if only you were brave enough?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

November turned out to be an interesting month in the babyberry arrival world! First of all there were four sets of twins: 2 boy/girl and 2 boy/boy:

Margot Weston and Jasper James

Maryn Siena and Nicholas Moone

Archie and Theodore

Oliver Grayson and Nathaniel Wyatt

I was particularly taken with some of the imaginative middle names this month, as in Amaranth, Mimosa, Michelangelo and Moone. And some pretty gorgeous sibsets as well.

 Here’s the full list:

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