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Baby Names Right Up Your Street

By Nick Turner

Place names have surged in popularity in recent decades, with picks like Dakota, Brooklyn and Savannah cropping up in maternity wards and nursery schools across the country.

But there’s one source of geographic inspiration that parents often overlook: street names.

If there’s a road that has special meaning to you (say, if you met your future spouse on Melrose Avenue), using a street name could be a fun way to share that history with your baby.

But you have to be a little careful. There’s an old gag about how you can generate your porn-star name by combining the name of your pet with the street you grew up on. In other words, street names have a the potential of possibly sounding a bit trashy.

To figure out the street names that work the best, I compiled a list of the most obvious options. Then I checked them against the Social Security Administration database to see which ones have actually been used as genuine human names. After all, even if you’re looking to get creative, you probably don’t want to go totally off the beaten path.

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By Haley Sedgwick

The Edwardian era, though short, brought us many names that had hardly ever charted prior to the turn of the last century. Beginning in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria, the end of this period is often disputed, but it’s assumed to have ended sometime around the First World War.

Namesake King Edward VII was known to be particularly stylish, influencing art and fashion across Europe, some of which can be seen in the first season of Downton Abbey, which depicts the tail end of the era.

With the high fashions of the period, names were changing, just as quickly as the times were. Unfortunately, name data from England and Wales before 1996 only exists in ten-year intervals; the following names were gaining popularity in 1904 and 1914 in England and Wales.

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Crazy Celebrity Names: But are they really?

By Meredith Testa, namenculture

Celebrities are notorious for giving their children outrageous baby names. Lists of so-called crazy celebrity baby names pop up often, and with examples like North West (shown) and Blue Ivy topping them, it’s easy to see why they spread like wildfire. But I’m not convinced that celebrities are any crazier than the rest of us in their naming choices. One man’s crazy is another man’s cute, and there are lots of reasons celebrity names may seem stranger than they actually are:

Celebrities are just as likely to choose “normal” names as the rest of us- Plenty of them choose popular or traditional names. The Beckhams’ youngest is called Harper (a Top 10 name) and Brad and Angelina have a Vivienne. For every Frank Zappa (father of Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva), there’s a Dennis Quaid (father of Jack, Thomas, and Zoe).

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By Sophie Kihm

We’re only two months into 2017, and already we have been blessed with the two best pregnancy announcements of the year (dare I say decade?). Yes, both Beyoncé and Amal Clooney are pregnant. Better yet—they’re each having twins. The Carters and Clooneys are American royalty, and these will be treated as regal pregnancies. So start placing your bets! What are the odds of a Queen Carter or Warren Clooney (500/1? 2500/1?)? I’m not quite sure, but I am confident that whatever the names of these noble children, they will make international headlines. 

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Why I Named my Son Jayne

By Meagan Botterill, Todays Parent

I’m going to talk about my son Jayne.

Jayne is a sometimes happy, sometimes whiny, always snuggly terror of a two-and-a-half-year-old. Basically, he’s a typical toddler. Jayne is also big. He’s tall and very dense, and people constantly think he’s older than he is. I’m giving you this detail for a reason that will make sense in a bit.

He also has a traditionally female name: Jayne. There is no difference in how it is pronounced and no, we don’t shorten it and call him Jay, or Arthur (his middle name) or Wyatt (another middle name). His name is Jayne.

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