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  • Oz

    This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the... Read More 

  • Pam

    This mild-mannered short form was Queen of the Prom in the fifties and sixties, but today is mostly heard on TV's The Office (and of course as one of the founders of Nameberry).Read More 

  • Pat

    As seen on SNL, Pat is the ultimate androgynous name. Stick with long form Patrick, and make sure everyone calls him Patrick. Read More 

  • Pax

    Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of... Read More 

  • Per

    So simple, yet so exotic: a prime candidate for export. Read More 

  • Pia

    Soft name in the Mia-Nia-Tia family, Pia is heard in both European and Hindi languages. Read More 

  • Ray

    Ray, still and forever, is one of the all-time hippest boys' names, with its jazzy Ray Charles biopic overtones. It's one of the coolest Read More 

  • Rio

    Rio is a reductive ranchero place-name with an attractive Tex-Mex lilt. No Doubt's Tom Dumont has a son named Rio Atticus.

    Also a South American place name, and associated with the... Read More 

  • Roy

    We've seen Ray regain his cool, but could this country/cowboy name epitomized by Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye), Acuff, and Clark, do the same?

    Roy came into use in the late nineteenth... Read More 

  • Rue

    Rue has gone from Golden Girls actress to Hunger Games heroine. This botanical name is also a double word name, meaning regret in English and street in French, and has real... Read More 

  • Sam

    Sam has long been used on its own for boys, as accepted standing by itself as it is as a short form of Samuel. Straightforward and down-to-earth, Sam is the name of the son of the co-stars of The... Read More 

  • Seb

    This name, more recognized as a short form of Sebastian, is perfectly usable a cool full name, and, in fact, ranks on the UK popularity list. Seb is getting lot of attention as the nickname name... Read More 

  • Sim

    The Biblical Simon has been rediscovered and this appealing short form, an alternative to Sam, might be a way to make your Simon even more special.Read More 

  • Tai

    Skater Tai Babilonia brought this sleek modern name to the world's attention. Pronounced "tie."Read More 

  • Tea

  • Uma

    Uma is a throaty, exotic name for a Hindu goddess...and a Hollywood one. But as popular as Uma Thurman is, other parents have not yet picked up on her name, making it a rarity.

    Uma is... Read More 

  • Una

    In an epic poem, the personification of truth, beauty, and unity; this ancient name is popular in Ireland but rarely heard here. The Oona spelling has more oomph. Read More 

  • Van

    Whether it's used as a short form or on its own, this jazzy midcentury name is poised for a comeback along with brothers Ray and Walt.

    More often heard as a surname prefix (e.g. Vincent... Read More 

  • Vin

    Minimalist nickname via XXX star Diesel (born Mark Vincent). Read More 

  • Wyn

    Extremely popular in Wales, where it began as a nickname for someone who's fair, this name is winning even if it feels a bit close to the feminine Gwen and Winnie. Can also be spelled Wynn or Wynne.Read More 

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