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American Baby Names

American baby names come from a range of sources, just like Americans themselves. There are Native American baby names, American place names for babies, names important in American history and namesakes for American heroes and artists, and baby names invented by Americans and used primarily in the US. Here, a selection of what might be thought of as American baby names.

  • Latoya

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    Thanks to Ms. Jackson, Latoya is one of the best-known La names, but while this genre used to dominate African-American popularity lists, it's been crowded out by such newer favorites as Destiny... Read More 

  • Liberty

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    Less common than other virtue names, Liberty is nonetheless a name with a long American heritage.

    Liberty is seeing a level of popularity not seen since the end of the First World War,... Read More 

  • Lincoln

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Lincoln cracked the Top 50 for boys' names for the first time in 2016, more than 150 years after the death of its most famous bearer. This is especially remarkable because, as crazy as it seems... Read More 

  • Madison

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    Since we wrote a book called Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana, encouraging parents to move beyond overused names, it's no secret what we think of this trendy surname name,... Read More 

  • Maverick

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    At the rate it's growing, Maverick soon won't seem like such a maverick anymore. Heard first in a 1950s James Garner western TV series, and then as the Tom Cruise character in Top Gun,... Read More 

  • Miley

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    One-time overnight success name, thanks to Hannah Montana actress and singer Miley Cyrus, Miley has fallen quickly from her peak of Number 127 in 2008. For Miley Cyrus, Miley was a... Read More 

  • Mojave

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    Resonant place-name of the beautiful Southern California desert. Read More 

  • Montana

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Relaxed western place-name that still has some masculine punch, but be warned: this whole posse of similarly trendy names, like Sierra and Dakota, will soon ride toward the sunset. Read More 

  • Obama

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    The surname of our new president has been been adopted as a first, for girls as well as boys, by admiring parents around the world. And the O beginning even makes it fashionable. Though Barack... Read More 

  • Phoenix

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Phoenix rolls a lot of cool trends into one: it's a place-name and a bird name, it ends in the oh-so-hip letter x, and as the mythic bird that rose from the ashes, it's a symbol of immortality.... Read More 

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