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  • Occupational Baby Names

    Most occupational baby names were originally surnames that described a person’s job. Names related to jobs have taken on significant style value over the past years and are destined to rise even further.

    Harper is the top occupational name for girls while Mason is the most popular occupational name for boys. Along with Harper and Mason, occupational names ranking in the US Top 100 include Skylar on the girls' side and Carter, Hunter, Carson, and Cooper for boys.

    While technically gender-neutral, occupational names have traditionally been used more often for males and still are more often given to baby boys. Unique occupational names we like for either gender include Baird, Booker, Dancer, Drummer, Fielder, Fifer, Mercer, Painter, Poet, Sailor, Shepherd, and Whistler.

    Occupational names can work as a nod to parents' or grandparents' professions or a family business. Or you can choose them, of course, because you simply like the sound and feel.

  • October Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    October baby names might relate to Halloween or the autumn season in general. Names inspired by the marigold, October’s birth flower, or opal, its birthstone, are equally appropriate for an October baby.

    Names for babies born in October may reference the October zodiac signs, Libra and Scorpio. Names connected to the number eight, which puts the oct in October from the original Roman calendar, or ten to reference its standing in the modern calendar, might also be appropriate. Famous namesakes for October babies include Desmond Tutu, John Lennon, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Consider these names if you are expecting a baby in October.

  • Offbeat Baby Names

    Offbeat baby names are those that are just a little bit quirky, a tiny bit unusual, off the beaten track. Here are some offbeat baby names you might want to consider today.

  • Old Lady Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    Old lady names are cool by virtue of their very disdain for fashion. These kind of old school girls' names are connected to tradition rather than modernity and gloss. What gets confusing is whether stylish vintage names like Adeline or Cora really qualify as Old Lady Names anymore, or if a name needs to be a bit dusty and unfashionable to qualify as Old Lady.

    Along with Adeline and Cora, other old lady names in the US Top 500 include Clara, Elsie, Evelyn, Iris, Mabel, Miriam, Ruth, and Vera. If you prefer the clunky-cool variety of old lady names, consider adding Cornelia, Dorothea, Geraldine, or Henrietta to your list.

    We've tried to make this list inclusive, pulling in all types of Old Lady Names. For more on the If you're interested in learning even more about these kinds of vintage names check out our original blog on Old Lady Names for more commentary and ideas.

  • Old Man Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    Old man names have been used for so long now that they've morphed into popular baby names: Henry and Samuel rank among the top names in the US, while in the UK, Harry, Leo, and Oscar are all among their most popular baby names.

    But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit.

    Along with Henry and Samuel, other old man names in the US Top 500 include Arthur, Cyrus, Theodore, Otto, Silas, Harvey, Victor, and Frederick. Old man names more common in the UK than in the US include Albert, Ralph, Stanley, and Wilfred.

    Like Biblical boy names, old man names are constantly being revived by parents. Today's newest choices include such relics as Herbert, Harold, and Clyde.

    Here are the names for boys we consider Old Man Names.

  • Old People Names

    Old people names -- or rather, #oldpeoplenames -- is a Twitter phenomenon, whereby people contribute their ideas of which baby names are, you guessed it, old people names. Some of the ideas that pop up on Twitter, from Marvin to Myrtle, are good ones, while others miss the mark. True old people names still carry the whiff of the nursing home, even if they're newly considered fit for babies.

    Here, the names we consider Old People Names.

  • Old-Fashioned Baby Names

    Baby names tend to follow hundred-year cycles of popularity. The old-fashioned names here were last popular a century ago. Some of these names, such as Emma and Henry, were recently considered to be vintage names, but are now so popular among babies that they’ve shed any lingering dustiness.

    Along with Emma and Henry, other old-fashioned baby names in the US Top 500 include Abraham, Arthur, Edith, Frederick, Josephine, Olive, Philip, Rosemary, and Walter. Other old-fashioned names that are up-and-coming include Amos, Ida, Lucinda, and Ralph.

    Vintage baby names are always a popular category among parents, but the names in this category shifts over the years. Some of the old-fashioned boy names and old-fashioned girl names recommended for your consideration today include:

  • Olympic Baby Names

    Take a peek at these Olympic baby names dating from the 1896 games until now. The Olympics spotlights global choices that might not otherwise attract our attention. Names of Olympians range from trendy and well-used to never-before-seen picks, but we’ve chosen to feature some of more unique Olympian names here. These gold medal baby names show real promise:

  • One-Syllable Middle Names for Boys

    While we are happy to see baby namers move beyond boring middle names that were mere connective tissue, there are still times -- like when first and last names are elaborate -- when you want a short, strong middle name. Here, some cool one-syllable middle names for boys. Or expand your horizons with our master list of more than 900 middle names of every type.

  • One-Syllable Middle Names for Girls

    There's a reason one-syllable middle names for girls such as Ann and Lynn have been used to the point of cliché. These middle names don't distract from the dazzle of the first name and serve as a calm, quiet bridge between the two stars of the show. These one-syllable girl names transcend the basics like, nowadays, Rose and Grace. They could also work well as first names.

    Along with Rose and Grace, other single-syllable girl names in the US Top 500 include Jade, Faith, Paige, June, Kate, Sage, Eve, and Wren. Short, unexpected names are becoming more common for middle names, such as Bliss, Dove, Poe, and Vale.

    Here, some fresh ideas for short middle names. Or expand your horizons with our master list of more than 900 middle names of every length and style.

  • Operatic Baby Names

    You don’t have to be an opera buff to appreciate the rich variety of baby names found in the classic repertoire. It’s an especially appealing category because it contains such an interesting mix of languages: there are frilly French female names, unusual Italian mens’ names, as well as some usable German and Russian character names. These range from leads such as Aida and Tristan, to featured players to those with minor roles. So, omitting common names like Amelia, Norma and Susanna, and the more uber-the-top names like Brunhilde, here are some lyrical opera baby names:

  • Orange Cat Names

    Names for orange cats, which are also referred to as ginger cats or yellow cats, take their cue from your kitty's bright, warm color. Orange cats are also sometimes referred to as tabby cats or red cats, which can provide further inspiration for your cat's name. If you're the proud new owner of an orange kitten or cat, consider one of these names chosen especially for orange cats.

    Names for Orange Cats