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    Where do you find naming inspiration?

    I love NB, (don't get me wrong) and I follow lots of name blogs and have a moderate collection of baby name books.

    BUT I also am always looking for new ways and places to find names. What're yours? Do you explore cemeteries, read birth announcements etc.?

    Where can I find more names?

    Thanks, Berries <3
    Oh, and Happy holidays!

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    A lot of movies, books and tv shows, britishbabynames.com (BAs), lists on wikipedia (authors, musicians, composers, painters & their families, etc.), behindthenames Top X lists for different countries and decades as well as freebmd.org.uk and familysearch.org for combos and sibling names.

    Born in 1930

    Mary Pearline & Robert Ellis

    Bonnie Hortensia, Cora Beverly, Ella Marilyn, Libby Loretta, Lydia Jean
    Margie Roberta, Peggy Eleanor, Rose Patricia, Sally Josephine, Sylvia Francine, Willa Judith

    Jackie William, Max Gary, Thomas Grover, Freddie Julian, Jimmy Conrad, Bernie Oliver
    Ted Nathaniel, Huey Winford, Gilbert Myron, Louis Everett, Eddie Lionel

    old combos and lists
    https://listography.com/vintagenames

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    Definitely British Baby Names, and I used to check out a lot of cemeteries for vintage names! I use a lot of popularity charts, the England&Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland and Ireland charts are definitely within my style, so I often look at as many of them as I can for inspiration!

    desirae alyssa ✿ stephanie abigail ✿ melissa jayde ✿ tiffany isabella ✿ lindsey olivia ✿ heather amelia ✿ shayla lily ✿ kelly christina
    aaron jacob ✿ michael james ✿ andrew lucas ✿ jake william ✿ chandler robert ✿ adam hunter ✿ matthew parker ✿ zachary daniel

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    The biggest one is probably genealogy because I really like having the family connection to names, especially in the middle. A couple of my top boy combos have family surnames in the middle and, if children are in my future, I'll probably end up using one or more of them. Even though I'm not a big gamer, I've gotten quite a few from video games. I think it's because I just get so used to hearing the name over and over that it sticks in my head more than normal. Other areas are musicians and literature.
    Kalina Lenore ◊ Ada Caroline ◊ Lyra Marceline ◊ Maeva Colette ◊ Lucia Ninette
    Marcella Margot ◊ Ivy Junonia/Junonia Ivy ◊ Myra Delphine ◊ Eva Peridot

    Felix Rhodes ◊ Ronan Laszlo ◊ Gabriel Orev ◊ Arthur Frederick ◊ Conrad Mateo
    Oscar Lachlan ◊ Abram Rafferty ◊ Sebastian Kuiper ◊ Daniel Hawthorne ◊ Dominic Ozias

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    I agree with genealogy, for me personally it wouldn't feel right to not name a child after a grandparent or heroic ancestor for a middle name anyway. However, for first names I tend to just peruse through forums like this and blogs. As well as other naming blogs/websites.
    I think it's good to keep your options and mind open about names. There are a few that I'd picked out when I was about 13 and now 10 years later I wouldn't touch them with a 15 foot pole.
    Aurora Joan|Edie Clara|Norah Rosalind|Ivy Seraphina|Odette Deanna|Kinley Frances|Violet Nyx

    Rhett Nicolai|Silas Peregrine|Huxley Matteo|Cohen Obediah|Fletcher Hamish|Knox Augustus|Jasper Adam

    Considering..
    Freya Wren|Thea Hadley|Reuben Maverick

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