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Isabeau, Bowen, Boheme: Getting to Bo and Beau

April 18, 2014

There’s something stylish about a short name nowadays, and the bright Bo has quite a bit of appeal. Spelled Beau, the name feels like a Southern gentleman – but also has history as a feminine ending in France.  There were 39 girl Beaus and 1059 boy Beaus born in 2012. Bo is less formal – more of a […]

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Sian: Baby Name of the Day

April 17, 2014

She’s more obscure than Jane, less familiar than Joanna.  But this feminine form of John could fit right in with stylish names for girls in 2014. Thanks to Sian for suggesting her own name as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Zosia: Baby Name of the Day

April 16, 2014

She sounds clunky and modern at once, a name that seems like a name, but like nothing you’ve heard. Thanks to Amanda for suggesting Zosia as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Siri: Baby Name of the Day

April 15, 2014

She’s the voice helping countless iPhone users answer an infinite number of questions. Thanks to Angela for suggesting Siri as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Oliver: Baby Name of the Day

April 14, 2014

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on November 30, 2008.  It was substantially revised and re-posted on April 14, 2014. From Charles Dickens to The Brady Bunch to a playground near you, this name has gone from literary to quirky to just plain everywhere. Thanks to Lola for suggesting Oliver as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Sunday Summary: 15th of 2014

April 13, 2014

Happy Sunday!  The day is in the news as a celebrity baby name – again.  And so let’s start our post with Anna’s excellent defense of Sunday as a given name. Elsewhere online: Interesting to see the results of Nomes e mais Nomes site poll on favorite names.  Laura and Miguel came out on top, names that seem to […]

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John, Mary, and 63 More: The Most Popular Baby Names of All Time

April 11, 2014

What are the most popular baby names of all time? It sounds like a straightforward question.  Except that there are different ways to measure usage.  Are Steven and Stephen two names or one?  Are we talking about the percentage of the population receiving a given name, or the name’s numerical ranking?  On percentages, today’s #1 name is […]

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Dorothy: Baby Name of the Day

April 10, 2014

This former favorite went over the rainbow as a Kansas farmgirl, and retired to Miami in the 1980s. Thanks to Jennie for suggesting Dorothy as our Baby Name of the Day.

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David: Baby Name of the Day

April 9, 2014

Bowie, Beckham, Spade, Letterman, Duchovny, Gilmour, Grohl, Lynch.  There’s no shortage of notables answering to this classic. Thanks to Maia for suggesting David as our Baby Name of the Day.

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Barbara: Baby Name of the Day

April 8, 2014

She’s an early Christian martyr turned world famous 11.5 inch doll. Former Favorites week continues, and our Baby Name of the Day is Barbara.

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