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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Seven Reasons to Go Big with Middle Names

February 21, 2014

Pssst … wondering if any of the names mentioned have been featured as Baby Name of the Day posts?  If they appear as a blue link, the answer is yes!  Just click to read. You’ve settled on the perfect first name, when suddenly you realize that you’re not done yet. There’s a family member that […]

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Baby Name Predictions for 2014

December 27, 2013

Which directions are baby names headed in 2014? In six years of name blogging, and 40 years of name obsessing, I’ve learned this: surprises abound, and everything changes.  One year’s impossibly outdated choice is the next year’s granny chic favorite.  Give that very same name a decade or so, and she’s way too common to […]

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Looking Back: 2013 Predictions Reviewed

December 20, 2013

In the last days of 2012, I came up with some predictions for 2013.   With twelve months in the rearview mirror, it is time to look back. Of course, the end of the calendar year doesn’t match up with the release of 2013′s official baby name data for the US.  So I’m analyzing how I […]

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Best Celebrity Baby Names of 2013

December 13, 2013

I write about celebrity kids an awful lot, but I’ve never done a real, end-of-the-year round-up post here. Really, where *are* my priorities? Since I’ve spent the week writing about celebrity baby names, it seems like the perfect year to reflect on my favorite high profile baby names. Before we dive in, let’s address two […]

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Campbell and Collins: The New Unisex Names for Girls

November 8, 2013

Here’s an ever-so-familiar tale: you’ve named your son Jordan, and now there’s another tot at playgroup with the same name.  Except she’s a she, and the other moms call your kiddo “boy Jordan” to differentiate. You take your son for his first soccer practice, and realize there’s another Charlie, one sporting pigtails and pink shinguards. Or […]

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In Defense of Jake and Kate: Nine Reasons to Skip the Formal Name

September 14, 2013

I know a sweet new baby boy named Nate – not Nathan or Nathaniel.  The naming of just Nate apparently caused some consternation amongst the extended family, who felt he needed a formal name. The parents had their reasons, and their reasons made a lot of sense.  So much, that while I’m very pro-formal name, […]

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In Defense of Nicknames: Ten Reasons to Embrace Nickname-Rich Names

August 17, 2013

I’m a huge fan of nickname-rich names.  My daughter’s name is a study in reinventing family names.  Failing to figure out a preferred short form for my son bothers me still, more than eight years later.  And I legally altered my own name out of frustration that I didn’t have any options to change up […]

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The Nine Types of Unusual Baby Names

January 5, 2013

I’m fascinated by the use (and abuse) of the word unique in baby name talk. Unique is a superlative.  It means one of a kind – just one.  It is impossible to be “kind of unique” or “somewhat unique” or “a little bit unique.”  You’re either the only one, or you’re not. But if I […]

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Baby Name Predictions for 2013

December 30, 2012

2012 is slipping away, and that means a new year of baby names is just around the corner. This year’s baby name predictions range from some very specific names on the rise to sounds we like to broader changes in how we think about names. What’s likely to be hot in 2013?  Surprises abound, but […]

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