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Royal Baby Name: It’s Louis Arthur Charles!

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Classic Baby Names on the Rise

By Abby Sandel When it comes to classic baby names, there are two stories we like to tell. Sometimes it’s that classics have been abandoned. Time to name your baby Chicago, Koala, or True, because nobody would dare call a kid Elizabeth or James in the year 2018. The other story? Classic baby names are back. Everyone is taking a page from Kate Middleton’s book, and sticking to the most enduring of choices, naming their children Caroline and Henry. Neither of these extremes is true. Instead, classic baby names rise and fall, just like every other kind of name. Even though we’d never call them trendy, it’s easy to see that they do trend, just as surely as Justin and Brittany, Maverick and Everly. The new most popular baby names list reveals some of the hottest of the classics. In many ways, stylish, traditional baby names are the perfect compromise. They feel fresh and current, but they’d be equally at home in nearly any decade. RISING CLASSIC GIRL NAMES Eleanor – One-part legendary queen, one-part inspiring First Lady, Eleanor sounds romantic and serious, daring and capable. Eleanor rose six places to Number 35 last year. This name also proves that it often takes a century for names to cycle in and out of fashion. Way back in 1918, Eleanor ranked Number 26. Eliza – Boosted by Hamilton’s Schuyler sister, Eliza soared 34 spots to Number 140. Originally a form of Elizabeth, today Eliza stands on its own. If you’re worried that your Elizabeth might become Ellie or Betty, naming her just Eliza sidesteps that issue, and gives your daughter a name that feels modern and traditional at once. Frances – As gentle as Alice, as enduring as Mary, Frances rose to Number 438 this year. A decade ago, Frances ranked Number 828. It’s gained nearly 400 places over the last ten years! Like Eleanor, Frances was an early twentieth century favorite. A handful of celebrity children and a popular Pope have boosted the name, too. Judith – Beautiful and fearless, the Biblical Judith has inspired countless parents over the centuries. Judy became a mid-century favorite, as in Garland and Jetson and Blume. But shorten Judith to Jude instead and it feels surprisingly fresh. Another reason this name climbed 45 places to Number 846? It’s the baby on The Walking Dead. Louisa and Louise – Even before the newest prince was ...
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2018 Comeback Kids: Best names newly returned to the list

Let’s look at the comebacks in the US charts this year. These aren’t names that have returned to the Top 100, or even the Top 1000. I’m talking about names that disappeared completely from the official name data – because they were used for less than 5 boys or girls each year – and reappeared in 2017. Some of them have been away for a long time. Esper, which was given to 6 girls in 2017, was last recorded for girls in 1912 and for boys in 1926. Addiemae (or Addie–Mae – the data doesn’t record punctuation) hasn’t been seen since 1915, while Rayo and Union last appeared in 1923. Many of the returners are variant spellings of popular names. They’re not common enough to make it into the charts every year, but odds are that occasionally enough parents will name their kid Ferne, Izabele or Keagyn to put it in the rankings. Some have a clear celebrity influence, like Ginnifer (last recorded in 1989), as in Goodwin, and Spurgeon (2000), the name of Jessa Duggar Seewald’s son. There are also some literary and legendary names that parents use occasionally, but never enough to keep them in the charts. 2017 saw the return of Desdemona (last recorded in 1994), Rapunzel (1959) and Godiva (1958). Below are ten of the best names back in the charts after a gap of 10 years or more. They may be flashes in the pan, gone again next year – but many of them deserve to stick around a bit longer. Annarosa 5 girls in 2017. Last recorded: 2003 This compound name has only made it into the charts a few times over the years. Some parents may hyphenate it as Anna–Rosa, but as one word it’s a pretty name along the lines of Annalise and Annabella. Other compound names back in 2017 include Evabelle, Onnalee and Louellen. Benedetta 5 girls in 2017. Last recorded: 1979 This saintly name is in the Top 50 in its native Italy, but has never been widely used in the US. While it’s splendid in full, it’s also a way to get the nickname Etta. Other Italian names back in the charts are Agostina, Ettore and Ferdinando. Burt 6 boys in 2017. Last recorded: 2004 If names like Frank and Harold aren’t fusty enough for you, no-nonsense Burt might do the trick. Although never as popular as Bert, it was used fairly steadily until the 1970s. Hymie and Ellwood are other old-timey names that made a reappearance in 2017. Cass 5 girls in 2017. Last recorded (for girls): 2003 You can get to Cass via girls’ names like Cassidy, Cassandra and Jocasta. But if you don’t love any of those, why not use Cass on its own? It’s used more for boys, ...
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Royal Baby Name Announced and it’s a Big Surprise!

When it comes to baby names, we live in a nation divided. There’s the United States of Ava and William (the South), the United States of Olivia and Oliver (the Great Plains) and the United States of Emma, Liam and Noah (most of the rest: coastal population centers, the Great Lakes, the Southwest, Texas) ...
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