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These Baby Names Aren't as Traditional as You Think


Last year, a British blogger scored global headlines with the claim that the familiar baby name Gary was on the verge of extinction in the U.K. Gary's fate was supposed to be an emblem of how new name inventions are taking over at the expense of traditional classics. The irony is that Gary is anything but a traditional classic. It's a trendy, made-up celebrity name – just one of a past generation.

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Preston

Transferred use of the surname meaning "from Preston." The name is derived from the English place-name composed of the Old English elements préost (priest) and tūn (town, settlement, village): hence,

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