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December 13, 2017 10:17 AM

No Beckett, for the parents who want to sound literary but really aren't?

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August 2, 2017 10:18 AM

Jimmy Kimmel's son is actually William John Kimmel.  Billy is an unusual nickname these days, though.  His other kids all have normal names, too:  Katherine, Kevin, and Jane.

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November 4, 2016 08:24 AM

namenut, I think David was pretty consistently popular throughout the 20th century, so it wasn't as representative of a particular decade.  I know a boatload of Davids born in the 70's, too.

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January 19, 2016 10:19 AM

I love Lydia and Cecilia.

 

I know a Polish Joanna.  It's a name I've always liked, and I think it's underused these days.

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December 8, 2015 10:44 AM

I have an Andrew, and I dislike both Bennett and Alec.  Bennett feels like a random surname, and Alec is too attached to the cranky Mr. Baldwin for my taste.  There are a number of other alternatives on that list that I like and that seem closer in style to Andrew, like Timothy or Paul.

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November 9, 2015 07:07 AM

I thought actress America Ferrera was the motivation behind the use of America as a name, but she wasn't in movies/TV until 2002.  Maybe there was a character in a TV show or movie with that name?

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October 27, 2015 12:12 PM

Charlotte

Claudia

Christina

Juliet (JAG isn't much of a word)

Phoebe

Daphne

Iris

Ivy

Katrina

Maeve

Maura

Marissa

Penelope

Priscilla

Olive

Ophelia

 

If your husband likes Evelyn, how about Eva to avoid the issue of ending in -n?

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September 29, 2015 01:42 PM

The main character in the show Boardwalk Empire was Enoch nicknamed "Nucky", and it premiered in 2010, so that's probably a big part of the reason that Enoch showed up 5 years ago.

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November 6, 2013 08:39 AM

I think they are all usable, except Elsie for the reason you mention.  You could use Elsa with the nickname Elsie.

 

I have two young children.  My son went to pre-school with an Ava, and my daughter goes with a Grace.  I know one other young Ava outside of our town, and that's it.  Despite both names being popular, there haven't been "two in every class," as people tend to claim. 

 

I think Grace is more of a classic and probably will seem less dated in time than some of your other options.  I like Adele, but I think you definitely will be hearing about the singer in years to come.