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Where to find baby name inspiration

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Finding the perfect name for your baby is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Not sure where to start? Try our baby name inspiration guide today!

Most popular names


When it's trendy that you want, there is no better place to look than the Social Security Administration's most popular baby names list. Millions of birth certificates are tallied to reveal the nation's favorite picks. These 10 boy and girl names topped the list for 2013:


Names from pop culture


Oftentimes, the names that are used in the pop culture of today make the most-popular lists of tomorrow. Look at the character names of new movies and TV shows. Consider the hottest stars on the Billboard charts. Keep up with the people who are making headlines in the daily paper and your favorite magazines. Check out these inspired lists:


Names from your own family tree


Our ancestors were loyal to their ancestors. Family first names were frequently passed down from one generation to the next. Baby boy John might be named after Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa and beyond. Dig a little deeper, and you may just find some gems that aren't quite as common as John IV. Trace your roots to beautiful ethnic names and, in the process, learn more about your family's unique history to share with your baby-to-be.

Names by meaning


Every baby name means something. In fact, American Puritans were fond of naming their children after meaningful virtues, such as Faith, Hope and Charity for girls and Justice, Noble and Royal for a boy.

Check out the BabyHold archives for dozens of meaning-inspired baby name lists, like these:


Names from the past


Every decade can be defined by certain baby names. The Social Security Administration's baby name records can be viewed as far back as 1880, and it's fun to look at the trends that define each era. Go back in time with these nostalgic baby name lists:


Names of famous people


Have you ever wondered if you share your birthday with someone famous... an actress, musician, politician or historical person? Peruse these lists to find out, and perhaps you'll find the perfect match for your baby-to-be's birthday, too!


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