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Roy and Nikki were expecting their first child when they drove through the town of Hazen, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the sound of it, they made a slight alteration and named their newborn daughter, Cazen. More and more parents are steering clear of the Top 100 Baby Names of the Year and creating their own unique baby name. If you’re such a parent, roll up your sleeves, put on your thinking cap and find out how to create your own baby name!

 

Yearbook baby names 2014: Weird but true

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What's up with kids' names these days? Are their parents really bad spellers?  Do they not care that their children will be saddled with a confusing name for life?  As I scrolled through the 2013-14 elementary and high school yearbooks for our tiny rural community, I was struck by the insane number of spelling variations of names, the is-that-kid-a-boy-or-a-girl frequency of unisex names and the liberties many parents took in simply creating a name that we'd spend the next 12 years trying to pronounce. Take a look for yourself:

 

Spunky nicknames for baby girls

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Curious how to give your girl a spunky nickname not necessarily tied to her given name? Here are some tips for finding the right one.

 

Weird baby name lists that just might inspire you

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Searching for the perfect baby name can be seriously overwhelming. There are all sorts of appealing lists: most popular baby names, up-and-coming baby names, old-fashioned baby names and so many, many more.

But if every prospective parent refers to the same lists, then all of the kids' names will be way too similar. To find a unique name that will help your child stand out in a crowd, try a weird baby name list that other parents-to-be won't have.

 

The top baby names for every year since 1880

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The most popular baby names lists are comprised from the Social Security card applications for births that occur in any given year. Recent records are more complete and accurate than they were in decades past, mainly because it was not common practice to immediately request a Social Security number for an infant. Nevertheless, the SSA's published baby names lists go back as far as 1880... and we're here to tell you which boy and girl names topped the list every year ever since.


 

Baby names inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

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It should come as no surprise that the man who penned lyrical masterpieces "The Raven" and "The Bells" had a way with names. We looked beyond Lenore and found dozens of tragically beautiful baby names in the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

 

Baby names with spooky meanings

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Unsurprisingly, there aren't a whole lot of names with creepy meanings. It's almost as if parents don't want to name their children after monsters and gore. Who would have guessed?

Instead, we sought names that evoke creepy imagery. We focused on darkness and spirits and things that go bump in the night. What say you? Are you brave enough to give your baby a name with a spooky meaning?

 

How to choose a baby name to honor your alma mater

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Many colleges and universities have long traditions of alumni giving their children campus-inspired baby names. If this appeals to you but you're having trouble getting started, we have a few ideas for how to choose a baby name that honors your alma mater.

 

Add it up: Baby names inspired by well-known mathematicians

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Ah, math. Either you love it or you hate it. Thankfully, brilliant mathematicians throughout history embraced a passion for numbers and discovered all sorts of amazing things, such as equations, measurements, numerical solutions and so much more. While you might not want to name your child Archimedes, Aryabhata, Eratosthenes, Ptolemy or Pythagoras, you may just find inspiration from these other well-known mathematicians.

 

Famous breast cancer survivors inspire strong baby names for girls

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October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the perfect time to honor those who've encountered this terrible disease. While most of us know personally someone who has fought breast cancer, we've decided to highlight here some of the brave celebrities who have brought even more awareness to the ongoing struggle to eradicate this killer. Would you consider paying tribute to a breast cancer survivor in the form of a baby name?

 

The top baby names from 1914

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If you love the feel of old-fashioned names, don't just scan today's lists and books for names that sound old — go straight to the stats. We've gathered up the top 50 names for boys and girls from 100 years ago to get you started.

 
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