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A Roze is a Roze: The New Spelling Shifts

December 4, 2020 LauraWattenberg 4 min read 1 Comment

Even creative spelling has its rules—and those rules are changing. For generations, two letters have reigned supreme the realm of creative name spelling: Y and K. Parents replaced workaday vowels with Ys in names from Lynda to Paxtyn, and Cs with Ks in names like Karter and Khloe. The two […]

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Parents are Breaking the One-Word Barrier

October 29, 2020 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 3 Comments

Another baby name barrier is falling—a big one. Even this age of creative, high-impact naming, baby names have generally remained single words. But not any more. American parents have started to create names out of phrases. Compound names like Mary Kate or Jon-Michael have always been common enough, as have […]

42 Absolutely Brand-New Baby Names That Tell a Story

May 13, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 4 Comments

Meet America’s newest baby names. Each year, hundreds of names make their debut in the U.S. name statistics, meaning they were given to at least five newborn boys or girls in one year for the first time ever. I’ve collected some highlights in notable categories from 2018. Together, they paint […]

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