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When Does Old Become New Again?

Why is it that old-fashioned names have come back so strongly? I've always loved them because I love classic books (in 1992, I named my cat Martha after a minor character in The Secret Garden), but I figure this can't be everyone's reason. Is this about collective nostalgia?

–Frustrated Old-Lady Namer

In a way, it is about nostalgia—or at least the effort to marry nostalgia with distinctiveness. In an age where everyone wants fresh-sounding names that are known, but not too popular, parents with a traditional bent tend to turn back three or four generations to find names that feel fresh again.

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Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Welcome Daughter Vivian Lake

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady Welcome Daughter Vivian Lake

NFL quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bündchen welcomed their second baby together on Wednesday. The new mom announced their baby news via Facebook. Newborn Vivian Lake Brady joins brothers Benjamin and John, aged 3 and 5.

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New Baby Alert: Kathryn Hahn's daughter Mae

New Baby Alert: Kathryn Hahn's daughter Mae

Kathryn Hahn, former Crossing Jordon star, and hubbie Ethan Sandler welcomed daughter Mae into the world on Monday July 27, 2009.  People reports that Kathryn's due date was in September, but apparently Mae got sick of waiting and after two days of labor this baby girl came out at 5 lbs.  Word is that mother and daughter are a-okay.  Mae's got an older brother to check in on her -- Leonard, 2 1/2.

As speakeasys reappear in cities across the country as the hot places to drink and mingle, old-fashioned names are also making a strong comeback in the celebrity world.  Just to name a few:

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