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Aren't These Old Lady Names?

I've recently encountered two baby girls in the 4-6 month age range named Beverly and Nancy. Are these babies out-of-sync-with-their-generation anomalies, or the bleeding edge of a new revival of old (but not too old) lady names? Or are "Beverly" and "Nancy" not even in the same category with each other?

- SF Trend Watcher

You're right that a new round of "old ladies" is about to find the baby name fountain of youth. As a rule of thumb, it takes about four generations after a popularity peak before a name is ready to return. By that time, the name has passed beyond "old" into "antique."

Today's schoolyards are packed with girls' names from the late 1800s (like Grace and Amelia) through the 1910s (Ruby, Evelyn). The names of the 1920s and '30s, then, should be right around the corner. That's the generation of Dorothy, Shirley, Betty, Marjorie, Norma, Joan, and yes, Beverly and Nancy.

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Movie Names: Stella Stands Out in Neighbors

Movie Names: Stella Stands Out in Neighbors

This weekend’s number one movie was Neighbors starring yes, Zac Efron and Seth Rogen but also two adorable twins playing the role of Stella. The unflappable toddler girls who shared the role are Zoey and Elise Vargas.

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The Young Hazel: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Welcome A Girl

The Young Hazel: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Welcome A Girl

Acting couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt welcomed a little girl over the weekend. The Office alum and big screen actress have named the little one Hazel Krasinski.  The proud father tweeted the news yesterday morning. They have not announced a middle name so far. 

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Are The Gatsby Names (Still) Great?

Are The Gatsby Names (Still) Great?

It’s been a while since we were assigned to read The Great Gatsby, but with the 3D extravaganza new in theaters over the weekend, we decided to revisit names from the book. The novel is set in 1922 and with all the buzz on old-timey names, it’s interesting to see just how these names are doing and if any are due for a comeback.

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Taylor Hanson Jumps on the Old Lady Names Bandwagon With Fifth Child Wilhelmina

Taylor Hanson Jumps on the Old Lady Names Bandwagon With Fifth Child Wilhelmina

The fifth baby in the Taylor and Natalie Hanson famly has arrived! The Hansons welcomed a baby girl to their growing brood yesterday, naming her Wilhelmina Jane Hanson

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Another Old-Fashioned New Baby: Drew Barrymore Welcomes Olive

Another Old-Fashioned New Baby: Drew Barrymore Welcomes Olive

Actress Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman announced the birth of their daughter, Olive via a statement to People. Olive Barrymore Kopelman is the first child for the newlyweds.

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Carson Daly and Siri Pinter Choose Old Fashioned Name For First Daughter Etta Jones

Carson Daly and Siri Pinter Choose Old Fashioned Name For First Daughter Etta Jones

Carson Daly, former host of MTV's TRL and the current host of Last Call with Carson Daly and The Voice,welcomed a daughter last week with wife Siri Pinter. They named her Etta Jones Daly

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Italian Singer Andrea Bocelli Welcomes First Daughter Virginia

Italian Singer Andrea Bocelli Welcomes First Daughter Virginia

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli became a dad once again last Wednesday, when he and fiancé Veronica Berti welcomed a baby girl named Virginia. This is the first child for the couple, and first daughter for Bocelli. Virginia will be joining big brothers Amos and Matteo from Bocelli's previous marriage.

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Is This Name Just Too Old?

Name Lady, is Mildred too old of a name for a baby? My husband and I both love the name, and it has the added bonus of being his grandma's name and could match with my initials. However, according to BabyNameWizard.com, it hasn't been popular since the early 1900's, and our families haven't been overly excited by the prospect. Are there some names that just should not be revived?

-Granny Name Lover

Many of us love old-fashioned names, just as we love old-fashioned home cooking. That is to say, we love the versions that fit our romantic image of the past. “Mmm, mmm, fresh bread baking in the oven and a rich soup simmering on the stove, what could be better?” But when I flip through my yellowed 1930s Fanny Farmer Cookbook, it turns out to be full of recipes like hard-cooked eggs in cream sauce (“serve over pancakes”) and Chilled Shrimp Bisque, made with canned shrimp and condensed cream of mushroom soup.

The same selective nostalgia works on baby names. Most people today see sweet little Emma andLillie and romantic Olivia and Isabella as the bread and soup, and Mildred...well, you get the picture.

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Lily Allen Baby Name Rumor

Lily Allen Baby Name Rumor

Thanks to Elisabeth at You Can't Call It It and a friend who tipped her off, we present here the third-hand hearsay Internet rumor of the day. (And trust us, it's a shocker.)

Lily Allen's baby, born November 25 (and included in our Celebrity Baby Name Secrets round-up last week), is named... wait for it...

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