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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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New Baby for Kings of Leon Drummer

New Baby for Kings of Leon Drummer

When we last heard from the Kings of Leon, frontman Caleb Followill had just welcomed baby girl Dixie Pearl. Now his brother, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, is continuing the family tradition of sweet, old-fashioned first names. Nathan and wife Jessie Baylin welcomed daughter Violet Marlowe Followill on Friday.

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New Baby Alert: NASCAR Racer Scott Speed Welcomes Juliet Leigh

Following the current trend among NASCAR driver new parents to stick with more traditional names for their newborns, Scott Speed and his wife Amanda picked Juliet Leigh for their new daughter, who arrived tonight (October 4) at 5:47 PM. 

“The most beautiful thing I have ever seen!!!” the proud new dad posted on Twitter, along with this photo, just before dishing on the name. In addition to two very happy parents, Juliet has an older brother, 10 year-old Rex, from Amanda’s previous marriage.

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Name that Baby: What Will Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Name Their Soon to be Born Baby Girl?

Name that Baby: What Will Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Name Their Soon to be Born Baby Girl?

Celebrity Baby Blog reports that on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eric Dane revealed he and wife Rebecca Gayheart have chosen a name for their yet to be born baby girl.  But, Eric declined to share which name they have chosen for their first born child.  He says Rebecca wants to see the baby first, to make sure the name fits.  Still, they have shared the name selection with family and friends, who approve.  During the conversation, Eric did give some name-clues.  Eric called the name "fairly" traditional, and when Jimmy asked if they had chosen a "normal name" or "one of those crazy celebrity names," Eric responded: "We went straight down the middle."

So, question of the day: what is halfway between a traditional name and a contemporary/invented/less common name?  

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New Baby Alert: Ashley Jensen welcomes Francis Jonathan AKA "Frankie Jack"

New Baby Alert: Ashley Jensen welcomes Francis Jonathan AKA "Frankie Jack"

Ashley Jensen and her husband, British actor Terence Beesley, welcomed their son Francis Jonathan last month, her rep confirms.

Continuing a recent trend we've discussed on Name Candy, these are both

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