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What's In A Name

Figuring out what to name your child can be tough, especially if you and your partner disagree. Let’s find a name you both love.

Maybe you’ve known what you were going to name your future children since you were six, but maybe your husband has, too. Or maybe you both have ideas but you just can’t agree. How is this baby ever going to get named?

First, get yourself a nice, big baby name book or find a website that lets you browse through long lists of names. Take turns writing down all the names you don’t hate, and then make two separate top ten lists of your favorite names.

Are there any names that appear on both lists? If not, are there any names on each other’s list that you could live with or would consider as a middle name? Do any of your favorite names have anything in common, like certain letters, sounds or ethnic origins?

When you have some strong contenders, take each name and try it on for style. Imagine your future baby in a shirt with the name printed on it. Think of your child having to learn to write his or her name in kindergarten, and the hundreds and thousands of times he or she will have to write the name in life. Consider the nicknames that are associated with the name: Anything unflattering or that you just don’t like the sound of?

Finally, if you simply can’t agree, can you compromise? If your husband has wanted a “junior” his entire life and will be eternally resentful if he doesn’t get his way, maybe you can pick the nickname that the child will be called. Or if there’s a name you really have your heart set on, offer to let your partner name the next one.

Sandy & Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble.

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Baby Names As American As Apple Pie

From sea to shining sea, from the 1880s to the 1980s, American culture can give you some fun ideas for naming your new baby.

Good old apple pie and baseball are just some of the hallmarks of American culture. Capture a bit of the essence of the pure American spirit in your baby's name. There is so much more to Jack and Sue than meets the eye.

American pop culture influences baby name choices not only in the States, but in Europe, Asia and other remote regions. A writer's decision for a character name on a TV show can have lasting effects on a whole generation. Take the soap opera Days of Our Lives for example. A character named Kayla gave the name incredible popularity, and hundreds if not thousands of Kaylas today are the product of the show's trendsetting influence.

A similar phenomenon can be seen in the UK. The name Keira, and its alternative spelling Kiera, jumped up in popularity when British actress Keira Knightly became famous worldwide for her roles in Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean. Even a bad reputation has been known to spark trends. An evil nanny named Peyton in the film The Hand that Rocks the Cradle made the name an instant favorite, whereas before it was virtually unheard of.

Name your baby after your favorite song

It seems some names became extremely popular after appearing in a hit song dedicated to a person of that name. After all, who can think of a better name choice, than one that is worth writing songs about?

Retro baby names

So you know what the popular names of today are, but do you know which names were popular in 1880? The "fashion" of names has changed throughout the years, but some names have stayed on top of the charts.

The 80's are back — Names inspired from bulls & bears, the Ivy League and the Trumps

80's inspired names are the new trend according to recent polls and surveys. These names are more traditional, conservative and are inspired by TV series, universities and the global money market, which boomed and crashed in the Spandex decade.

Popular baby names in New York

So what does the New York State parent think of when naming their baby? In the case of naming baby girls, it looks as if naming is all about glamour. According to the most up-to-date U.S. Social Security Statistics, Emily, Isabella and Ava ranked in top three spots.

Baby name ideas from New Jersey

New Jersey is the "it" state for parents looking for a unique baby name or ideas for inspiration. The Garden State just happens to be one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country.

Popular baby names in California

California's parents have their trends set for their baby name favorites. For baby girls, Emily, Isabella, Ashley, Mia and Samantha came in at the top five spots, respectively. As far as baby boy names go, the names Daniel, Anthony, Angel, Jacob and David have been chosen by California's parents more than any others.

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Easy, Fun Ways To Choose Your Baby's Name

Mitchell or Maserati? Rachel or Riann? Whether you’ve had a baby name in mind since you were a kid or you’re clueless, these tips will make the decision simpler and far more entertaining. Let the brainstorming begin!

Play the “This or that?” game. Start off with two names you like—say, Jana or Sophia—and ask your spouse to pick the one he likes. Then he hits you with another choice—Sophia or Lisette—until you have a keeper (well, at least for that day).

Think outside the Bob.Find inspiration from characters in books, songs, colors, seasons, words from other cultures and your passions, suggests Pamela Redmond Satran, developer of the online site NameBerry and coauthor of The Baby Name Bible. Kellyx (yes, that’s her real name) Nelson of San Francisco, who runs an environmental group, gave her son the name Spyder. “And we named baby No. 2 Cricket,” she says, “so Spyder wouldn’t be the only arthropod in the family!”

Go back in time. Ask a parent to make a family tree or do your own genealogical research to find great names. Satran, who has three children, named her daughter Rory—which means “red” in Gaelic—as a nod to her maiden name, Redmond.

Re-name yourself.A thought-provoking question: If you could make over your name, what would it be and why? Re-naming yourself (or your partner) will get you thinking about qualities that matter most: how feminine or masculine, how unusual, how ethnic, and so on.

Mix it up. Twilight fans know all about Renesmee Cullen, whose vampirelicious name is a mash-up of Renee and Esme, her grandmothers. Play around with your own combos, and feel free to mix boy and girl names.

Meet halfway. “We wanted an ‘M’ name after my dad, Michael, but my husband and I couldn’t agree,” says Marjorie Ingall, of Providence, Rhode Island. “Jonathan wanted Matilda, for Roald Dahl’s book of that name, but Dahl was a miserable person. I wanted Mabel, but Jonathan thought it was a dog's name. So we compromised on Maxine.” Agreeing may be tricky but as Satran says, “It’s good preparation for a lifetime of decisions you’ll have to make for your child!”

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Keeping Up With The Joneses' Twins
Faith and Hope. Madison and Mason. No, they're not intersections, they're some of the most popular twin names in the U.S. And we've got the full list.
How To Pick The Perfect Name For Baby
<p>Whether you want to go trendy, traditional, or totally unique, we've gathered great ideas on how to select the ideal name for your newborn.
<p><b>Expect the Unexpected </b></p>
<p>There's a lot of pressure in choosing a baby name. It'll be one of the first things people learn about your child and will be a part of her for the rest of her life. But though naming your newborn is a daunting process, it can also be fun. Some couples discuss and research -- and argue about the name until hospital staff make them sign the birth certificate. Other parents-to-be just hear a name and find they both love the sound. There are about as many ways to pick a name as there are names themselves. For inspired stories of how parents chose the perfect moniker for their child -- and ideas for how to come up with your own -- read on.</p>
<p><b>Slip of the Tongue </b></p>
<p>When we got together with some friends who had just named their baby boy Justin, I told the new mom that I really liked the name. Her mother-in-law, who was also there, added, "Thank goodness they decided to go with Justin -- their other choice was Aidan. Can you believe it? What an awful name!" My husband and I looked at each other with raised eyebrows -- and later agreed that Aidan was exactly the name we wanted. I'm sure my friend's mother-in-law was appalled when she got the baby announcement!</p>
<p>-Jennifer, Buffalo, N.Y.</p>
<p><b>Keep on Truckin' </b></p>
<p>My husband named our daughter Kalyn. He is a shipping manager at a lumberyard, and Kalyn Siebert is the name of a brand of flatbed trailers. We like to joke that our daughter's name was found on the mud flap on the back of a trailer!</p>
<p>-Kim, Albemarle, N.C.</p>
<p><b>By the Book </b></p>
<p>I was six months pregnant during a trip to California for a wedding, and there was a large span of time when I couldn't feel the baby move. My doctor kept reassuring me I was walking so much that I was rocking the baby to sleep. On the flight home, still nervous, I decided to try to relax by finishing my Danielle Steel novel. Just as I started reading, the baby kicked! The main character in the book is Cassandra, which is now our daughter's name.</p>
<p>-Rhonda, Haverhill, Mass.</p>
<p><b>Childhood Crush </b></p>
<p>I've always had a huge crush on musician and actor Rick Springfield. My first son was named after my father, but my second son, Noah James, was named after two of Rick's screen characters. (My husband would not let me name him Rick, so I got creative!)</p>
<p>-Kathryn, Rockford, Mich.</p>
<p><b>Saintly Inspiration </b></p>
<p>We named our daughter Brigid after Ireland's Saint Brigid, a very cool saint who started a coed monastery and taught nuns to read and make art. We also used it because it suited both my husband's background (Scots-Irish) and mine (Scandinavian).</p>
<p>-Rebecca, Indianapolis, Ind.</p>
<p><b>Just a Joke </b></p>
<p>When I was pregnant, my husband, Bill, and I were getting sick of everyone asking us what names we had in mind. So Bill made up names as a joke: XTC for a girl and Zamfir for a boy. I was so sure we were having a boy that I started calling the baby Zammie. When my doctor confirmed that it was a boy, Zam stuck. Of course, we didn't want our son going through life having all that to explain, so Sam was the next best thing.</p>
<p>-Debbie, Glen Rock, Pa.</p>
<p><b>Ice Ice Baby </b></p>
<p>When we discovered we were having a boy, we bought a name book, only to find it wasn't as helpful as we had thought it would be. Since we're huge hockey fans, we decided to read through all the team rosters in the preseason yearbook to see if we might have better luck. We chose Luc, after left-winger Luc Robitaille, a French-Canadian hockey player.</p>
<p>-Steven & Nicole, Olathe, Kans.</p>
<p><b>Blast From the Past </b></p>
<p>My husband and I named our third child Kammin Daphne. Kammin is my mother's maiden name, and Daphne is one of the characters on the Scooby-Doo cartoon. (Our 4-year-old, Madison, really liked to watch Scooby-Doo while I was pregnant!)</p>
<p>-Tara, Oakwood, Ill.</p>
<p><b>Dramatic Moment </b></p>
<p>Both our boys got their names from visits to a movie theater. My husband and I picked the name Liam for our first son after seeing Rob Roy when I was pregnant. Our second son, Declan, was named after Richard Gere's character in The Jackal.</p>
<p>-Brandy, Lakeland, Fla.</p>
<p><b>Comic Belief </b></p>
<p>When we were first married, I gave my husband a Calvin and Hobbes book every Christmas, and we always said we'd like to have a little Calvin of our own someday. After I got pregnant, the only name that we could agree on was Calvin. Our son may still be too young to understand who his namesake is, but he's certainly living up to his cartoon counterpart's reputation!</p>
<p>-Erin, Plover, Wis.</p>
<p><b>Literary Tradition </b></p> 
<p>Our daughter, Emma Lindsay, was named early in my pregnancy. Jane Austen is my favorite author, and Emma is my favorite book. Lindsay is my husband's middle name and his grandfather's first name. Since it's no longer common as a male name, we gave it to Emma.</p>
<p>-Leanne, Calgary, Alta., Canada</p>
<p><b>Great Grandparents </b></p>
<p>We named our baby girl Lawren Zada after my grandfather Lawrence and my husband's grandmother ElZada. We have a lot of trouble with people who try to spell her name L-A-U-R-E-N, but I wanted the spelling to be like my grandfather's.</p>
<p>-Andrea, Enid, Okla.</p>
<p><b>Hollywood-Inspired </b></p>
<p>For some parents, the perfect name is as close as their TV set or movie theater. Prime-time shows, for example, are rife with characters whose monikers might strike a chord: Chandler, Monica, Dawson, Grace, and others. And there are lots of good names among actors themselves: Why not go with Gwyneth, Heath, or Halle?</p>
<p><b>Geographical </b></p>
<p>Many parents are poring over maps in search of the perfect name. Dakota, Cheyenne, Asia, India, Savannah, and China are all popular right now.</p>
<p><b>Gender-Neutral </b></p>
<p>The vast majority of babies who receive a gender-neutral name are girls. The trouble is, most names don't stay gender-neutral for long, and soon after a name like Sydney or Lindsey becomes big for girls, it's considered a girl's name.</p>
<p><b>Last Names as First Names </b></p>
<p>Females with names like Bentley, Coleman, and Ridgely and males with names like Knox and Blake could all have graduated from well-heeled Southern high schools 20 years ago. Today that trend is definitely expanding across the country.</p>
<p><b>The Next Big Thing </b></p>
<p>Madison and Alexis, both currently on the top-10 list, will stay popular for girls, says name expert Cleveland Evans, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Bellevue University, in Bellevue, Nebraska. But they'll be joined by lots of Olivias, Emmas, and Sydneys. Haley (with many different spellings), Chloe;, Sophia, Faith, Trinity, and Jada will also be big. For boys, Joseph is moving up the list, and Christian is on the rise as well. You'll also hear about many Isaiahs, Logans, and Isaacs. Trendy names of the recent past such as Taylor, Justin, and Jason are starting to wane in popularity.</p>

<p><em>Used with permission. © Meredith Corporation., All rights reserved. </em> </p>
The New Baby Name Game
<p>Use our uber-creative tips to find a moniker you're mad about.</p>
<p><b>Opposites Attract</b></p> 
<p>Check out opposite sex names. For girls, look at the boy section of your baby name book. It's a great way to find something that feels fresh and unique, without being too out-there. (Plus, gender-neutral names are so hot these days.) But be practical too, think Dylan, Campbell, or Emory -- as opposed to, say, Hank.</p>
<p><b>Choose a Foreign Name</b></p> 
<p>Flip through a foreign language dictionary. Conceived on your honeymoon in Venice? How about the Italian word for beautiful (Bella) or water (Acqua)?</p>
<p><b>Research Nicknames</b></p> 
<p>Start with the nickname. Most kid's names get shortened anyway -- so why not begin with what you're going to be calling her 90 percent of the time and work forward from there (Ella...short for Isabella).</p>
<p><b>Search in Unique Places </b></p>
<p>Mine wacky sources. Go online and dig up names from Greek mythology or from constellations. Or how about artists' names from an old college art history book? Even if you don't find anything you like, you'll definitely feel like you mined all the possible sources once you do settle on the perfect name.</p>
<p><b>Inspiration is Everywhere</b></p> 
<p>Pay attention to everything (everything!) you read. Newspapers, magazines, menus, Yellow Pages -- you never know where or when inspiration will strike!</p>
<p><b>Family Names</b></p> 
<p>Think of people in your family, or even research your family tree way back to your great great great grandparents! Discover your family history and gain some naming inspiration.</p>
<p><b>Think Character</b></p>
<p>Muse about the characteristics you would like your child to possess. Then, use one of these as a jumping off point to find names that reflect it.</p>

<p><em>Used with permission. © Meredith Corporation., All rights reserved.</em></p>
What Your Child's Name Says About You
<p>Babies start off with a clean slate, so what you choose for your little one reveals more about your personality than theirs.</p>
<p><b>Baby Naming Basics</b></p>
<p>Choosing your child's name is a big decision--after all, he'll be walking around with it for the rest of his life. And according to Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, when a child is born, the name reflects more on you than him. "The name doesn't belong to you--you're making the decision because your child can't do it for himself--but what you choose does say a lot about your personality."</p>
<p>But as your child gets older, the name will also reflect on him--especially when he's doing things like sending out job resumes. "People do draw conclusions based on someone's name," says Wattenberg. "It sends out such a strong signal before the person even walks into the room."</p>
<p>So how do you make sure you choose wisely? "When deciding on a name, you want to see it from the child's point of view and how she or he will have to live with it throughout their lives," says Jennifer Moss, author of The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book and founder of "Try the name out at your local coffee shop. How do you feel giving that as your name? What kind of reaction do you get and how does it make you feel?"</p>
<p>Check out our rundown of what your top picks say about your personality.</p>

<p><b>If your child has an unusual name, you crave the spotlight.</b></p>
<p><b>Celeb Baby Names:</b> Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow), Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee), Kal-El (Nicolas Cage)</p>
<p>Over the past few years, more and more parents (and not just celebrities) are choosing offbeat monikers for their little ones--and don't expect that trend to end anytime soon, says Wattenberg. "There is a revolution going on when it comes to baby names, and for some parents, the more unusual, the better." Wattenberg has seen such names as Zeppelin (as in Led Zeppelin), Anakin (as in Skywalker), Lucifer (as in, you know) and Mystique (like the character from X Men) handed out to babies. "Past generations worried more about their child fitting in, but today's parents want their kids to stand out. And some are in a race to be more distinctive than the next."</p>
<p>For parents who choose such names, it's a possible combination of being a creative person (like actors and musicians) and liking the attention that the name gives not only to their child, but to them for choosing it. "When you tell people your child's name, it will lead to a lot of questions--they'll want to know the back story," says Maryannna Korwitts, founder of "So it does put the parents in the spotlight."</p>
<p>In fact, these parents often have ordinary names and probably found themselves being one of four kids with their name in school. They don't want their child to experience the same thing--they want him to be noticed.</p>
<p><b>If your child has an old-fashioned name, you're on the conservative side. </b></p>
<p><b>Celeb baby names:</b> Agnes (Jennifer Connelly), Homer (Richard Gere), Tabitha (Sarah Jessica Parker)</p>
<p>Don't mistake conservative for boring, says Moss. Choosing an old-fashioned name is also on trend right now, so it's a way to be in fashion without going over the top. "The three-generation rule comes into effect here," says Wattenberg. "For parents, their own names sound boring, the baby's grandparents' names are old, but the great-grandparents' names go far enough back that they actually sound fresh again. This is why names like Emma, Amelia, Jacob, and Lillian came back into popularity."</p>
<p>"These names stand apart from the pack, but they're not made up and they don't sound weird to others," says Korwitts. "Although names like Ava and Emily are in the Top 10, most of the old-fashioned names are not used on a regular basis, so the child is standing out. They're trendy, but in a safe way."</p>
<p><b>If you choose a creative spelling, you dare to be different. </b></p>
<p><b>Celeb baby names:</b> Ryder (Kate Hudson), Rocko (Johnny Knoxville), Zowie (David Bowie and Iman)</p>
<p>Many parents are taking a traditional name and putting their own spin on it by changing the spelling. "In an effort to be different and make their kids special from the very beginning, we see a lot of names with a multitude of spellings," says Candace Alper, creator of Name Your Tune, personalized CDs for children that feature the child's name throughout much-loved kids' tunes. "We see extra vowels, silent H's, and Y's where there would traditionally be an "I" or an "E" (think Aayden, Khate, Rhyan).</p>
<p>But this technique can backfire, says Moss. "I've heard parents say they want a unique name, but not something so wild that the kid will be made fun of, so they think this is a good alternative," she explains. "But you're actually burdening your child with having to spell her name for people the rest of her life." When it comes to using a different spelling, it's best to be cautious. It's one thing to decide whether to spell Alison with one L or two, but choosing a spelling like Allysynn will likely just lead to confusion for others and possible embarrassment for your child. "It's a way of bringing attention to the child and her name, but not necessarily in a good way," says Korwitts. "And when you drastically change the spelling of a name, you're interfering with its energy."</p>

<p><b>If you choose a family name, you're sentimental.</b></p> 
<p><b>Celeb baby names:</b> Charlie (Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell's daughter is named after his brother), Vivienne Marcheline (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's daughter shares her middle name with her maternal grandmother), Ava (Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's daughter is named after his grandmother).</p>
<p>"This name has a more personal story behind it, so it's not as flashy as naming your child after your favorite car or rock star," says Wattenberg. "If it's a traditional name, people aren't going to ask you about it, so they won't know it's a family name unless you tell them. That could be why these types of names have lost some steam in recent years."</p>
<p>But she's quick to point out that you can be creative while also honoring a beloved family member. She points to Will and Jada Smith's kids as examples: son Jaden was named for his mom; daughter Willow is a play on her dad's name. "You can easily put a twist on a traditional name and give it a more modern flair, like naming your son Donovan after your grandfather, Donald," says Wattenberg. "People are also using family surnames as first or middle names and that's a great alternative because it allows you to honor a whole branch of a family tree instead of just one person," says Moss. "My daughter's name, Miranda, is her grandmother's maiden name. We were lucky that it was also a beautiful first name."</p>
<p><b>A pop culture name means you're looking for a confidence boost.</b></p>
<p><b>Celeb baby names:</b> Monroe (Mariah Carey), Lennon (Liam Gallagher), Bardot (David Boreanez)</p>
<p>The names Bella and Edward have been moving up the ranks with the success of Twilight, and even celebrities use their child's first name to honor a favorite star: Mariah Carey recently named her daughter Monroe after Marilyn, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher named his son Lennon after John, and Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell's daughter Dolly is named after mom's favorite singer, Dolly Parton.</p>
<p>"I suspect that many who name their child after a celebrity are speaking to their own desire for optimal fame," says Korwitts. "For instance, Mariah Carey has struggled a great deal during her career with her self-image, etc. No doubt in her mind she has held favorites stars of the past in high esteem, so in naming her daughter Monroe, she is paying homage to that admiration." What's especially interesting, notes Korwitts, is that Mariah didn't opt for the first name--she chose the surname as a first name, which speaks even more to the particular celebrity. "To have chosen Marilyn would have meant very little," she says. "She needed to make a public statement with her children's names."</p>
<p>These are also celebrity watchers who name their babies either after celebrities or after the names that celebrities have given their babies. "We've seen more babies named Shiloh (Angelina Jolie) and Coco (Courteney Cox)," says Alper.</p>
<p><b>If you name your child after a destination, you're adventurous. </b></p>
<p><b>Celeb baby names:</b> Egypt (Alicia Keys), Memphis (Bono), Brooklyn (Victoria and David Beckham)</p>
<p>These names often have a lot of meaning for parents, says Korwitts. "It can be where they met, spent their honeymoon, or even where the child was conceived. And this is their way of making sure their baby is given a bit of that particular place's personality."<p>
<p>These names also send out a signal to others that the parents are worldly travelers. After all, if you name your little one London, people are going to ask (or simply assume) that you've spent some time there. So the name serves as a way to show off some of your personal adventures while also giving your child an exotic and unusual name.<p>
<p><b>If you go with a unisex name, you focus on success. </b></p>
<p><b>Celeb baby names:</b> Harlow (Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden; girl), Kelley (Holly Marie Combs; boy), Mason (Kourtney Kardashian; boy; and Kelsey Grammar; girl)</p>
<p>A couple recently made headlines when they named their baby Storm, and then decided they weren't going to divulge the child's sex to family and friends after it was born. This is an extreme case, but names like Dakota, Riley, and Avery are choices for parents who want to give their child a strong but gender-neutral name.</p>
<p>"Many parents of girls do this because they think it will give her an advantage later on in life," says Korwitts. "Those names have a more assertive, aggressive quality they feel will make her more successful as she grows up."</p>
<p>But unisex names can have the opposite effect in the technology age. "People are communicating more and more over email and the Internet, and others can't tell whether they're talking to a man or a woman," explains Korwitts. "Many people with unisex names eventually alter it so that it's clear which gender they are."</p>

<p><em>Used with permission. © Meredith Corporation., All rights reserved. </em><p>
Names For Boys Or Girls
<p>For expectant parents who choose not to find out the sex of their baby before birth, choosing a unisex name may be a great way to go. This list is full of adorable baby names that are perfect for either a little boy or little girl. Some of them are simply unisex nicknames that are cute shortened versions of boy or girl names. A couple of our favorites right now are Charlie and Kennedy.</p>

<p>1.	<b>Addison:</b> Addison is popular for both boys and girls, but more so for girls since the steamy TV show Grey's Anatomy started.</p>
<p>2.	<b>Alex:</b> Alex is popular as a shortened form of Alexander and Alexandria.</p> 
<p>3.	<b>Ashley:</b> Ashley, which means "meadow of ash trees," is popular for both boys and girls.</p>  
<p>4.	<b>Andy:</b> Andy is a shortened form of Andrea and Andrew.</p>  
<p>5.	<b>Ashton:</b> This name saw a revival in popularity for boys because of actor Ashton Kutcher. It is also a popular choice for girls.</p>  
<p>6.	<b>Bert:</b> Bert is a shortened form of names such as Albert, Gilbert, Hubert, and Bernadette.</p>  
<p>7.	<b>Bobbie:</b> Bobbie is a common nickname for boys' names such as Robert and Bob, and girls' names such as Roberta and Barbara.</p>  
<p>8.	<b>Bristol:</b> Bristol is a place name for a port city in England.</p>  
<p>9.	<b>Carson:</b> Carson is a surname and place name that is rare for girls and more common for boys.</p>  
<p>10.	<b>Casey:</b> Various spellings make Casey a great name for girls or boys. It is also a common surname.</p>  
<p>11.	<b>Charlie:</b> Charlie is a shortened form or nickname for Charles and Charlotte, but also a freestanding given name. It is rising in popularity for girls.</p>  
<p>12.	<b>Connie:</b> Connie is a shortened form and nickname for Constance and Constantine, more common for a girl.</p>  
<p>13.	<b>Eli:</b> Eli is a boy's name, but also a trendy shortened name and nickname for Elizabeth.</p>  
<p>14.	<b>Halle:</b> Halle, made popular by actress Halle Berry, is also a less common boy's name.</p>  
<p>15.	<b>Jamie:</b> A nickname for James, Jamie can stand alone as a girl's or boy's name as well.</p>  
<p>16.	<b>Kelly:</b> Kelly is a hardworking name that can be found as a first, middle, or surname for both boys and girls.</p>  
<p>17.	<b>Kennedy:</b> Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, this name is more commonly found as a girl's name.</p>  
<p>18.	<b>Leslie:</b> A common Scottish-clan surname, Leslie is more common in the feminine form in the United States.</p>  
<p>19.	<b>Logan:</b> Logan is a place name that is more common in European nations.</p>  
<p>20.	<b>Morgan:</b> Morgan is traditionally a boy's name, but its contemporary form is female.</p>  
<p>21.	<b>Parker:</b> Parker is growing in popularity for both girls and boys.</p>  
<p>22.	<b>Pat:</b> Pat, which is rarely a name used on its own, is a unisex nickname for such related names as Patrick and Patricia.</p>  
<p>23.	<b>Robin:</b> Robin is an uncommon name for girls or boys.</p>  
<p>24.	<b>Ryan:</b> A common boy's name, Ryan has steadily grown in popularity as a unique girl's name. Actor Ryan Phillippe has contributed to its popularity.</p> 
<p>25.	<b>Sam:</b> Long the common short name for Samuel or Samantha, Sam is now popular on its own for both genders.</p>  
<p>26.	<b>Shannon:</b> Shannon is a place name referring to the longest river in Ireland.</p>  
<p>27.	<b>Shawn:</b> Shawn is more common as a boy's name, but it was made popular as a girl's name by Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson.</p>  
<p>28.	<b>Stacey:</b> No longer a common name for girls or boys, the varied spelling of Stacey works great for both.</p>  
<p>29.	<b>Taylor:</b> Taylor is a common surname that is also used as a given name for both girls and boys.</p>  
<p>30.	<b>Tracey:</b> This name is a good choice for parents looking for something bouncy with a variety of spellings.</p>  
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