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If you look back far enough, you can trace Basil to the ancient Greek word for "king". More recently, however, it's associated with the tasty herb of the same name, which — coincidentally — was named as a consequence of its ancient heritage, at which point we come full circle.
While the last time this name was wildly popular was during the 1910s (when 126 per every million babies were named that way), it's about time it made a comeback!
Not only is it short, snappy and hard to mispronounce, but it also makes a pretty great international name; there are variations in many languages. But perhaps most critically, it doesn't rhyme with anything too terrible. Razzle dazzle Basil?
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If you take the Latin course, then Rosemary means "dew of the sea" and is associated with faithfulness, which is quite nice. Of course, it also bears strong ties to the lovely aromatic herb.
At its peak time in the 1940s, 1,128 babies in every million were named Rosemary. It has tapered off a bit since, but has remained on the radar and, in recent years, has risen to about 200 babies per million.
There is a heap of really cool ways to shorten the name and turn it into adorable nicknames: Rosie, Mary, Rose, Ro, Romy, Rory — take your pick.
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You can take Sage two ways — to mean "wise", "prophet" and "all-knowing" or "herb", like the one you use to add some flavour to your dishes.
Here's something interesting: Sage as a girls' name only burst onto the scene in 2005, but has remained pretty steady (about 210 per million babies) since then. The boys' version (spelled the same way) took a little longer to get going, showing up on the radar in 2012, but has been consistent since then (about 80 per million babies).
Aside from a cool meaning, it's a great, snappy unisex name and — from a typographic point of view — is a pretty name to write and read.
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Pure, virginal, chaste — that is actually the meaning behind the name, but it's also associated with the zesty (and edible) root and a strong and lively spirit that comes part and parcel.
A real hit in the 1970s where it represented 351 per million babies, Ginger disappeared into the abyss soon after, which is a shame really.
Ginger Rogers, anyone? It's a fun, retro name that is also an important ingredient in some of the world’s best cocktails.
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As a shorter version of "Kalen", it has a Gaelic heritage and when pronounced "Kah-lei" it means "strong and manly" in Hawaiian. However, in its pure, one-syllable form, it shares its moniker with the leafy super food.
While it existed in other forms for much longer, in its modern version, Kale hit the peak of its popularity in 2008 with 128 per million babies.
Who doesn't love kale? It's a super food for a reason. It's also a fun unisex name and unisex names are — just by their very existence and definition — cool.
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In French, Coco is an endearing way you might call someone you love. Deliciously, it was influenced by the word "cocoa" as well as by the French word "cocotte" (kept woman).
In truth, the name never made any great waves worldwide, however, the effortless chic of Coco Chanel has made it an everlasting and ever-current presence.
It's playful, in some way related to chocolate, it was Coco Chanel's name and, because it never dominates name lists, there probably won't be three Cocos in every class.
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"Perfection" (in Arabic) or "noble" (in French) — no matter how you slice it (or whether you spell it with a "c" or a "k"), it ain't bad. What's more, in German, Kamille means "chamomile" — the daisy-like flowers that make spectacular tea.
Although it doesn't have a long history in the English-speaking world, the name Kamille did hit a peak recently — in 2011 — when 65 out of every million babies were named that way.
It's a German word that isn't terrifying in the least and also a tasty tea. In addition, it works in several languages and comes with a range of great nicknames: Kammie, Kam, Millie, Mils, Mila.
There weren't many famous people who spelled their name with a "k", but switch it with a "c" and it's a veritable list of movers and shakers.
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