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Written by Darci Tomky   

Names are just interesting. Everyone has a name, whether they like it or not. Some people love their names while others wonder just what their parents were thinking.

So what do parents think? What goes into the process of naming a baby?

Whether sporting a baby bump right now and prepping the little one’s new room or simply celebrating as friends and family welcome babies into the world, it’s fun to look at evolving baby name trends over the years.

An online article on has four interesting points to consider when naming a baby.

First, parents can go timeless. Think of names like John, James, William, David, Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth. They aren’t necessarily connected to any one decade or period of time. Timeless and classy.

These names are often inspired by royalty or people in the Bible. “There’s something cool about a common bond with centuries of previous humans,” said the article. “They’re bigger than any one generation.”

Timeless names are always popular, but that means they might get a little boring when half the people in town have the same name.

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While William is consistently one of the top boy names, many more babies were named William in the 1880s (at left), than in 2012 as there is a shift away from conformity. (Graph generated at

Holyoke Enterprise May 15, 2014