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Top baby names of 2022 trend toward cowboys, nature and ‘coastal granny’: report

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A popular parenting resource has identified top baby names and shifting trends after consulting hundreds of thousands of parents who named an infant in 2022.

BabyCenter, an online media company under the Everyday Health Group – Pregnancy & Parenting (EHG P&P), released a baby name report based on responses it received from parents who welcomed “about 416,000 babies” this year from Jan. 1 through Nov. 1.

Researchers at BabyCenter analyzed the submitted names and narrowed down the top 100 names for newborn girls and boys. 

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Emerging trends were also identified by the “2022 Most Popular Baby Names” report.

The top 10 names for girls are Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Luna, Mia, Charlotte and Evelyn.

“Evelyn is the only new baby girl name to crack the top 10 in 2022 – pushing Harper out,” BabyCenter wrote in its report.

The name Isabella moved up one spot compared to last year’s list while the name Luna moved up two spots and Charlotte moved down three spots, according to BabyCenter.

Top baby names for girls in 2022: BabyCenter 

Olivia was the top baby name for girls in 2022, according to BabyCenter.

Olivia was the top baby name for girls in 2022, according to BabyCenter.
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1. Olivia

2. Emma

3. Amelia

4. Ava

5. Sophia

6. Isabella

7. Luna

8. Mia

9. Charlotte

10. Evelyn

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Name trends BabyCenter noticed for girls include uplifting nouns, references to nature or astronomy and names that seem to fit the “coastal grandmother” trend, which is a fashion and style aesthetic that people associate with wealthy middle-aged women who live near a beach.

The “utopian” and “optimistic” noun names that are trending upward are Dream, Alora (Latin for “dreamer”), Miracle, Legacy, Heaven and Destiny.

Popular names related to nature or the sky include Oaklynn, Violet, Willow, Iris, Meadow, Juniper, Ivy, Nova, Aurora and Lyla (Hebrew for “night beauty”).

Rising coastal granny names include Rosemary, Mae, Eloise, Mabel, Hazel, Ada, Alice and Adeline.

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The top 10 names for boys are Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah, Mateo, Lucas, Levi, Asher, James and Leo, according to BabyCenter.

“Two new boy names did enter the top 10: Mateo jumped from 11 to five, pushing Lucas down into the sixth spot, while Levi shifted from six to seven,” BabyCenter wrote in its report.

The names Liam, Noah, Oliver and Elijah maintained their spots in the top four while the name Leo moved up two spots compared to last year’s list. Mason and Ethan fell out of the top 10, according to BabyCenter

Top baby names for boys in 2022: BabyCenter

Liam was the top baby name for boys in 2022, according to BabyCenter.

Liam was the top baby name for boys in 2022, according to BabyCenter.
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1. Liam

2. Noah

3. Oliver

4. Elijah

5. Mateo

6. Lucas

7. Levi

8. Asher

9. James

10. Leo

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Name trends BabyCenter noticed for boys include the letter X, references to nature-based nouns and names that remind people of western cowboys.

Three X names that rose for boys are Maddox, Jaxton and Onyx. The nature names that grew in popularity are River, Legend, Atlas and Wren.

The western cable TV show “Yellowstone” might have influenced parents in 2022, according to BabyCenter.

Rising “baby names from the wild west” reportedly include Dutton, Kayce, Rip, Stetson, Waylon, Walker, Wyatt and Maverick.

BabyCenter reports that “cowboy culture” has extended to boys and girls with parents opting to choose names after states, such as Texas, Montana, Dakota and Arizona.

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Celebrities and pop culture may have had an impact on the names parents chose for their children in 2022, BabyCenter’s report suggests.

The name Elon was “this year’s fastest falling baby name” and BabyCenter says it might be related to Elon Musk.

A similar drop in popularity was reportedly seen in the names Will, Jada and Chris post-slap at the 94th Academy Awards. 

The name Amber “fell 176 spots in 2022” and the name Johnny “rose 16 spots” after the high-profile defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, BabyCenter reports.

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BabyCenter’s name trend report found a link between baby names and tennis stars with the significant rise of Serena (linked to Serena Williams), Venus (linked to Venus Williams), Naomi (linked to Naomi Osaka), Coco (linked to Coco Gauff) and Roger (linked to Roger Federer).

Baby name books and online resources have been identifying name trends for expecting parents.

Baby name books and online resources have been identifying name trends for expecting parents.
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The parenting resource also found upward trends in names from Disney’s “Encanto” – Mirabel, Alma, Julieta and Bruno – and Marvel’s “Spider-Man” franchise – Parker, May, Mary Jane, Michelle, Ned and Otto.

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BabyCenter’s report reiterated that it sourced baby name data from BabyCenter users. The platform went on to say that its parent company, EHG P&P, reaches 91% of families experiencing first-time pregnancies and 85% families experiencing pregnancies in the U.S.

For more stats on name trends, visit babycenter.com/baby-name-trends.

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10 facts about Black History Month that are well worth knowing during observances in February

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Every February, the nation celebrates Black History Month by honoring the contributions African Americans have made throughout history, while also recognizing that the fight for racial justice continues.

Previously, the theme for Black History Month was Black Health and Wellness, as outlined by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. This year, the association has announced the month’s theme is “Black resistance” with a planned virtual festival hosted by the association throughout February. 

“African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings since our arrival upon these shores,” said the ASALH in a statement. 

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“These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction,” added the association. 

Jesse Jackson and others pose with copies of "Paul Robeson, the Great Forerunner" by the editors of Freedomways, 1980.

Jesse Jackson and others pose with copies of “Paul Robeson, the Great Forerunner” by the editors of Freedomways, 1980.
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Scores of events across the country – in cities, communities, college campuses and more – are scheduled for this month.

10 key facts about Black History Month

1. The current population of Black and African Americans is 46.9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Also, 89.4% of African Americans age 25 and older had a high school diploma or higher in 2020, as Fox10 Phoenix reported.

2. A founder of ASALH, Carter G. Woodson, first had the idea of celebrating Black history. Woodson was born in 1875 to newly freed Virginia slaves. He later earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He worried that Black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements in American schools in the early 1900s, as Fox 10 noted.

3. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week – the precursor for this month’s celebrations and events – changed into what is now known as Black History Month. In February 1969, a group of Black activist students and teachers at Kent State conducted the first celebration of Black History Month. Within a decade, Black social and cultural institutions throughout the country were celebrating the month, and by 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized it. 

4. The month of February was picked for Black History Month because it contained the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, and Douglass, a former slave who did not know his precise birthday, celebrated his date of birth on Feb. 14, Fox 10 also noted.

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5. ASALH has celebrated Negro History Week and Black History Month for 96 years. Woodson, along with the association, announced in 1926 that the second week of February would commemorate the achievements of Black Americans. Initially, prominent Black leaders and newspapers supported the idea, and some education centers along the East Coast observed the monthly celebration. 

6. Fifty years after the first celebrations, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month at the country’s 1976 bicentennial. Ford called on Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” as History.com noted.

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7. Forty years after Ford’s recognition of Black History Month, President Barack Obama delivered this message, in part, from the White House: “Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes… It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans.”

Former President Barack Obama 

Former President Barack Obama 
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8. Canada also commemorates Black History Month in February. Although Black Canadians are approximately 3.5% of the country’s total population, community leaders and activists still celebrate the historical achievements of the Black community. Canadian politicians Jean Augustine and Donald Oliver were instrumental in getting Black History Month officially recognized in the country by 2008. 

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9. At the time of Negro History Week’s launch in 1926, Woodson believed the teaching of Black history was key to the physical and intellectual survival of the race: “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” he said in part, as the Journal of Negro History reported.

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10. The 2023 theme for Black History Month is resistance; past themes have included Black health and wellness, family, migration and Black women in American culture and history, among others.

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Reddit user asks her adult daughter to pay half the monthly rent and utilities — family drama ensues

A Reddit user sought advice from others on whether it was OK or not for her to ask her adult daughter to split the rent with her.

Reddit user “throwaway_dating224” posted on the “Am I the A*****e” (AITA) subreddit on Jan. 30 asking if she was in the wrong for wanting her live-in 25-year-old daughter to pay part of the house rent payment.

The user said her daughter moved into her home in 2019 while she was attending college. 

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It’s unclear from the post whether the daughter had moved out, then moved back in; but the daughter has since graduated from college and gotten a paying job, although not enough to move out on her own. 

“I have asked her to split the cost of rent and utilities in half with me … and [she] doesn’t consider it fair,” the user wrote. 

The Reddit user said her daughter (not pictured) does not want to pay rent to her mom for her share of the home — claiming she's either saving for her own extended education or a down payment on a house. 

The Reddit user said her daughter (not pictured) does not want to pay rent to her mom for her share of the home — claiming she’s either saving for her own extended education or a down payment on a house. 
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The poster said her daughter does not want to live with her and has told her that she’s saving money for continued education or a down payment on a house. 

The mother and daughter live in an area with a high cost of living, the Redditor said — but their rent is below average for the area. 

“Why are you too tired to move your stuff but not too tired to cash your daughter’s checks?”

Additionally, the mother said her daughter refuses to invite guests to the house, as she is “embarrassed at the state of the house,” repeatedly asking her mother to get rid of items in the home to make space for more of her things. 

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The mother claims she tends to be tired after work and finds it hard to clean up after herself once she’s back home.

The daughter (not pictured) claims her mother does not pick up around the house and that there's no room for all of her things, the Redditor wrote in her Jan. 30 post detailing a family standoff. 

The daughter (not pictured) claims her mother does not pick up around the house and that there’s no room for all of her things, the Redditor wrote in her Jan. 30 post detailing a family standoff. 
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The Redditor ultimately wanted to know if it’s OK to ask her daughter to split the rent costs 50-50. 

An expert weighs in

This scenario is an example of a classic power struggle between a child and a parent, California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant told Fox News Digital.

As a parent, there are three choices for how to approach this situation, Tousignant, a parenting expert for Parentdifferently.com, said. 

“Use your power to force or coerce, give in and let your child dictate the complete outcome — or use love, empathy and patience to come up with a solution with your child,” she also said. 

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The daughter in this situation is aware of the consequences of her actions as well as the concept of personal boundaries, said Tousignant, who recommended that the mother and daughter have a civil conversation. 

“Why should she pay half when the home is filled with all [of] your things?”

“The mother needs to come to the table with compassion for her daughter but boundaries for herself — and the daughter needs to come to the table with respect for her mother and accountability for her actions,” the expert recommended. 

The mother and daughter (not pictured) each need to "come to the table" with key points to make in a conversation, said California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant.

The mother and daughter (not pictured) each need to “come to the table” with key points to make in a conversation, said California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant.
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Reddit users offered varying opinions on the hot topic. 

“Why should she pay half when the home is filled with all [of] your things?” one commenter wrote, addressing the mother. 

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Another user commented to the mom, “Why are you too tired to move your stuff but not too tired to cash your daughter’s checks?”

On the other hand, some users agree that the daughter should be pitching in and helping with expenses — but maybe not at a 50-50 split.

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“Charging her rent? Fine, no problem there,” one Reddit user responded. 

“But if she doesn’t have … use of half the space in the home yet, then remedy that before you charge her or adjust the rent [percentage] accordingly,” the same user added.

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