Sunday, March 19, 2006

Julius

Gender: male
U.S. rank in 2004: 383
U.S. rank in 1900: 108
Namesake: a certain emperor



A more solid variation on the soft-sounding Julian, though the generation that frequented malls in the '80s may forever be reminded of a slushy orange drink.

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Matilda

Gender: female
U.S. rank in 2004: not in the top 1000
U.S. rank in 1900: 178
Namesake: Matilda of Flanders, England's smallest queen!



Despite its non-pacifist origin (it means "mighty warrior"), today Matilda is slyly hip, shaking off its great-grandma status. Tillie is a cool flapperesque nickname, far preferable to Miranda's Randy.

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