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by Jay Reeves |

These are the Top Trending Baby Names

If you think you’re seeing more baby girls named Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Sophia and Ava, you’re not mistaken. Likewise for boys named Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah and Mateo.

Those are some of the top-trending names for newborns, according to BabyCenter.

On the other end of the spectrum are Kyle, Walter, Royce, Wade and Seth for boys and Hayden, Mira, Kate, London and Joy for girls. Those names are on the road to extinction, per Baby Center.

Top 10 Baby Names for Boys

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. Mateo
  6. Lucas 
  7. Levi
  8. Asher
  9. James
  10. Leo


Top 10 Baby Names for Girls

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Amelia 
  4. Ava
  5. Sophia
  6. Isabella
  7. Luna
  8. Mia
  9. Charlotte
  10. Evelyn

Top 10 Endangered Names for Boys

  1. Arjun
  2. Walter
  3. Rory
  4. Khalid
  5. Royce
  6. Nehemiah
  7. Kameron
  8. Wade
  9. Kane
  10. Kian


Top 10 Endangered Names for Girls

  1. Hayden
  2. Ariyah
  3. Mira
  4. Kate
  5. Katherine
  6. Hanna
  7. Leia
  8. Joy 
  9. Vanessa
  10. Alayah

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Law Firm Names, Letterheads, and Professional Designations

From the NC Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1:

Comment [5] Firm names, letterhead and professional designations are communications concerning a lawyer’s services. A firm may be designated by the names of all or some of its current principals or by the names of deceased or retired principals where there has been a succession in the firm’s identity. The name of a retired principal may be used in the name of a law firm only if the principal has ceased the practice of law. A lawyer or law firm also may be designated by a trade name, a distinctive website address, social media username or comparable professional designation that is not misleading. A law firm name or designation is misleading if it implies a connection with a government agency, with a deceased or retired lawyer who was not a former principal of the firm, with a lawyer not associated with the firm or a predecessor firm, with a nonlawyer or with a public or charitable legal services organization. If a firm uses a trade name that includes a geographical name such as “Springfield Legal Clinic,” an express statement explaining that it is not a public or charitable legal services organization may be required to avoid a misleading implication.

Comment [6] A law firm with offices in more than one jurisdiction may use the same name or other professional designation in each jurisdiction, but identification of the lawyers in an office of the firm shall indicate the jurisdictional limitations on those not licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the office is located.

Comment [7] Lawyers may not imply or hold themselves out as practicing together in one firm when they are not a firm, as defined in Rule 1.0(d), because to do so would be false and misleading. It is also misleading to use a designation such as “Smith and Associates” for a solo practice.

Comment [8] This Rule does not prohibit the employment by a law firm of a lawyer who is licensed to practice in another jurisdiction, but not in North Carolina, provided the lawyer's practice is exclusively limited to areas that do not require a North Carolina law license. The lawyer's name may be included in the firm letterhead, provided all communications by such lawyer on behalf of the firm indicate the jurisdiction in which the lawyer is licensed as well as the fact that the lawyer is not licensed in North Carolina.

Comment [9] If law offices are maintained in another jurisdiction, the law firm is an interstate law firm and must register with the North Carolina State Bar as required by 27 N.C. Admin. Code 1E.0200 et seq.


SOURCES: Top endangered baby names of 2023 | BabyCenter

Most popular baby names of 2022 | BabyCenter

Rule 7.1 Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services | North Carolina State Bar (


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