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Thanksgiving-Worthy Baby Names

Thanksgiving often seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas—especially when the stores seem to start putting up their Christmas displays before you're done with your back-to-school shopping. And it's a shame, as it's a pretty great holiday: When else are you encouraged to think of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for—and enjoy a fabulous meal with friends and family? If you're looking for a baby name that suits the meaning of this particular season—gratitude, friendship and kindness—here are some options for you.

Alden This charming boys' name makes a nice alternative to Aiden. It means friends.

Amity This sweet virtue name is virtually unheard of, but has a lovely meaning—friendship.

Charity This charming old-school virtue name just cracked the top 1000, and seems particularly perfect for the season.

Concord Considered a boys' virtue name, Concord is a word that means peace and harmony.

Connelly This Irish boys' name means love and friendship—and would make a lovely girls' name, too.

Edwin This old-school variant on Edward means wealthy friend—and makes a winning way to pay homage to an Edward in your family tree.

Dakota is a Sioux name meaning "friendly one," and has been popular for both boys and girls since the 1980s.

Mercy Another old-school virtue name, Mercy means compassion, and has become one of the more popular virtue names for girls.

Rowena This lovely Welsh name has become more noticed since J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter for the name of one of Hogwarts' founders. It means famous friend.

Shakir This Arabic name means thankfulness. Shaquille O'Neal gave the variant spelling Shaqir to his son.

Zendaya An African name that literally means "to give thanks." Its most famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman, who starred on Disney Channel's Shake it Up and took a spin on Dancing With the Stars that almost netted her the disco ball prize.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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