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Biggest Big Picture Trend: Two-for-one names
For baby names 2011, we predict the emergence of two-for-one names: very proper proper names – think Louise and Arthur, Beatrix and Abraham – with lighter-than-air, even silly nicknames: Lulu, Bee, Bunny, and Bram. From the parents’ perspective, they get two very different names for the price of one, which can be an advantage to children as they grow up too: You can be Lulu at the nightclub, Louise on the Harvard app.