Every year, it seems, people become more aware of the power of names. And yet names are still free and universal, which increases the pressure to find that one perfect name that defines and encapsulates all your hopes and dreams for your child.
Here, the 12 hottest trends for Baby Names 2012.
Biggest Big Picture Trend: Modern Hero Names
Mariah Carey did it perfectly when she named her daughter Monroe, a name that honored her heroine Marilyn Monroe in a distinctly modern, non-Blonde Bombshell way. Such surname names may honor heroes real or fictional, contemporary or historic, from the arts, sports, or the world stage, work for girls as well as boys. Other choices we’ve been hearing: Landry (as in football coach Tom), Gatsby (as in fictional hero The Great), and Palin (yes, as in her).