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.
Trend Trying Hardest to Have It All: Same but Different Names
Popular names get popular for a reason: They capture the style of the times and they’re well-liked by a wide range of parents. Yet as the horror of choosing a too-popular name grows, parents search for ways to create names that are the same as the top choices yet different, a trend we see expanding in several different directions. So Number 1 girls’ name Isabella gives rise to stylistically-related choices Arabella and Annabelle; Olivia, the top name in Britain, spawns spelling variation Alivia; Emma and Emily promote brother name Emmett.