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Baby Names 2012: What’s Hot Now

The hottest baby names 2012 – those attracting the biggest spikes in views on Nameberry for the first six months of this year – are an astonishing group: Highly unusual yet strangely familiar, heavily influenced by pop culture yet boldly individualistic.

The strongest baby name influences right now: Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and ancient Rome.  Many of the hot names relate to nature and to worlds beyond our own.  And most share a transcendence of traditional gender identity, containing elements of names for the opposite gender if not crossing over to unisex territory.

Nameberry’s hottest names of the year, which we predict you’ll be hearing lots more of in the future, are:

Senna

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The female Senna and its near-identical male twin Cinna dominate the top of Nameberry’s hot list, both up a mind-blowing 1500 percent over last year. But we predict Senna, name of a Twilight vampire and a tragic racecar driver, will be used more often in real life. Like Cinna, Senna carries a Hunger Games influence: It’s an obscure botanical name meaning “brightness” in Arabic, an ingredient in a dieters’ tea.

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