Category: Baby Name News
Sometimes the changes are subtle.Â In the late 1800s, Sallie was more popular than Sally.Â In the 1950s, Kerry, Jimmie, and Lester were ordinary names for little boys, and their sisters were called Toni, Yolanda, and Marlene.
â€¦ it makes sense that we constantly adapt and expand our vocabulary to account for new concepts, events, inventions, etc. For example, we may invent new words, give existing words new meanings, or borrow words from other languages.
Looking for truly unusual and distinctive baby names?Â Then we have an amazing collection for you: thousands of names never in the US Top 1000 collected in the very first Nameberry book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names. Â Here is a sampling of a dozen of those wonderful names; for thousands more, download your copy of the book today! Â
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Every year, a small number of new names manages to move onto the Top 1000 list for the first time ever.Â Sometimes this marks the beginning of a climb up the ladder, other times itâ€™s a name that will linger in the nether regions, and sometimes it might prove to be a one-shot wonderâ€”perhaps an eccentric spelling picked up by just enough parentsÂ to make the grade.
In 2011, for instance, we saw the debuts of such nouveau names as Elliot for girls, Aviana, Blakely, Juniper, Liv, and Temperance; Bowen, Brecken, Flynn, the musical Crosby and Hendrix, the presidential Nixon and the Ivy League Princeton.
But how about the recently released list?Â Of the forty-five possibilities, here are the Nameberry Picks for the twelve most promising newbies of 2012.
Azaleaâ€”Though there were fewer than three hundred baby girls given this name in 2012, it has now definitely crossed over from the wilder fringes into the main flower garden.Â Azalea embodies a delightful combination of the fragrant floral with a shot of z-infused energy.
Â There were dozens of stories in the baby name news last week, but they all shared a common theme: the Social Security Administrationâ€™s release of the 2012 baby name data
We talked about Titan and Briggs, Landry and Geraldine.Â About how Jacob remained number one, but only if you didnâ€™t tally up the many spellings of Aiden, Jackson, and Jayden.Â Televisionâ€™s influence was clear â€“ Arya and Aria, Litzy, Major, and Jase.Â Movies, sports, and music shaped our choices, too, as did faith.Â Nevaehâ€™s little brother might just be called Messiah.
But what about the quiet classics, the names that rise and fall, but still appear in nearly every generation?Â Hemlines change.Â We graduated from the party line to the iPhone, the horse to the Prius.Â And yet these names remain, worn by men and women, boys and girls of every age.
JacobÂ remains the most popular name for boys for the 14thÂ year in a row.Â An Old Testament name that means â€śsupplanterâ€ť and a cousin ofÂ James,Â JacobÂ has been in the Top Ten for nearly two decades.
Sophia, which took the crown as the Number 1 girls’ name last year, is a Greek name that means “wisdom.” Â It entered the Top 10 in 2006.
Arya and Major were the fastest-rising names for 2012. Â Arya’s popularity stems from the show and book Game of Thrones, while Major is a military name featured on reality TV show Home by Novogratz.
Second fastest-risers Gael and Perla are widely used by parents of Spanish descent.
The complete Top Ten are: