Category: Baby Name News

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Our final roundup of babyberries announced in 2016 includes some wonderful choices.

There were two sets of girl-girl twins: Caroline Anais and Kathleen Amelie, and Quincy Crew and Sloane Shaefer.

Inspirations included beloved ancestors and friends, songs, astrology, and a painting. I love the constellation-themed sibset of Orion, Cassiopeia, Lyra and Caelum paired with nature-world middles Bay, Willow, Maple and Ocean. Another great sibset: Atlas and Archer.
Congrats to all!

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Last of the 2016 Celebrity Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

It happens every year! We press publish on our Best of Celebrity Baby Names story, only to have a whole bunch of beautifully named babies arrive in December.

If we’d waited until this week to write our round-up for the year, at least a few of these might have unseated some of our 2016 favorites. Or not. It’s been a good year for baby names, names that hit the different-but-not-too-different sweet spot.

Let’s take a look at the end-of-year arrivals, and the stylish names that might prove every bit as influential as those born earlier in 2016.

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2016.

TRADITIONAL NON-PERENNIALS

It looks like Oliver and Olivia will be the big hits of 2016. Oliver has been #1 in England and Wales since 2013 and is set to keep his crown. Olivia has taken second place to Amelia since 2011. But the births for Amelia have been steadily going down, and Olivia creeping up. Olivia has also taken the #1 spot in Scotland this year according to provisional data for 2016.

Both Olivia and Oliver are names with a lot of history, but were both quite rare in use up until the 18th and 19th century respectively. This gives them the same elegant, grounded feel as many “classic” perennial favourites, without feeling too tired or commonplace.

Several other names fitting this same bill have also seen a rise this year including Jasper, Ralph, Lachlan, Tobias, Ottilie, Alexandra, Aurora, Claudia and Beatrix.

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V Baby Names: Deveraux, Octavian, and more

By Abby Sandel

Mick Jagger may be a great-grandfather, but he’s also a new dad. He and ballerina Melanie Hamrick have welcomed a son. It’s her first child, his eighth. They’ve named the baby Deveraux Octavian Basil.

It’s quite the dramatic name. Octavian might honor his status as eighth child, and it can also refer to his December 8th birthday. Basil seems to come from Mick’s dad, the late BasilJoeJagger.

But how about Deveraux? The name picks up on several trends. It’s a longer surname choice, like Harrison or Sullivan. It’s got that great, upbeat ‘o’ ending, like Arlo and Leo. But most powerfully, Devereaux claims that v-in-the-middle sound, shared by chart-toppers for boys and girls alike.

Move over Oliver, Levi and Maverick; Ava, Evelyn, and Genevieve. There’s a whole new list of possible names with v somewhere in the middle. Just like baby Jagger’s name, they’re unexpected and under-the-radar – for now.

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celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel

We know that celebrity baby names can impact the popularity charts for years to come. Way before Emily Blunt welcomed baby Hazel, its choice by Julia Roberts pushed it an astonishing 600 places up the US popularity chart. Heather Locklear and Reese Witherspoon were moms to early Avas, which turned that old Hollywood Glamour name into a modern star. And Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford were both dads to sons named Liam more than a decade before it reached the US Top Ten.

So which star choices of the past year are most likely to inspire the baby names the rest of us choose?

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