Category: Trends and Predictions

Nameberry’s Names of the Year 2016

2016 Names of the Year

By Linda Rosenkrantz and Abby Sandel

The Defining Event of 2016 may have been the presidential election, but the political names that hit the headlines –DonaldHillary? Bernard?– are unlikely to find themselves on many new baby birth certificates. And so for Nameberry’s Names of the Year we’ve looked beyond politics to other bold-faced names that reflect current trends and are prime to inspire baby names of the future.

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Baby Name Trends 2017

baby name trends 2017
America’s new conservative turn signals a complete reinvention of baby names. The newly-dominant red staters favor names that defy convention: invented names with unique spellings and nontraditional gender identities. And parents of all political beliefs are embracing names from a range of fresh sources — gods and wild animals, spiritual beliefs and childhood heroes — that all embody power. We foresee more than mere baby name trends in 2017: We predict a full-blown baby naming revolution. — by the editors of Nameberry

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A Girl Named Ezra

boys names for girls

by Pamela Redmond Satran

We all know about the once-male names like Madison and Addison, Harper and Alexis that have become popular girls’ names.

Then there are the newer names crossing the gender divide toward the girls’ side. These may still be more widely-used for boys but have now moved into the Top 1000 for girls: Sawyer, Hunter, Ryan, Dallas, Royal, and Ellis are the most notable.

More obscure than these, but way more newsworthy, are the boys’ names below the Top 1000 that are being used for sizeable numbers of girls.

We don’t mean word names like Rebel and Timber that are not intrinsically gendered or nicknames such as Billie and Joey that have long been used for girls or established unisex names such as Rowan or Robin. We’re talking about deeply traditional boys’ names that are being used, in many cases, for literally hundreds of baby girls.

In a few cases, there are powerful celebrity influences nudging these boys’ names girlward, such as Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds naming their first daughter James or Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher naming their little girl Wyatt. We’ve starred the names that are being used more often for girls thanks to a celebrity.

Most fascinating are those gender-shifting names that have been traditionally used for boys since Biblical or Roman times…or at least since 1880 in the US. Some names in this group may be international choices that have not be widely-used in the US until recently for either gender, but that are conventional male choices in their native cultures. These classically-male names, with the number of girls who were given them in the US in 2015, include:

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Romantic Girl Names

Romantic girl  names

By Abby Sandel

Love your girl names romantic, flowery, and with syllables to spare? Even as parents embrace boy names for their daughters, and put mini names like Ava and Mia in the US Top Ten, other families are going the opposite direction.

Favorites like Isabella and Olivia have led the way.

Now Kevin and Danielle Jonas gave us a great example of elaborate, even frilly names with their choice for their new arrival. Congratulations to the family on the birth of daughter Valentina Angelina, a sister for Alena Rose.

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crazy baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

You’ve probably never met anyone with the hottest names of 2016; you might never have even heard of most of them. But we predict that’s going to change, and fast.

In digging through Nameberry’s statistics to find which baby names are attracting the biggest share of new attention from parents this year versus last, we found these 16 names that are wildly unusual, distinctive, exotic – dare we say crazy? – among those leaping fastest and furthest up the ladder.

These hot baby names are inspired by a wood used to make surfboards and a hip New York neighborhood, by two ancient warriors and a celebrity entrepreneur. Here, the 16 crazy baby names that are among the hottest so far for 2016.

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