Category: Trends and Predictions
By Tara Ryazansky
Here’s the latest in Tara’s continuing series offering her predictions of what the next batch of starbabies will be named. Be sure to add your own guesses in the comments.
Although everyone is wondering and talking about what the name of North’s baby brother will be, I am just as excited to learn about the names these other celebrities will pick for their babies. Let’s see how close I come to answering correctly.
Have you ever been frustrated to find that a name you’ve loved for years is actually more popular than you thought?
When I was ten or so, I remember thinking the names Piper and Cooper were adorable and unique. While my personal tastes have changed quite bit in the last fifteen years, I still tend to steer clear of names I deem “too popular.” Both of my “unique” choices are now in the SSA Top 100, and I can only watch helplessly as many of the baby names I’ve loved for years trend tragically upwards.
By Abby Sandel
Filler middle names are a thing of the past.
It’s a 21st century baby naming reality. Not only do we obsess over finding the perfect first name, we have to find middles that hit the right note, too.
That wasn’t always the case. If you were born in the 1980s, there’s a good chance that your parents named you Melissa Ann. Or maybe you’re Heather Marie. In the last decade or two, names like Rose and Grace became favorite middles for girls.
But what about those names that have been off the list for a decade or longer — sometimes more than half a century! — and are now making a comeback?
There were only 13 such reborn names on the Top 1000 for 2014. It may be questionable to call some of them classics as they only entered widespread use in the 1970s or 80s. But many of these names were hugely popular 100 or more years ago and are true classic names once again spreading their wings.