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Category: 2011 girls’ names

Vintage Nicknames for Girls

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We love Hattie, the name Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott chose for their new baby girl.Hattie is one of the vintage nicknames for girls enjoying a new turn in the sun these days, on the path paved by such big sisters as Annie and Maggie.

It’s astonishing to think that Hattie – just Hattie, all by itself, not Harriet — was Number 27 in 1880, until you realize that many other short forms were among the top choices that year.  Minnie was all the way up at Number 5, Annie was Number 11, Nellie, 18, and Bessie, 23.  Other nicknames for girls in the Top 50 included Carrie, Jennie, Mattie, Jessie, and Fannie (and obviously, the ie ending was the popular one).

We see the full-fledged revival of this trend today, with Hattie a prime example of one of the vintage nicknames for girls that feel stylish, adorable, ready for a whole new generation of babies.

While choices like Ellie, Josie, and Sadie are already rising through the charts, what follows are our favorites of the next wave of cool vintage nicknames for girls.

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Last week we brought you our hottest baby names of 2011: Those choices, from Pippa to Asher to Arlo and Adelaide, that were gaining the most views on Nameberry in the first half of this year.

Now we bring you our full list of Top Names 2011, the 100 most popular for girls and boys as well as the 25 most-searched unisex names, based on Nameberry’s figures for the first six months of the year.

Remember, these are the names that are getting looked at the most on Nameberry, not yet the names people are using the most for their babies. The Social Security Most Popular Names list comes out in May and is based on births the year before, so the most recent data is for 2010.

With our 2011 list, we’re gauging the names that are attracting the most interest right now, which we believe will translate into actual name choices over the coming years. Consider this list a predictor of future baby name trends.

Warning: These lists are really long. But we know the Berries can never get enough.

Here are the Top 100 for girls and boys and the Top 25 unisex names:

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The Hottest Baby Names of 2011

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What are the hottest new baby names this year? Based on an analysis of over 23 million page views at Nameberry since January, we’ve pegged these choices as the Hottest Names of 2011.

It’s a surprising list, driven by unexpected celebrities, rediscovered classics, and the year’s most compelling events.

Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names of 2011:

Pippa – It wasn’t only Pippa Middleton’s bottom that attracted widespread attention at the Royal Wedding; her name – both the familiar Pippa and the more formal Philippa – is the Number 1 hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry. Pippa ranks 35 on our most-searched list so far this year and did not appear at all among the 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010. While Kate is up too, it’s not nearly as hot.

Asher – The soft, Biblical Asher takes the Hottest Boys’ Name spot by virtue of having unseated Henry as the all-time Number 1 name for boys on Nameberry. For the first time in 2011, Asher has pulled ahead.

Elula – New celebrity baby name trend: Parents choose attention-getting name, then refuse to reveal the name they’ve picked, perhaps to heighten interest and publicity? This unusual choice of Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen for their second daughter was not even in our database last year – it’s a name drawn from the Hebrew calendar — and now is the Number 38 most-searched name on Nameberry.

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Charlotte is the Number 1 for girls among our most popular names 2010, cementing the lead that the royal feminine variation of Charles has held among visitors to our site all year.  Our number two and three girls’ names are Violet and Seraphina, both names of the daughters of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, which has gone far to popularize them.

Four other names on the nameberry Top 10 for girls have risen steeply through our ranks: They are Eliza, Amelia, Adelaide, and Imogen.  Names beginning with vowels count for seven of the girls’ Top 10.

Nameberry’s 2010 most popular names list counts the number of times visitors to our site searched each name throughout the year, which we like to think gives the discerning baby namer an excellent insight into which names are attracting the most buzz.   Of the 4.5 million views our name pages gathered last year, more than 11,000 went to Charlotte alone, making it the most-searched name on the site for either gender.

None of the names in the girls’ Top 10 is among the U.S. ten most popular names.  Elizabeth comes the closest, 10 on the nameberry chart and 11 on the U.S. count.

Other girls’ names we see rising most over 2010 and predict will continue to be popular in 2011 are marked with an asterisk, and include Harper, Clementine, Aurora, Leila, and Genevieve.

Check out our 2010 most popular names for boys.

Following are the nameberry Top 100 2010 most popular names for girls.

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Nameberry Picks: 12 Best Old Lady Names

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Old lady names are wonderful because they’re both classic and quirky, timeless yet intriguing. And they tend to have admirable antecedents, whether they’re famous women, literary heroines, or even beloved members of your own family.

Here, our favorite 12 old lady names right now.

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Ada is an old lady name that's simple enough to appeal to the modernist, who may also be inspired by namesake Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and the first female "computer programmer." Ada was also the name of a heroine of novelist Vladimir Nabokov and the wife and muse of artist Alex Katz; this is one of Katz's many paintings of her.

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