Category: 2012 baby names
We wish we’d thought of the Nameberry Awards.
But the entertaining and illuminating awards given by popular vote to the best names in a range of categories was the brainchild of Genevieve, over on the Nameberry forums.
We see Nameberry favorites such as Charlotte and Genevieve, Henry and Theo showing up in the results. But there are many surprises as well: Rowan chosen as a top unisex name for both girls and boys, for instance. Indiana voted the top celebrity baby name for girls.
But rather than describing the results to you, we’ll just bring you the winners and runners up in all the categories. The Nameberry Awards go to:
Best Top 100 Girls’ Name
Now it’s the boys’ turn at the Top 100 list. These are the most popular names gauged by visitors to their pages so far in 2012.
As with the national list, the boys’ top names are more stable than the girls’ — though the Nameberry list is very different from the U.S. list. Our Top 5 names are the same as in 2010, with the exception of new entrant Milo.
Trends on our boys’ Top 100:
— The Nameberry list is geared to non-traditional but deeply-rooted boys’ names. We see this trend on the U.S. list as well, but it’s even more pronounced in our statistics — which indicates that overall trend will continue to move toward unconventional boys’ names and away from standards such as Robert and John. The exceptions: Henry, James, and William. But however unconventional, the Nameberry favorites, from mythological Irish Finn to Biblical Asher, have deep roots.
— Celebrities and pop culture are important, but not as important as for girls. We see Finn, partially inspired by Glee, at Number 1 and Atticus in the Top 10 thanks to To Kill A Mockingbird. While other names — Jude, Liam, Emmett, Hudson, Arlo — have risen on the heels of popular stars, celebrity babies, and movie and TV characters — we see this influence on boys’ names less pronounced than on girls’.
Yesterday you told us about the new baby names you’ve heard and seen; today we bring you Nameberry’s newest baby names, those we’ve encountered over the past weeks and added to the Nameberry database.
It may seem odd to some people that after 25 years of writing about names, there are still new baby names to discover. But as you berries know, that’s one of the best things about names: No matter how long you study them, no matter how much you read about them, there are always new ones out there.
Some of these, of course, are invented names, more and more every year as parents reach harder to come up with an appellation that’s unique….or at least yooneek. Then there are those obscure names in the Old Testament or other ancient sources, names from around the world that haven’t migrated beyond their native shores, new first names drawn from established surnames or place-names or nature sources.
We mentioned a couple of our new baby names in yesterday’s blog and will offer others in future postings. Here, ten more of the newest names on Nameberry and where we found them:
For the new year, we thought it would be fun to ask you to post the new baby names 2012 you’ve heard or see lately, on babies or in movie credits or in the newspaper or even new choices you’ve encountered on Nameberry.
We think we’ve heard them all…..until we encounter a new name, which seems to happen every other day. We’re always adding new names to Nameberry.
Some recent name sightings that were new to us and that we added to Nameberry: Avdel, an Old Testament name that means “servant of God,” and Roreto, an Italian place-name a Berry used for her son and enlightened us about. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a longer list of the new baby names 2012 we’ve added to Nameberry.
What new names have YOU encountered? Where did you find them? And what if anything can you tell us about them?