Category: 2013 baby names
2013 has been an interesting year for British appellations. As it comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the most prevalent trends and influences on baby names in Britain this year.
One syllable ‘B’ names have been particularly noticeable this year. Beau/Bo and Bay have proven to be popular unisex choices while vintage Bea is also seeing a revival as both a nickname for rising Beatrice and Beatrix and a stand-alone choice. All three have been particularly popular this year as short and sweet middle names
Similarly, Bear not only made headlines as the name of Kate Winslet’s newborn son recently, it has also seen action as a middle name in the UK this year, much akin to Jamie Oliver’s Buddy Bear Morris. Some intrepid British parents are using Bear as a creative nickname for Arthur; others are braving it as a first name.
We’re always adding new names to the database, and here are Nameberry’s ten newest baby names 2013:
Sunniva — Thanks, Mom2Seven, for urging us to add the ancient saint’s name Sunniva to the Nameberry database. Saint Sunniva was born in Ireland but fled to Norway when an invading heathen king wanted to marry her. With her followers, she hid in a cave on a Norwegian island. After her death, miracles on the island led to an excavation of the cave, where Sunniva‘s body was found intact. Sunniva, pronounced SOON-ee-va, is the patron saint of Western Norway, making this a distinctive choice for a family with Norwegian ancestry. That’s her above on a Norwegian stamp.
Swithin — Saint Swithin, whose name is also spelled Swithun, is well-known throughout Britain for his July 15 feast day, which is believed to determine the weather for the next 40 days. The original Swithin was the bishop of Winchester, where his remains are interred in the famous cathedral.
As 2012 faded into 2013, the world welcomed many a new little life. Re-reading birth announcements, I was struck by something.
None of them received outlandish names, but every one of them seemed nicely creative.
Some are memorable and meaningful choices, while others are mainstream firsts paired with unexpected middles.
Does it speak to an age where we won’t dismiss names as weird? Have we stopped worrying that our children can’t be district attorneys or heart surgeons if we name them something other than Katherine or James? Are filler middles really gone for good?
It all adds up to a great year ahead for baby names – whether you’re naming a child or just spending lots of time thinking about what we might name a child. And that’s before we consider the latest addition to the Kardashian family …