Category: baby name Florence
The most notable names of 2012 take a colorful direction this year, with influences that range from presidents to K-pop, celebrities and the characters they play, and from the web to the weather.
Our picks for the 12 names most emblematic of 2012 â plus the dozen also-rans â are:
Malala. Â Runnerup: Dilma
Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani 14-year-old who was gunned down by the Taliban for championing girlsâ education, wrote that her melodious name means âgrief stricken.âÂ Malala could well become an inspiration name choice for young girls in the Western World.Â Another female name to emerge from world politics this year is Dilma, via Brazilâs first woman president Dilma Rousseff, who was named after her mother.
The Next Olivia
Olivia was the supreme queen of girlsâ names in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in England and Wales, and was only marginally beaten by Amelia to the number 1 spot in 2011. It entered the Top 100 for the first time in the late 1980s, and has been in the Top 10 since 1999. Further down the ranks, Eliza stands at #62. Â Like Olivia before, Eliza has not ranked in the Top 100 for a century, but is now steadily rising.
Youâve recently seen the girlsâ and boysâ names that have been looked at most often on Nameberry: For the winners of our Guess Name #101 contest, scroll to the end of this blog! Â Now here is our quarterly report of the names actually used for babyberries, as reported on our Birth Announcement forum since October. (Take this as a reminder to share your news there when you have a new arrival.)
As before, this is a gorgeous bouquet of names, with a great mix of the classic and the adventurous (Hi there, Hezekiah!), which together display the sensibility we think is uniquely Nameberry, stemming from our strong community of supportive, kind and gentle, exceptionally wise and savvy opinion-sharers.
With all this richness itâs interesting to note how few repeated first name choices there areâFlorence, Louisa (and Luisa), Penelope, Miles, Wren, and Simon. Weâve added sibling names where available so you can see how these choices fit into their families.
When British Prime Minister David Cameronâs wife Samantha was due to deliver their baby recently, there was a flurry of publicity on both sides of the Atlantic concerning the odds being given by bookmakers on various name possibilities. Since this practice is unknown in the US, we put a shout out for a Britberry to explain it, and âAuburnâ answered the call.
On-track betting agencies, or “bookies”, have been around for decades, but it was with the legalisation of high street bookmakers that the industry boomed in the UK. Now, the main betting agencies – William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and the Irish Paddy Power -Â not only take betsÂ on the outcome of sporting events, but also novelty bets on the winners of TV reality shows and, most recently, what name would be given to British PM David Cameron‘s new little girl.
It would take someone with only the most casual of name interests to see that Ladbrokes sorely needs a Nameberry intervention. Its favourites were Lucy, Daisy and Samantha. Lovely names, certainly, but the first two are clearly much too popular for the Camerons, with Lucy at #14 and Daisy at #25 in the UK. The name of their older daughter, Nancy, isnât rare but is nowhere near that level of popularity. The names the couple chose for their sons Ivan, who died tragically at age six last year, and Arthur Elwen, who goes by his middle name, are downright obscure. As for Samantha, the likelihood of Sam Cam giving her second daughter her name in the first slot, when that passing down of names is fairly rare in Britain anyway, is âŚ well, letâs just say I wouldnât bet on it.
Certain other companies must have been consulting with Pam and Linda, because William Hill did much better – they gave Florence odds of 16/1: the baby was named Florence Rose Endellion, the last the Arthurian name of the patron saint of the Cornwall village where the child was born. Unfortunately, no bets were placed in her favour, but given their history of comparative accuracy you might want to put your money on Nick Clegg being Flo Cameronâs godfather (odds of 6/1).
Why has this trend of baby name betting sprung up? Itâs all about what sells, and celebrity certainly does that. Novelty bets like these attract people whoÂ have no interest in more traditional wagers. Itâs the same reason that newspapers report the odds so eagerly, too; celebrity babies make good news, but you canât just publish an article speculating on names with no evidence. Itâs beneficial to both parties for the media to quote the betting stores as though they were an authority on etymology. The pinch of salt these articles have to be taken with is indicated by the fact that one newspaper claimed Lucy was #12 on the top baby names of 2009 âŚ even though statistics for the whole year of 2009 havenât been released by the government yet.
Itâs not just names that the bookies are taking an interest in, though – Paddy Powers has novelty bets on the first country to have their head of state confirm that theyâve been in contact with aliens, when the Hadron collider will reach full power and which will be the next volcano to erupt.
Making money aside, several things imply that the betting agencies just like a bit of a giggle over their novelty bets – odds of 500/1 that the panda born recently on a Chinese reserve will be named Paddy Power suggest they donât take themselves too seriously. If you fancy a high risk flutter such as that, you could also bet on odds of 1000/1 that baby Florence will grow up to lead the Labour party (imagine those dinner table debates), and before the release of the iPad you might have considered the 100/1 possibility that it would be called âiCanât believe itâs not a newspaper.â
‘Auburn‘ is a British teen who enjoys linguistics, and by extension is a devoted name lover. She is also passionate about film, theatre and literature, and finds all three to be worthy sources of name inspiration.
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