Category: baby name Penelope
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 – plus the dozen also-rans – are:
Malala. Runnerup: Dilma
Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani 14-year-old who was gunned down by the Taliban for championing girls’ education, wrote that her melodious name means “grief stricken.” Malala could well become an inspiration name choice for young girls in the Western World. Another female name to emerge from world politics this year is Dilma, via Brazil’s first woman president Dilma Rousseff, who was named after her mother.
We first talked with the lovely Natalie Hanson, whose husband is musical star Taylor Hanson, when she named her fourth child the amazing Viggo Moriah. Not only is Natalie a celebrity mom, she’s a name nerd! We’re delighted and honored to welcome Natalie to Nameberry as a guest blogger. Here, she looks back on the names she and her husband chose for their four young children and what she’s thinking about for names for her fifth, due this fall.
This October I will celebrate ten years since I first took my adolescent name research and applied it to an actual human being. This upcoming anniversary has inspired me to look back on the names my husband and I gave to our four children, the ways we chose them, and how they’ve worked out. Have each of my choices lived up to my hopes? Was my perception of each name’s potential correct, or “ahead of its time”? Our name stories:
It was a week for gorgeously named girls. Four sets of celebrity parents got it just exactly right with their new arrivals.
Of course, it was also a week for wailing and gnashing of teeth. A friend of mine, the mother of an eight-month Penelope, is still fuming. It is one thing when Tina Fey’s daughter shares your daughter’s name. It is something a little different when the Kardashians add it to their family tree. We all knew Penelope was catching on, but much discussion ensued about whether she would still be wearable. My guess? Yes, she will be, and yes, she’s headed straight for the US Top 100.
Nameberry exclusive! Sophia and Jacob are the new Number 1 names, according to the headline of a press release posted briefly on the Social Security website and just as quickly taken down. A sharp-eyed Berry alerted us to the possible leak. The Most Popular Names 2011 announcement was supposed to have been made today, but was postponed until Monday morning on The Today Show. But Nameberry may have just scooped NBC, thanks to our wonderful Berries! xxxx
And now on to our regularly scheduled program. This year, Nameberry says Happy Mother’s Day by saluting the best baby-naming celebs who have become moms since last Mother’s Day–some for the first time, some not. We’re staying away from the more extreme choices (so sorry, Mariah and Beyonce and Jessica), in favor of those that have shown an elegant sense of style, a degree of creativity–and in a few cases some ingenuity by unearthing some great buried treasures.
One of my greatest joys is stepping back four times a year to gather up all the new names that have been added to the Birth Announcement forum, and seeing what names have moved from speculation and possibility into reality—onto the birth certificates of actual little people! There’s also the added pleasure of seeing the cool combinations of firsts and middles Berries have put together, and how the names fit in with those of their sibs.
Once again, I’m dazzled by the sheer splendor and variety of this list (the London Times has nothing on us!), the intriguing mix of the classic and the creative—so much of it the result of the savvy advice gleaned from the discussions on the forums.
Most of these names stand individually, but we do have some multiples: three Alices and three Hazels, and pairs of babyberries named Belle, Eliza, Emeline/Emmeline, Frances, Penelope, Ruby, Wren, James, Silas and Walter, and in the middle spots more than one June and Jane, Josephine, Scarlett and Penelope (again); Carter and Alexander.