Category: baby name Plum
We know that Sophia and Ava, Jacob and Mason will probably stay in the US Top Ten for another few years. But like many a name nerd, I’m fascinated by what’s next. Will there really be more babies called Viggo, Juniper, January, and Walker? We can only hope.
There won’t be many, of course. Even amongst the name obsessed, a relatively small percentage of us dare to use a truly cutting edge name. Sometimes we have a partner in naming whose tastes are more conservative. Besides, our shortlists often range from William to Wilder, and there’s quite a bit of pressure to go with the equally stylish but more common of the two.
Of course, Isabella was once dismissed as too flowery and Aiden and Jayden as too weird. Should Leo crack the Top Ten and Camden creep into the 25 most popular, many will embrace them as normal names and raise an eyebrow at whatever comes next.
Over 1500 new baby names joined the Social Security extended list this year, 641 boys’ names and 896 names for girls. Nephele, one of the original Berries, tallied all the new baby names for us from the complete list of names given to five or more children in the U.S. in 2011.
Are there any gems in the bunch? A couple, which we will highlight for you in a moment. For the most part, though, the new baby names are either kreeatif spellings of old names – Cathrynn and Zakarri – or inventions such as Dhyey and Blessn unlikely to inspire many imitators.
Still, the names below are notable for a variety of reasons, though they’re not all recommended:
ARLINGTON – Of all the fresh place name possibilities, this one is particularly attractive.
I was lucky enough to go to Paris recently, and like most tourists, I ate croissants in sidewalk cafes, visited museums, and walked along the Seine. Unlike most tourists, I also investigated the chicest French baby names.
It’s hard to imagine Prune as a charming name for a child in any country, until you realize that in French it’s the equivalent of Plum. Now THAT makes sense.
For boys, this same friend offered the name Illan, another unlikely translation to English. In France, it’s pronounced Ee-lahn and sounds quite elegant.
Another friend, who volunteers at a Montessori preschool near the Louvre, said her class includes children named Capucine, the French for nasturtium; Frostine, best known to American children as the queen in Candyland; and Zingo — though Zingo (a boy) is Japanese.
CLARA — Definitely on the rise in the U.S. as well.