Category: Baby names 2012
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Every year, a small number of new names manages to move onto the Top 1000 list for the first time ever.Â Sometimes this marks the beginning of a climb up the ladder, other times itâ€™s a name that will linger in the nether regions, and sometimes it might prove to be a one-shot wonderâ€”perhaps an eccentric spelling picked up by just enough parentsÂ to make the grade.
In 2011, for instance, we saw the debuts of such nouveau names as Elliot for girls, Aviana, Blakely, Juniper, Liv, and Temperance; Bowen, Brecken, Flynn, the musical Crosby and Hendrix, the presidential Nixon and the Ivy League Princeton.
But how about the recently released list?Â Of the forty-five possibilities, here are the Nameberry Picks for the twelve most promising newbies of 2012.
Azaleaâ€”Though there were fewer than three hundred baby girls given this name in 2012, it has now definitely crossed over from the wilder fringes into the main flower garden.Â Azalea embodies a delightful combination of the fragrant floral with a shot of z-infused energy.
And then there are those baby names that are evidence of how wide the gulf is between the British and the American cultures.
We found 29 baby names — 20 for girls and nine for boys — that rank in the current British Top 200 (or so) that do not appear at all in the American Top 1000.Â (Note: We did skip spelling variations such as Hollie and Isobel.)
And another five Top 200 baby names for girls and nine for boys that are down at the bottom of our Top 1000; in other words, vastly less popular in the US than in the UK.
This year, for the first time, we have–with the invaluable help of our invaluable intern Hannah Tenison, tallied the final name choices reported by Berries on the Birth Announcement forum.Â So here is what happened when all the hypotheticals were winnowed down to a single reality.
(Of course we know many more babyberries arrived this year, and hope youâ€™ll all remember to enter your news in the future.)
FIRST NAMES given to more than one babe
The following were chosen three times:
Wren (also a Wrenley)
Sifting through nearly100 million page views on the site, these are our most-read blogs, our lists that attracted the highest number of viewers, our most commented-on forums, and the user lists that drew the most attention.
How many have you seen?
These 2010 blogs that detailed the best names given to 25 or fewer babies continue to rank highest on our site.Â Our picks for boys include Amias, Barnabas, and Cashel; for girls, Fleur, Honora, and Verena.
Nine names per week over 51 weeks equals 459 names.Â Theyâ€™re classic, theyâ€™re quirky, and sometimes theyâ€™re downright strange.Â But when I sat down to review a yearâ€™s worth of Nameberry posts, I realized that most of them are actually pretty wearable.
Very few of them repeat â€“ something that surprised me, as it so often seems that a name is suddenly everywhere all at once.Â Some garnered lots of positive comments while others went completely unnoticed.
My favorite comment?Â â€śNo, donâ€™t mention THAT name.Â Itâ€™s the top of our list!â€ťÂ As I scrolled through the posts, there were more than a few groans of disappointment.
The best names, though,Â aren’tÂ necessarily the ones that will be racing up the popularity charts.Â Iâ€™m most attracted to the ones that seem novel â€“ unlikely to catch on, but probably part of a bigger change in how we think about names.