Category: best baby names
The big news in baby names this week has been the Most Popular Names 2012: Top 1, Top 10, Top 100, Top 1000.
But swimming just below the surface — not quite on the radar but not truly off, either — are dozens of more unusual baby names poised to find wider favor….or dropping from view.
Of course, that may bring relief rather than disappointment to many parents. If you want to name your baby Magnolia or Clementine, Bishop or Langston — or already have — you may tremble on surveying the new Top 1000, hoping your favorites stay off the list.
We looked below the Top 1000 for girls and boys and found those names within 50 points of the cutoff that we felt were heading back into style, along with those sailing off into the sunset.
In raw numbers, 251 girls received the Number 1000 name Katalina while 197 boys were named Number 1000 boys’ name Dangelo. The numbers after each name below represent the number of children given that name in 2012.
Here, the names just under the Top 1000 coming into style and heading out:
We know you love names. But what name do you love the most?
Your biggest name crush might be a longtime love that remains undimmed. But more likely, it’s a newer passion, a name you’ve come to see in a new, more ardent way and that you now prize above all others.
What name or names do you have a crush on right now, and why?
You might think of them as underdog names: The ugly, the awkward, the unpopular, or maybe the way too popular.
The names that most other people can’t stand that you secretly, or perhaps not so secretly, have an irrational, or perhaps perfectly rational, fondness for.
What are the names that you love that everyone else seems to hate?
We wish we’d thought of the Nameberry Awards.
But the entertaining and illuminating awards given by popular vote to the best names in a range of categories was the brainchild of Genevieve, over on the Nameberry forums.
We see Nameberry favorites such as Charlotte and Genevieve, Henry and Theo showing up in the results. But there are many surprises as well: Rowan chosen as a top unisex name for both girls and boys, for instance. Indiana voted the top celebrity baby name for girls.
But rather than describing the results to you, we’ll just bring you the winners and runners up in all the categories. The Nameberry Awards go to:
Best Top 100 Girls’ Name
The inspiration for this week’s question comes from you, dear berries: What are your favorite names for every letter of the alphabet?
When we saw this thread on the forums, we were reminded of a game we both liked to play long before we knew there was such a thing as name games.
We’d list our favorite names for each letter of the alphabet, one for a girl and one for a boy, sometimes torn between choices, sometimes (Y!) working overtime to come up with a name that we could honestly call a favorite.
So now we turn the spotlight on you. What are YOUR current favorite names from A to Z, a girls’ and a boys’ choice for each letter?