Category: cool baby names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Can a boys’ name be popular, given to hundreds or even thousands of babies, and still maintain its edge? After looking at the top half of the Social Security list, we say the answer is a definite yes. Of course terms like cool and classic are difficult to define—they’re really in the eye of the beholder. But just as everyone would agree that James and Mary are classics, I think most of us would also see names like Ace and Cruz as having a cool image.
Here are my nominations for names that fit into that pop-yet-groovy space, with their popularity rankings and number of bearers last year.
The blizzard that blanketed much of the US mid-Atlantic area in snow last weekend caused shuttered schools and businesses, buried cars and other massive disruptions for 80 million people. But with all that chaos, TV screens and the Internet were filled with picturesque wintry scenes and skiers gliding down Fifth Avenue. Snow still has a magical quality for the child in all of us, one that is celebrated in baby names across countless cultures. (by Linda Rosenkrantz)
What are the hottest baby names for the year ahead?
To find out, we looked at which names have attracted the most unique views of a total of more than six million visits to our name pages in the past 30 days.
Then we tracked which of those top names had increased 50 percent or more over the same period last year.
The result: A group of 50 baby names we see as the very hottest right now. These names might not be showing up on international popularity lists quite yet. But the current spike in interest is sure to translate to much wider adoption in the months and years ahead.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Not so long ago, the only names starting with the letters Au that were getting any traction were Audrey and Austin. But lately—have you noticed?—a lot more are now attracting attention. The once male name Aubrey is now in the girls’ Top 20, and then there are the members of the golden Aurelia family, several varieties of August, the word name Aura, the seasonal Autumn, and more.
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Any newcomer to the contemporary world of baby names may be amazed at how diverse and – to use a Mom word – different names have become. In the generation since Mom was naming you, the list of US Most Popular Name has expanded to include more ethnically distinct names, words freshly morphed into names, and newly-minted monikers. Mom might not recognize many of today’s Top 500, used for hundreds of babies now but virtually nonexistent in the 1980s.
Warning: If you choose one of these names for your baby, you should expect surprise – or possible shock – from Mom (and Dad too).
Popular baby names today least likely to be familiar to your Mom include: