Category: hot names
We’ve always loved O Names, from our first book Beyond Jennifer & Jason when we declared names that ended (and sometimes also began) with the cheery letter O to be “So Far Out They’re In.” A quarter century later, they still are, with choices like Leo and Marlo officially stylish and a raft of other O names gaining much-deserved attention.
We’re still so fond of the O names that we find it difficult to narrow our favorites down to a dozen, but these to us feel both fresh and usable, contemporary and also deserving of respect. The only down side of the O names as a class is that there are more great choices for boys than for girls.
With photos that connect the letter O’s eternal circle with things relating to childhood, here are the best O names right now.
The strongest baby name influences right now: Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and ancient Rome.Â Many of the hot names relate to nature and to worlds beyond our own.Â And most share a transcendence of traditional gender identity, containing elements of names for the opposite gender if not crossing over to unisex territory.
Nameberryâ€™s hottest names of the year, which we predict youâ€™ll be hearing lots more of in the future, are:
Baby names 2012 are already proving themselves to be very different from last yearâ€™s choices, with The Hunger Games taking over from Twilight as the primary cultural influence on names, the hottest boysâ€™ names taking a cue from the girls, and musical names trumping Hollywood for inspiration.
In an analysis of nearly 3 million views of Nameberryâ€™s individual name pages in the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year, these names are enjoying the biggest jumps in attention. Â Here, our picks for the top baby names 2012:
Rue â€“ Credit The Hunger Games, which has turned the spotlight on a range of exotic botanical names for girls, from the heroineâ€™s name Katniss to gentle Primrose to Posy and Clove.Â But the hottest choice for babies, according to the Nameberry statistics, is sleek, simple, if somewhat mournful Rue, the name of the agile young girl who meets a tragic end in the series.Â In real life, however, we see Rue as having a bright future.
Cool baby names today may reference celebrities, sure, but more and more parents are looking to fictional characters for inspiration when naming their children.
Based on nearly two million visits to Nameberry’s individual name pages over the past three months, we see these character names — from classic literature and futuristic fantasy, Old Hollywood films and modern animation — attracting big jumps in interest.
This is one cool baby names trend that makes sense.Â Fictional characters embody positive, uplifting qualities that their mortal counterparts often fall short on.Â And in the ever-broadening search for names with personal meaning, parents may find referencing a favorite book or film to be a perfect way to make an important style statement and give their child a namesake to look up to.
Here, the hottest character names on Nameberry right now:
What are the cool baby names?
That’s the first question most people ask us when they hear we have the unlikely profession of baby name experts. We hear it so often, in fact, that we wrote a book called Cool Names for Babies.
Still, when people ask us the question, we find ourselves stuttering and stammering.
Why?Â Mostly because cool is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.
Certainly, the websites that have sprung up purporting to direct you to cool baby names do nothing of the sort.Â Â They only pop up when you google cool baby names because they’re optimized for that popular search term (one of the hard facts of the rough-and-tumble baby name biz) and not because they know anything about cool….or even baby names, for that matter.
One way to identify cool baby names might be to look at what cool people are naming their babies.Â For the most part, this dovetails nicely with the names that nameberry visitors like best — yes, of course we’re cool! — and that are most searched for on the site.Â These tend to have traditional roots but an offbeat feel and include: