Category: hottest baby names
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:
Now we bring you our full list of Top Names 2011, the 100 most popular for girls and boys as well as the 25 most-searched unisex names, based on Nameberryâ€™s figures for the first six months of the year.
Remember, these are the names that are getting looked at the most on Nameberry, not yet the names people are using the most for their babies. The Social Security Most Popular Names list comes out in May and is based on births the year before, so the most recent data is for 2010.
With our 2011 list, weâ€™re gauging the names that are attracting the most interest right now, which we believe will translate into actual name choices over the coming years. Consider this list a predictor of future baby name trends.
Warning: These lists are really long. But we know the Berries can never get enough.
Here are the Top 100 for girls and boys and the Top 25 unisex names:
What are the hottest new baby names this year? Based on an analysis of over 23 million page views at Nameberry since January, weâ€™ve pegged these choices as the Hottest Names of 2011.
Itâ€™s a surprising list, driven by unexpected celebrities, rediscovered classics, and the yearâ€™s most compelling events.
Nameberryâ€™s Hottest Baby Names of 2011:
Pippa â€“ It wasnâ€™t only Pippa Middletonâ€™s bottom that attracted widespread attention at the Royal Wedding; her name â€“ both the familiar Pippa and the more formal Philippa â€“ is the Number 1 hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry. Pippa ranks 35 on our most-searched list so far this year and did not appear at all among the 200 most popular girlsâ€™ names of 2010. While Kate is up too, itâ€™s not nearly as hot.
Asher â€“ The soft, Biblical Asher takes the Hottest Boysâ€™ Name spot by virtue of having unseated Henry as the all-time Number 1 name for boys on Nameberry. For the first time in 2011, Asher has pulled ahead.
Elula â€“ New celebrity baby name trend: Parents choose attention-getting name, then refuse to reveal the name theyâ€™ve picked, perhaps to heighten interest and publicity? This unusual choice of Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen for their second daughter was not even in our database last year â€“ itâ€™s a name drawn from the Hebrew calendar — and now is the Number 38 most-searched name on Nameberry.
So you think you’ve found a secret baby name.Â One that nobody has ever discovered before.Â Or a sleeping gem neglected by other baby namers.
And maybe you have.Â But the distressing news is that a lot of the names that parents think are secret finds are really being scoped out at the same time by a lot of other parents.
How do we know? Because weâ€™ve analyzed which names are spiking the highest in nameberry views at the start of 2011 compared with 2010, and among the biggest risers are obscure picks and long-neglected classics.
What makes these names suddenly so hot?Â For the most part, it’s hard to say.Â All we can tell you for sure is that they are hot — a lot hotter than you might guess.
Here, the 50 hottest obscure names and how high their traffic has jumped:
What choices do we see leading the way for baby names 2011? Here, we look at some of the most popular categories for parents and pick out the specific names we predict weâ€™ll be hearing much more of this year and in the decade ahead, based on nameberry statistics.
Biblical Names 2011
Biblical names have been popular for several decades now, which means parents are forging into new territory in search of biblical names that havenâ€™t been overused.
Celebrity Names 2011
The hottest celebrity names are either the names of newly-hot celebrities such as Isla Fisher; the fresh-sounding names of new celebrity babies, such as Flynn; new ways to use the names of megapopular celebrities, such as Anniston for Jennifer; or rediscovered names of celebrities such as Isadora Duncan.
Hero Names 2011