Category: new names
by Denise K. Potter/Nameberry
Over 1500 new baby names joined the Social Security extended list this year, 641 boys’ names and 896 names for girls. Nephele, one of the original Berries, tallied all the new baby names for us from the complete list of names given to five or more children in the U.S. in 2011.
Are there any gems in the bunch? A couple, which we will highlight for you in a moment. For the most part, though, the new baby names are either kreeatif spellings of old names – Cathrynn and Zakarri – or inventions such as Dhyey and Blessn unlikely to inspire many imitators.
Still, the names below are notable for a variety of reasons, though they’re not all recommended:
ARLINGTON – Of all the fresh place name possibilities, this one is particularly attractive.
The arrival of Blue Ivy, firstborn daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, was a signal for every commentator to discuss wacky celebrity baby names once again. It is a topic that never seems to grow old, though many name cognoscenti rated Blue as relatively tame, perhaps even less original than we’d expected from the stylish duo.
Ellen DeGeneres congratulated the couple, then revealed their secret – The Celebrity Baby Name Generator, issued to every star. While Ellen and her partner Portia and childless, she gave the BNG a spin to see what they’d name their twins. The answer? Banjo Fire Escape and Elbow Gas Lamp – the latter, she quipped, obviously a boy’s name.
Despite all of this gentle mockery, I’ve fallen in love with modern word names over the past few years. Maybe it is because of all those blog babies with such adventurous appellations: Reverie, Morrow, Drummer, Glow. Based on the chatter on the forums and in recent blog posts, I’m not alone at Nameberry.
This week’s Top Nine suggest that world is adapting to a much broader pool of given names:
King – American parents might choose this regal name in memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. But he made headlines last week as one of the names most frequently rejected by New Zealand naming authorities, along with fellow royal titles Prince and Princess, plus noun name Justice.