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The Nameberry Nine: Embracing the Modern

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Nameberry Nine columnist Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain trolls the web this week in search of the newest, most modern monikers.  Here, her report.

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.

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Baby Names 2012

For the new year, we thought it would be fun to ask you to post the new baby names 2012 you’ve heard or see lately, on babies or in movie credits or in the newspaper or even new choices you’ve encountered on Nameberry.

We think we’ve heard them all…..until we encounter a new name, which seems to happen every other day.  We’re always adding new names to Nameberry.

Some recent name sightings that were new to us and that we added to Nameberry: Avdel, an Old Testament name that means “servant of God,” and Roreto, an Italian place-name a Berry used for her son and enlightened us about. Tomorrow, we’ll bring you a longer list of the new baby names 2012 we’ve added to Nameberry.

What new names have YOU encountered?  Where did you find them?  And what if anything can you tell us about them?

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Nameberry Picks: The 12 Best X Names

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Names that contain an x — at the end, in the middle, and even at the beginning — have been climbing in fashionability since Angelina Jolie named her oldest son Maddox around the same time Max morphed from old man to cool kid name. Now, all the Jolie-Pitt boys have names that end with x, and sister Shiloh is said to be campaigning for an x name of her own. And other x choices are rising up the ranks too. Some of these are obscure names that include the letter x; others, like Jaxon, come by their x by design. Our favorite x name choices include both the classic and the new.

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Top Boy Names 2011

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Nameberry’s top boy names 2011 includes big news: Asher has leapfrogged over Henry and Finn, last year’s number one and two, to take the top spot.

The Nameberry popularity lists track which names attracted the most views on our site this year.  Consider them a predictor of which names parents will choose in the future, rather than which names they picked in the past.

As with the girls’ names, the Nameberry Top 10 rankings are very different from the national Social Security list, with not one crossover name for boys. Bentley, the fastest-rising boys’ name on the national popularity list, attracted a significant number of new views on Nameberry too.

Compared with last year’s Nameberry popularity list, the only new entrant in the boys’ Top 10 is, interestingly, classic James.  Names rising fastest through the boys’ top 100 are marked in bright green below: note especially Silas, Emmett, Everett, Flynn, and Archer.

Here then, the Nameberry top boy names 2011Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom and take part in the contest to guess boy’s name #101 and win a free book!

Nameberry’s Top 100 Boys’ Names, 2011
up significantly over 2010

1. Asher
2. Finn
3. Henry
4. Milo
5. Jasper
6. Atticus
7. Oliver
8. James
9. Jude
10. Felix

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Last week we brought you our underground list of most popular girls’ names 2011; now it’s the boys’ turn.

You may be familiar with Nameberry’s most popular boys’ names 2011, with Asher, Henry, and Finn at the top all the way down to Axel, Nathan, and Landon.

You may even know our hottest boys’ names 2011, with Asher (again), Archer, and Everett.

But we’ve got a quieter, less obvious, but potentially more interesting list for you: those boys’ names that don’t make the Top 100 but that are attracting a dramatic rise in interest in 2011 compared with 2010.

While not all of these names are destined for future popularity, the baby namer in search of a name that will feel as fresh in ten years as it does today should take heed. Unlikely as it may seem, the ultracool Booker may be tomorrow’s Cooper or Parker; Alden might be as hot as Aiden by 2015.

Our list of secretly popular boys’ names 2011:

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