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The Next Baby Name Style Wave

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

You have only to look at the popularity lists to know which names are used most widely now.  There’s Sophia, Isabella, Emma, and Olivia for girls; Jacob, Mason, and Ethan for boys.  Which reminds us: Have you seen our new, searchable U.S. Top 1000 list?  It’s awesome; have a peek.

Beyond the most popular names are the names we might think of as most stylish today.  These are represented on the Nameberry Top 1000 list, which gauges the names that are viewed most often on our site, updated monthly.  While the U.S. Top 1000 list tallies names used most frequently for babies born in 2012, the Nameberry Top 1000 surveys names capturing the most interest from prospective parents in 2014 — so it’s more theoretical, and up-to-date.

Based on the Nameberry list, we’d place the following baby names atop the current style wave.  What many of them lack in popularity, they make up for in stylishness.

These are all wonderful names, certainly, and well ahead of their style crest.  All of them have a fashionable sound and feel, and a good ways to go before they’re overused.

And yet there’s a new style wave on the horizon, one that parents in search of more avant garde names will want to have their eyes on.  This next wave takes current styles and trends to more extreme levels.  Names we’d place in the next style wave include:

Do  you agree with these choices?  Have any nominations for the next style wave of baby names of your own?

 

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