2013 Baby Names: Predictions from the Nameberry 9

Today, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel, finds some 2013 baby name predictions embedded in this week’s Nameberry 9 newsiest names.

As 2012 faded into 2013, the world welcomed many a new little life.  Re-reading birth announcements, I was struck by something.

None of them received outlandish names, but every one of them seemed nicely creative.

Some are memorable and meaningful choices, while others are mainstream firsts paired with unexpected middles.

Does it speak to an age where we won’t dismiss names as weird?  Have we stopped worrying that our children can’t be district attorneys or heart surgeons if we name them something other than Katherine or James?  Are filler middles really gone for good?

It all adds up to a great year ahead for baby names – whether you’re naming a child or just spending lots of time thinking about what we might name a child.  And that’s before we consider the latest addition to the Kardashian family …

This week’s nine most newsworthy names are

Maxfield – There’s Maxwell and Maximus and just plain Max, and now there’s Maxfield, son of actor David Ladin and his wife KatyMaxfield isn’t completely new, of course.  The surname takes Max in an artistic direction, thanks to artist Maxfield Parrish.

Livingston – It is another surname in the first spot, this time thanks to Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves.  After kids called Levi and Vida, we figured that baby #3 would have a v in his name.  But no one guessed Livingston.  Now it all seems so obvious, though.  McConaughey’s big break was 1993’s Dazed and Confused.  His character’s famous line has become a touchstone for the actor: “You just gotta keep on livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.”  Levi is an anagram of live; Vida means life in Spanish, and Livingston, well … it has all five letters right there.  I wonder what they would have named a girl?

Logan Phineas Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and his partner David Miller are new parents to a son. Logan might be a popular pick, but this combination still packs a style punch thanks to the unconventional middle.

Violet Marlowe – Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and wife Jessie Baylin welcomed their first the day after Christmas.  LikeLogan, Violet is a mainstream choice.  But Marlowe is a surprise in the middle, fresher than Marie.  I think the Kings of Leon could soon rival Coldplay for rocker dads with the best-named kids.

Hudson Lennon Jon Jones plays bass for country music’s Eli Young Band.  Jones and wife Sarah have a new son named Hudson Lennon.  If they’d named him Hudson John, I might have guessed he was named after dad.  Instead the surname leaves little doubt that this musical family intended to honor the legendary rocker.

Saige –  A very different kind of announcement landed in my inbox the other day: American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year is named Saige Copeland.  Will it be influential?  Few of the other dolls’ names have migrated to real birth announcements.  Then again, Addy, a character introduced back in 1993, may have had some impact on all of the Addy/Addie names we’ve embraced in the last few years.  And Saige’s page was up over 800% on Nameberry this week.  She’s sleek and modern with ties to the natural world.  The herbal Saige could succeed.

Pepper – Ready for another spicy possibility?  Moon Bloodgood – born Korinna Moon Bloodgood – and husband Grady Hall welcomed a new daughter.  If your name is Moon, what do you possibly name your children?  The Falling Skies actress went with Pepper.  With Harper in vogue, Pepper is an inventive choice.  She’s been worn by one of the orphans in Annie, and Iron Man’s girlfriend, Pepper Potts.  Could she be the new Piper?

Knight – I can’t leave this week’s column without picking my favorite baby names for Kim Kardashian and KanyeKim’s said she’ll stick with family tradition and limit her list to K names.  Knight was one suggested by Glamour blogger Megan Angelo.  She notes that a silent K is pretty original for this family – but would future children have to be called Knicole and Knile?  I think the dashing Knight is flashy enough for the duo without being completely over-the-top.

Kashmir Plenty of bloggers have mentioned Kash as an obvious boy choice for the couple.  But how about KashmirPam’s list at The Daily Mail included this place name.  It combines an exotic air with a luxurious vibe, and hey, it definitely starts with a K.  Reasons abound for Kimye to give this name to a daughter.  Kashmir Kristen, maybe?

What do you think of the very meaningful Alves-McConaughey kids’ names?  Will Kim and Kanye use a crazy K name?  And are you spotting more daring middles days, in the key of Phineas and Marlowe?

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13 Responses to “2013 Baby Names: Predictions from the Nameberry 9”

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periwinkle Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 9:51 am

What great names! I like Maxfield and Livingston the best.

Flick Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 10:54 am

I’ve always had a strong distaste for Violet and I really dislike surnames for girls, but for some weird reason, I am drawn to VIolet Marlowe, weird. O-o

I also quite like Pepper…..maybe not for us mere mortals, but I think it’s quirky and not too unfamiliar.

spotlightstarlit Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 11:02 am

Saige makes me think of this darling girl available for international adoption:

I love that it means wise and healthy- I can really see Sage/Saige growing in use in coming years.

Also, didnt a celeb just name their baby Copeland? Maybe it’s the next surname as a name.

GrecianErn Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I am forever loving Marlowe, but I can’t seem to escape the Christopher Marlowe references, but when I move onto Harlow… I just want it to be Marlowe. I know. Crazy, right.

I’ve also always loved Saige. Such a beautiful name.

I saw Pepper and thought, “Wow. Well, if it’s good enough for Iron Man.” I think she’ll hold her own. and at least the modern Pepper Potts is a good role model.

I think Kimye’s baby will have a beautiful name. and I expect the “K” after all, baby has to match the parents. It will be the most followed baby for names. I mean, it will be hanging out with Blue Ivy and Mason and Penelope… it will have a good name.

Alexia Mae Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

It is true that people are becoming more open to more than just run of the mill names. But what fascinates me is that in colonial times, unusual names were more mainstream. If someone named their baby Peregrine today you would probably get raised eyebrows, but back then that was a pretty normal name.
Times and seasons are interesting.

Abby Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Nicely said, Alexia Mae!

nat108 Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I doubt Knight would ever be an option. Kanye West and Nas (another rapper) are good friends. Nas’ 3yr old son is named Knight

margrocks Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

i love Pepper.

Violet and Hudson were once lovely in my mind, but have become way to trendy.

so true, Alexia Mae! we have a daughter named Remember (was actually the name of one of the first colonial settlers, Remember Allerton), and considering some of the reactions i get, you’d think i’d named her Booger. i find unconventional spellings of traditional names (Madelyn, Kaitlyn, Ayden, etc.) far more odd than old names like Peregrine, Patience or Eulalie.

1234plus1 Says:

January 8th, 2013 at 1:01 am

I think the McConaughey (sp.?) baby girl name could’ve easily been one in the same. Livingston on a girl with nicknames Livi/Liv is totally foreseeable!

Mego0801 Says:

January 8th, 2013 at 10:23 am

I wonder if Logan Phineas’ parents are Harry Potter fans? 😉

MollyCakes Says:

June 2nd, 2013 at 12:39 am

Kaylen could be an interesting name for Kayne & Kim.

Saige is a great name, but I prefer the “Sage” spelling. I think the -aige should be left for Paige, and the -age left for Sage.

Just my thoughts


MollyCakes Says:

June 2nd, 2013 at 12:42 am

Whoops! Just realised my mistake. Turns out Kayne & Kim are having a boy.

Well then how about Kylen?

MollyCakes Says:

June 2nd, 2013 at 12:44 am


Also why can I not edit or delete my previous comments???

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