Baby Names 2011: Hottest Trends to Track Now

November 15, 2010 Pamela Redmond

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Baby names 2011 signal a new lighter feel in the air and more optimistic outlook for our offspring.   Here, our predictions for the top trends for baby names 2011.

Biggest Big Picture Trend: Two-for-one names

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For baby names 2011, we predict the emergence of two-for-one names: very proper proper names – think Louise and Arthur, Beatrix and Abraham – with lighter-than-air, even silly nicknames: Lulu, Bee, Bunny, and Bram. From the parents’ perspective, they get two very different names for the price of one, which can be an advantage to children as they grow up too: You can be Lulu at the nightclub, Louise on the Harvard app.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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