Baby Names 2012: 12 Hottest Trends

Baby names 2012 promise revolutionary new directions in the continuing and escalating search for meaning coupled with originality. That can be a hard bill to fill when it comes to baby names, pushing parents in 2012  to look to some fresh sources and create names that have never been heard before.

Every year, it seems, people become more aware of the power of names.  And yet names are still free and universal, which increases the pressure to find that one perfect name that defines and encapsulates all your hopes and dreams for your child.

Here, the 12 hottest trends for Baby Names 2012.

Biggest Big Picture Trend: Modern Hero Names

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Mariah Carey did it perfectly when she named her daughter Monroe, a name that honored her heroine Marilyn Monroe in a distinctly modern, non-Blonde Bombshell way. Such surname names may honor heroes real or fictional, contemporary or historic, from the arts, sports, or the world stage, work for girls as well as boys. Other choices we’ve been hearing: Landry (as in football coach Tom), Gatsby (as in fictional hero The Great), and Palin (yes, as in her).

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skizzo Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Dont think the “ey” ending is ready to jump the shark at all – actually I’m hearing more and more of them. Also please dont lump Finley with the rest of the bunch, that is a legitimate male name, not a made up moniker.

I agree that the “ie” trend is coming back, first for girls, and then probably for boys like it was in the past.

I cant stand the “fierce” name trend, but I dont mind some cowboy names like “Easton” or “Wylie”.

I agree that some surnames are becoming really popular especially for boys, and Landry is definitely one to look out for, as well as Crosby (for Sidney Crosby). Landry will actually be the name of one of the little boys on the new ABC show “Good Christian Belles”, to debut in the midseason.

One trend that doesnt seem to be ending anytime soon is the “-n” for boys – I’m really sick of it. Although it seems the “-r” is increasing in popularity, I hope it never reaches the same level of domination.

Brisen Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 10:30 am

One of our boy names was mentioned; finally I’m managing to be trendy without even trying! If only it had happened in high school…

i.heart.nerds Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 10:39 am

I am trendy because Agatha starts with a, but that is probably the only way I am trendy.

jpruitt76 Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 11:39 am

My niece, Margaret (Maggie), was “thisclose” to being Betty when she was born in April of this year.

pam Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Betty is still an adventurous choice but it’s definitely coming back. So cute.

Mischa Says:

November 18th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I was recently reading one of my numerous baby name books and it stated some interesting results from some studies on names. There is a phenomenon called the “name-letter effect”. Students whose names begin with A or B earned higher grades than students with C and D names. One of the trends sited on this blog is “A” names and it’s a fact that since the 1950’s, the number of babies with names beginning with “A” has more than doubled (over 10% of children are given “A” names today). Maybe these studies are to be believed.

Trend I like: “ie” names like Hattie and Sadie

Trend I dislike: frightening names (personally, in bad times I would’ve have thought that more gentler names would be better).

holey Says:

November 19th, 2011 at 11:22 am

My choice for trendy consonant would be ‘V’. Not only are we starting to hear more names that start with ‘V’ (Vera, Vivienne, Violet), we’re also starting to hear more nicknames that start with it (i.e. Vivi for Genevieve) and more names that have a prominent ‘V’ in the middle (Xavier, Avery, Maeve, Neve, Everett). “Silvio” has been in the news a lot, and then there are lots of ‘V’ names that were already newly popular – Ava, Olivia, Nevaeh, Valeria. I think ‘V’ is starting to ‘X’ and ‘Y’ as the go-to high-Scrabble-value consonant in names.

Lola Says:

November 19th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Well, Wilder’s a family surname for me, so I use it in the middle spot. Hopefully it’s not so trendy there!

And I’m so happy to hear that -ie endings are back! Josie will be happy to hear too. 😀 I really dig that -ie ending.

I’ve never been trendy before! 😀

And as a side note, I not only didn’t get a nameberry email yesterday, I couldn’t load this page until this morning. Augh! 😀

GracePheiffer Says:

November 19th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I’m not sure why you guys are always so stuck on Wilder being a harsh name.
I have a close friend named Wilder after playwright Thornton Wilder. I never once thought it was “wild” as in reckless. I always thought of it along the lines of Forrest.
I urge you to reconsider.

Poppy528 Says:

November 19th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

A little disappointed in the list since I could have composed it myself. I guess I was looking for something a little more prophetic. Winslet, Emery, Dagger, Westley, Alexandralia, Mitzi, evil grandpa Lester, & Ruthie. All bleh to me. Naming sounds more and more like those “pick your stripper name” games.

brannon Says:

November 19th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Nooooo! Why is my Minnie on the trendy list?!?!

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pixiewoo Says:

November 20th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I dont qualify a name being a trend unless alot of people are newly using it in real life, not just a few people. With that said, I appreciate the blogs where they actually say what names really are trends in real life, this blog feels more like wild guesses and that the use of nameberry message boards have been the point of reference, verses real life.

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notcinnamon Says:

May 21st, 2012 at 11:31 am

I have to respectfully disagree that A- is the hot vowel. A- was the only cool vowel for so long that I think it’s a stretch to call it hot, of late. What’s more notable is that vowels in general are viewed more favorably than ever, and that e- , -i, and o- are gaining on A- (which to be fair to the other vowels, A- offers more choices to begin with and is at the start of the alphabetical names lists in every name dictionary and website). What’s as noteworthy is that parents are finally paying nearly as much attention to name endings as name beginnings. There, the -a ending, while still strong, is just as tired as the A- beginning. People will always choose A- names, if for no other reason than the two mentioned in italics above… Instead, the real trend is the long list of boy names ending in -o that jumped up the charts, as well as ALL the E- names on both girl and boy charts. -Elle/ella sound is now hanging in there with -anne/ana sound! And go, letter i,- you are right behind them.

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