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Baby Names 2012: 12 Hottest Trends

November 18, 2011 Pamela Redmond

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).

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, and its new sequel, Older.

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