Baby Names 2012: The new babyberry quarterly report
One of my greatest joys is stepping back four times a year to gather up all the new names that have been added to the Birth Announcement forum, and seeing what names have moved from speculation and possibility into reality—onto the birth certificates of actual little people! There’s also the added pleasure of seeing the cool combinations of firsts and middles Berries have put together, and how the names fit in with those of their sibs.
Once again, I’m dazzled by the sheer splendor and variety of this list (the London Times has nothing on us!), the intriguing mix of the classic and the creative—so much of it the result of the savvy advice gleaned from the discussions on the forums.
Most of these names stand individually, but we do have some multiples: three Alices and three Hazels, and pairs of babyberries named Belle, Eliza, Emeline/Emmeline, Frances, Penelope, Ruby, Wren, James, Silas and Walter, and in the middle spots more than one June and Jane, Josephine, Scarlett and Penelope (again); Carter and Alexander.
So here it is, the first Quarterly Report of Nameberry Baby Names 2012.
Isolde Mauricette Marie Jose
Leonie Ida Simone
Madeline Frances Treat
Ruby Jasmine, sister of Sean, Eden and Quinn
Vesper Irene, sister of Cora Adelaide
And this time, as a special added attraction, here are a few berrybabies-once-removed—some particularly interestingly named godchildren, nieces and nephews and new arrivals of other family and friends and neighbors that you’ve told us about.
We hope you’ll add your new arrivals to the Forum, so we can make the next report as complete as possible.
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on April 4th, 2012 at 11:59 pm
My daughter was born in Jan. of this year and I did post a birth announcement. Her name isn’t on this list for some reason but it’s Madeline Frances Treat (double middle, to get my maiden name in there).
on April 5th, 2012 at 1:29 am
Sorry I missed it–I’ll add it now.
on April 5th, 2012 at 3:13 am
These are good —
Sloane Thora Eunice
Reworking them a bit I’d love a sibset of Fleur, Thora, Juliette and Bruno.
on April 5th, 2012 at 4:12 am
Alice Harper Bennett strikes me as particularly lovely – a good mix of old fashioned and more modern, girly and tomboyish all at once.
on April 5th, 2012 at 7:50 am
Wow, that is so weird…Alice Harper Bennett has the first name of my novel’s main character, the surname I was about to choose for her, and the first name of her boyfriend! Alice O’Dea, (was going to be) Alice Harper, and Bennett Snowden.
on April 5th, 2012 at 8:12 am
Oh! We’re due in August and our little girl’s first name is on here once! Can’t wait to announce later this summer!
on April 5th, 2012 at 8:24 am
I am in love with so many of these baby girls’ names! Well done, berry parents! The ones that really spoke to me were:
Alice Matilda June
Hazel Auria Belle
And, I swooned when I saw Walter Lewis! He sounds so handsome!
on April 5th, 2012 at 8:25 am
Well, I’m a tidge late, because we just retuned from the hospital with baby Kira Geneiéve, sister to Soren Karl
on April 5th, 2012 at 8:26 am
(Oops, spelling error: Geneviéve)
on April 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am
People are using Django, and I think, maybe culturally, I’m missing the connection. But it does make me think of a really cool song I’ve been hearing lately called Default by a band called Django Django. Definitely a plus for the name as far as I’m concerned 😉
Also, so many awesome names. I am glad to see Penelope making such an appearance one nameberry! It’s such a lovely name and Penny is such a nice nickname! I think there’s a whole generation of kids who grew up on Inspector Gadgets having babies!
These names are a nice change from the 4 Jasmine/Jazmin/Jasmins, gazillion Isabellas, tonnes of Jacobs and Jaydens and Caydens and Jacks, Georgias and Jorjas my daughter goes to school with!
on April 5th, 2012 at 9:21 am
Lovely, lovely names! My favorites are Zelda Marigold, Lucinda Jane, Bruno Phillip and Kurt Donald. It’s like these parents were choosing names from my guilty pleasures list!
on April 5th, 2012 at 9:48 am
Indeed, a host of lovlies this turn! My favorites:
Alice Matilda June
Clara Beatrix (and her brothers Leo, Asher & Simon!)
Frances Cecily (I have Cecily Frances on my list!)
Josephine Joy Mirabelle
Susannah Helen Jean
Zelda Marigold (a gorgeous, gorgeous combo!)
and my favorite, hands down:
Florence Beatrice Primrose. To die for!
Bruno Phillip (I’d’ve loved Philip better)
Gideon (but not Raphiel, unless that’s a typo for Raphael!)
& Rowan Alexander.
From the extras, Iole Hope June, Tzipporah Delilah & Zeno William are lovely!
Thanks for listing these, they really made my day! 😀
on April 5th, 2012 at 10:59 am
I forgot to post a birth announcement for my little one–William Rufus, born at the end of last year. Yes, an actual Rufus! I know the name is divisive on the name boards and we got a couple strange looks from family, but we think he’s pretty hip.
Elisabeth Rae Said
on April 5th, 2012 at 11:26 am
These are lovely!
Special note to mom of Lucy Penelope, Alice, Molly, and Jane: I love ALL of your kids names. Lucy, Alice, and Jane are all on my list for girls (along with Elisabeth, Susannah, Amy, and Margaret) and I really adore Molly.
Gorgeous set of sister names you have there 🙂 🙂
Elisabeth Rae Said
on April 5th, 2012 at 11:32 am
My particular favorites on this list:
Delaney, Eleanor, Elsa, Alice, Eve, Georgia, Harrison, Elliot, Nicholas, Liam, Sinclair, Maeve, Mae, and Emilia (LOVE this spelling)
on April 5th, 2012 at 11:49 am
Ah, so refreshing after reading my local birth announcements. I like them all, but I LOVE
on April 5th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
I am actually somewhat shocked to see a Brittney! No issue with the name at, just suprised to see it used!
So many lovely lovely names!!! Love to see someone else thinks Odessa is useable!!!
on April 5th, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Love Susannah Helen Jean! I think that’s my fav besides my own daughter’s name (Madeline Frances)! Also love seeing Frances on here, particularly love Frances Eliza and Emilia Frances. Juliet Penelope is lovely too. Fun lists!
on April 5th, 2012 at 1:13 pm
@ Kibby re: Brittney:
I think I remembered seeing her mom post that it was in honor of a dear friend who passed away young.
on April 5th, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Sorry, it’s Brittany.
on April 5th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
Some really beautiful names on here! I love the variety. Some of my favorites:
I especially love the name pairings of
Iris, Camellia, Viola, Marigold, Fleur, Flora, Florence: LOVE the flowers!
on April 5th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
William II was known as William Rufus. I think that’s awesome.
Some really good names. Like to see Helen, Jane, Frances, Matilda, and Louisa.
Also George, Philip, Alastair, Graham, and Gideon.
on April 5th, 2012 at 7:28 pm
Oh this list is absolutely beautiful!
My favorites are…
Alice Matilda June
Greer Hattie Aurelia
Hazel Magnolia June
Josephine Joy Mirabelle
Natalie Lyric Sinclair
Susannah Helen Jean
Harrison Luc Walter
Levi Auden Noll
Liam Donovan Blaze
Iole Hope June
Just a few! LOL!
on April 5th, 2012 at 8:00 pm
The triplets’ names are absolutely lovely.
on April 5th, 2012 at 9:43 pm
These are outstanding. Parents, I hope each of you are thrilled with your choices, because they’re all just incredible! I feel bad even calling out a few for fear of taking away from any other equally-deserving names!
Clara Beatrix is just so scrumptious with the classic but under-appreciated Claire spin-off and sassy Beatrice-with-an-x. Plus, Leo, Asher, and Simon? What a set!
Greer Hattie Aurelia is such a peculiar mix of names, but in a great way! The flow is on point, and can you think of a better sister to Sloane Thora Eunice? I sure can’t! A gem.
Juniper Elise makes me feel so good. It’s not a warm and fuzzy name with the likes of Elsa Beatrice and Magnolia Mae, but it’s got this certain star power that I love! I’ve never seen Elise look better, and Elyse is my own middle name. Bravo!
I need to comment on the two uses of Maeve – Maeve Josephine and Philippa Maeve. What a fresh spin on two boyish-chic classics! Maeve instantly lends a strong, feminine touch to a name. I love ’em.
But, I’d be remiss in not pointing out the sheer wonder that is Zelda Marigold. Who uses Zelda anymore?! Well, you should! These parents could have chosen the equally vintage Mabel Clementine but, boy, would they have lost out on the ‘oomph’ that Zelda brings to a name. Major, major name props. A true style statement!
A quick scan of the boys’ names yields some interesting but totally usable names, too! Dover? Inspired! Ledger and Shepherd are fantastic as well. And, the fact that two people used Silas makes me smile.
Well done, all.
Lori Johnson Said
on April 6th, 2012 at 12:09 am
Warmest congratulations to each of you.
My favorites are …
01. Adelaide Charlotte
02. Alabaster Heath
03. Alec James
04. Ava Caroline
05. Baron Cruz
06. Boone Avery
07. Bruno Phillip
08. Caroline Rae
09. Clara Beatrix
10. Clara Jacqueline
11. Cora Adelaide
12. Darby Alexander
13. Dashiell Carter
14. Dean Clifford
15. Edith Marlo
16. Elliot Grey
17. [Elliot] Jude
18. Elowen Jane
19. Elsa Beatrice
20. Emilia Frances
21. Emmett Linus
22. Flynn Elliot
23. George Quincy
24. Gideon James
25. Harrison [Luke]
26. Henry Thomas
27. Jensen Carter
28. John Alexander
29. Jude Henry
30. [Juliet] [Greer]
31. Juniper Elise
32. Kyra Noelle
33. Leighton Paige
34. Leo Antonio
35. Leo Sebastian
36. Liam Donovan
37. Lucas Albert
38. Lucinda Jane
39. Lucy Matilda
40. Madeline Frances
41. Maeve Josephine
42. Matthias Joel
43. Maven [Perry]
44. Maxwell Giovanni
45. Miles Alexander
46. Milo Arthur
47. Oliver Kendall
48. Penelope June
49. Peter Elliot
50. Philippa Maeve
51. Rowan Alexander
52. Russell Blaise
53. Simon Frederick
54. Theodore Calvin
55. Thisbe Katherine
56. [Val] Benjamin
57. Walter Lewis
58. Walter Phineas
59. William Rufus
60. William Thomas
61. Wren Abilene
62. Wren Evangeline
63. Zachary Michael
64. Zeno William
on April 6th, 2012 at 2:27 am
Hats off to a real life Thisbe!
on April 7th, 2012 at 2:16 am
Oh my! Those are some gorgeously named babes!
Alice Matilda June – such classic, beautiful choices!
Clara Beatrix – this name makes me happy. 😀
Emeline Nova – love the (underused) Emeline with Nova; so unexpected and perfect!
Greer & Sloane – LOVE
Hazel Magnolia June – so pretty
Magnolia Mae “Maisie” – three of my favorite names! I never thought of Maisie as a nn for Magnolia but boy it works!
Boone Avery – love seeing Avery on a boy even if it’s just in the middle slot. so handsome!
Luella Blossom – I want to hug her mother!
on April 9th, 2012 at 8:26 pm
I was stunned to see another Dashiell Carter out there. Our own recently turned 5. Congratulations to his parents.
on April 10th, 2012 at 2:20 pm
My husband and I had a baby this last December and we named her Violet Anne 🙂
on April 12th, 2012 at 10:22 am
Another Dashiell Carter? What are the odds? Ours goes by Dash and at three months I know it’s the perfect name for him. Kudos on your great taste! Let’s hope they both accomplish great things in life and enhance each other’s reputation.
Just a note, Leighton and Dash’s big sister is Juliet Corinne (not Juliette Connie ). Thanks!
on April 19th, 2012 at 7:09 am
thanks for listing Luella’s name on there.
on April 19th, 2012 at 7:16 am
oh and Elliott’s thats two from my family =)
on May 15th, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Eleanor Rosalind was one that I’d thought of too. It always amazes me how the same (relatively unusual) name can be independently thought of by different people around the same time. I wonder whether the parents of this Eleanor Rosalind were also thinking of naming her after Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosalind Franklin, or whether they had a totally different thought process from me!
Also, one of the boys’ middle names is my (real life) first name! I’ve never heard it on a boy before, but it makes me totally happy to think of my name as being unisex!
on June 10th, 2012 at 6:12 am
Hi, my third sons name is Onyx Jack. Brother to Caiden Phillip James & Levi Christopher. He is the only Onyx I know of at this stage, but I have a feeling there will be a few more around in years to come!
on June 17th, 2012 at 3:41 am
I love Emeline Nova, I think Nova is a really great name, and Luella Blossom is soo sweet!
on June 24th, 2012 at 10:56 pm
It’s be handy to see some verification that some of the larger families listed here are legitimate, you know?
on July 5th, 2012 at 10:34 am
@ Mariah: Agreed.
on July 9th, 2013 at 6:28 am
Greer Hattie Aurelia and Sloane Thora Eunice are fakes. Their “mother” is a proven troll.
on October 10th, 2013 at 12:48 am
Loving these. My top five for each gender (which has turned into a top three for the boys…I just didn’t like as many this quarter):
Alice Harper Bennett
Hazel Magnolia June
Walter Phineas Bay
Even though the triplet set of August, Hazel and Walter is obviously fake, their “mother” did a great job naming them!
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