Baby Names 2012: The third quarterly report of Nameberry newbies

The time has rolled around again when I get to do one of my favorite things—browse through the Birth Announcement Forum and get to see a snapshot of the gorgeous names Berries have chosen over these past three months–the latest installment of Baby Names 2012.  Because each quarter they seem to be more and more impressive and inventive, and this one is no exception, with many great first and middle combos and interesting sibsets as well.

It’s just so gratifying to see the final results of all the Nameberry advice and discussion—ours and especially the wise, measured opinions of fellow Berries  —  a fantastic mix of the classic and the creative, from Elizabeth to Arrow for a girl, Jack and John to Calder and Cato for boys.  Not to mention a veritable botanical garden of flower and tree names—Primrose, Tulip, Rose, Iris, Violet, Lilac, Jacinda, Maple and Olive, as well as a Flora, a Blossom and a Bloom.

This time we have not only five pairs of twins, but also two sets of triplets—take a look at how their parents succeeded in meeting  the challenge of choosing and balancing those multiple names.  And speaking of multiples, we have a few of our own—two each of Cordelia, Louisa, Philippa, Willa and Theodore.

So catch up on the babyberry choices—and don’t forget to keep adding your arrivals to the Baby Announcement Forum.


Abigail Grace, sister of Timothy, Luke, Noah and Ashton

Agnes Eloise

Alexa Leanna, sister of Erika Michelle

Amelia Belle Sophia, sister of Ana Elizabeth, Abigail Bethany and Adalyn Emma

Amelie Winter Rose

Amity Maple, sister of Dexter Elvin and Harlan Atticus

Arrow Milena

Ava Reece, sister of Matthew Owen

Bridget O’Shea, sister of Cormac O’Shea

Cecilia Antoinette

Clarissa Marie, sister of Cadence Alexandra Elizabeth

Cordelia Arliss

Cordelia Ruby, sister of Harry Oliver and Rose Emmeline

Daphne Blythe

Diana Sophie, sister of Timothy John and twins Peter Benjamin and Rose Elizabeth

Elizabeth Helena, sister of Vivienne Sophia

Emmeline Amelia Story, triplet of Jack August Hopper and Hugo Thackeray Fox

Flora Beatriz Pearl, triplet of Damon Jeremy Elijah and Julius Maxwell Reid

Gracie Reid

Felicity Elizabeth Louise, sister of Elijah Michael 

Harlow June Maire

Isobel Claire

Ivy Jane, sister of Leo Aaron

Karys Eileen, sister of Pell Jamison, Gavin Arthur and Dillon Patrick

Lila Olive, twin sister of Nora Charlotte

Lily June, sister of Elle Sofia and Alice Paige

Louisa Claire, sister of Evelyn Susanne and Eli Michael

Louisa Gabrielle

Luisa (Lulu) Wren, sister of Frankie Rose

Lydia Jean Adeline, sister of John Bryant, Jr and Leo Makai

Mabel Mazarine, twin sister of Primrose Penelope (“Posy”)

Maeve Elisabeth

Mara Juliette, twin sister of Ruby Sienna, sister of Avalon Jude and Keziah Lin

Mary Helen, sister of Richard Henry, Anne Elizabeth and James Edward

Meredith Keen, sister of Eleanor Marie

Nora Charlotte, twin sister of Lila Olive

Miette Tulip Priscilla, twin sister of Ruby Lilac Jessica

Olive Isabelle

Opal Eleanor Bloom, sister of Ezra Valentin Benzion

Parker Hermione Dunn

Peri Savannah

Philippa Margaret, sister of Evangeline Bree

Philippa Margaret Rose, sister of Henry Louis Robert and Beatrice Violet Blossom

Piper Jewel

Primrose Penelope (“Posy”),  twin sister of Mabel Mazarine

Rowan Sol, sister of Bodhi Lucian

Ruby Sienna, twin sister of Mara Juliette, and sister of Avalon Jude and Keziah Lin

Scarlett Rowena, twin sister of Murphy Atticus, and sister of Eliska, Gabriel and Naomi

Story Elise, sister of Jasiah Miles and Audrey Meriyah

Tallulah Beatrix, sister of Clementine June

Trudy Josephine

Verti Feliz

Willa Helene, sister of Odelle Beatrice

Willa Capri

Winter Rosamund

Wren Iris, sister of Ivy Fae


Abram Vincent, brother of Penelope Jane and Lucia Grace

Antoine Raphael

Ari Wren

Atticus North, brother of Hugo Foster, Oscar Elias, Daphne Indigo, Elodie Paloma and Scarlett Athena

Calder Weston, brother of Jacinda Nicole

Calvin Joseph

Carter William

Cato Bellamy Jay

Chase Maverick, brother of Jackson Phoenix

Cohen William Philip, brother of Eden

Damon Jeremy Elijah,  triplet of Julius Maxwell Reed and Flora Beatriz Pearl

Dean Harold, brother of Lucy Francesca and Rose Victoria

Derek Night

Elliot James, brother of Aaron David

Ezra Cecil, brother of Isaiah James

Flynn William Warfield, brother of Dashiell David Rowe

Foster KingsleyFoxbrother of Eloise Julian and Beatrix London

Graham Thomas

Henry William Roscoe, brother of Jack Champion

Hugo Thackeray Fox, triplet of Jack August Hopper and Emmeline Amelia Story

Isaac Edward

Jack August Hopper, triplet of Hugo Thackeray Fox and Emmeline Amelia Story

John Alexander E-Hon

Josias Alasdair Emmanuel, brother of Cecily Juliana

Jude Revere, brother of Clementine Happy

Julian Harvey, brother of Sidney Warren and Cara June

Julius Maxwell Reid, triplet of Damon Jeremy Elijah and Flora Beatriz Pearl

Kellen Anthony, brother of Brendan Austin and Colten Abel

Leo Michael, brother of Max Laurent

Linus Theodore, brother of Polly Bloom

Macauley Jack Edward

Murphy Atticus, twin brother of Scarlett Rowena and brother of Eliska, Gabriel and Naomi

Porter Finn

Rivers Boyd

Rylan, brother of Samuel and Brant

Shepard Jones

Simon Paul, brother of Eleanor

Sterling Michael

Theodore Andrew, brother of Gwendolyn Cecilia

Theodore Ezra John

Tobin Azriel, brother of Louis, Hector, Lottie and Martha 

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maggiemary Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 5:26 am

So many lovely names and these are my particular favorites:

Agnes Eloise
Amity Maple
Cordelia Arliss
Daphne Blythe
Elizabeth Helena
Flora Beatriz Pearl
Ivy Jane
Mabel Mazarine
Mary Helen
Nora Charlotte
Opal Eleanor Bloom
Philippa Margaret
Philippa Margaret Rose
Primrose Penelope
Willa Helene
Winter Rosamund

Abram Vincent
Atticus North
Cato Bellamy Jay
Ezra Cecil
Hugo Thackeray Fox
Isaac Edward
Jack August Hopper
John Alexander E-Hon
Josias Alasdair Emmanuel
Julius Maxwell Reid
Theodore Ezra John
Tobin Azriel

Danni Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 6:42 am

Wow! Our nameberries chose STELLAR baby names. I am positively floored at these gorgeous combos. Congratulations to all!

My favorite combos:

Atticus North
Jude Revere
Phillipa Margaret Rose
Cordelia Arliss

Unexpected first names:

(b) Tobin, Shepard, Sterling, Macauley, Foster, Ari, Abram
(g) Agnes, Amity, Arrow, Trudy, Verti, Parker, Peri, Miette

Favorite middles across the board:

Hermione, Warfield, Night, Bellamy, Harvey, Ezra, Vincent, Sol, Bloom, Maple, Antoinette, Priscilla

Mego0801 Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 7:08 am

I’m a little disheartened to see the wonderful Posy claimed as a nickname again instead of a fabulous first name! I’m still on the campaign to have it recognized more widely as a completely legitimate first name and not just a nickname!!

A fair bit of these are fantastic names, I only wish the naming parents loved nearby so I could meet some of these kiddos! (Tobin!
Amity! [is someone a Divergent fan? Lol] Story! Winter! Iris!! <3)

Just as many of them are nms, but I am picky and I know it, and those names that aren't my style are still wonderful. I love seeing the diversity, I hope it spills over into the non berry crowd!

Thanks so much for compiling this post!

cilla Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 7:50 am

Miette and Ruby are my twins:
@Danni Priscilla is my name and Jessica is my middle name. The floral middles are to give them a connection even with there different first names. Miette was just a favourite and my husband really wanted a Mia to me it just sounds too nicknamey.

kyemsma Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 8:01 am

Wow – so many wonderful names! Diana Sophie, Daphne Blythe, Maeve Elisabeth, Elliot James, Jack August Hopper, and Kellen Anthony caught my eye, amongst many others.:)

Whirligig Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 10:35 am

I like:
Amelie Winter Rose
Emmeline Amelia Story
Nora Charlotte
Lila Olive
Piper Jewel
Primrose Penelope
Wren Iris
Ivy Fae

Murphy Atticus
Jack August Hopper
Hugo Thackery Fox
Atticus North

But my favourites are still Jack, Hugo and Emmy the triplets! Amazing names!

mayday_fridaybabe Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 11:53 am

Ava Reese
Ivy Jane
Abigail Grace
Ruby Sienna
Wren Iris
Louisa Claire
Luisa Wren
Clarissa Marie
Rose Victoria
Lucia Grace
Penelope Jane
Scarlett Athena

Henry William Roscoe
Theodore Ezra John
Tobin Azriel
Jack August Hopper
Hugo Thackeray Fox
Bodhi Lucian

I liked these names, especially Rose Victoria.

isabel_r Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Oh, how I love these posts!

The Jack, Hugo, Emmeline sibset is definitely my favorite! Classic first, lovely spunky mn, then completely unexpected 2nd mn. Great!

I love siblings Elliot & Aaron, and also Theodore & Gwendolyn.

Dean Harold (& his sisters) have such sweet names.

Loved seeing Ari and Bellamy on boys

Mei_Mei Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Um, you guys know about half of these babies are non-existent, right?

jjustice5710 Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

@Mei_Mei, After a combined 37 hours of labor for my boys, I assure you that Henry William Roscoe and Jack Champion are very much in existence.

Mei_Mei Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I’m not doubting any one labor or mother. Its impossible to know, really. It’s more of a collective thing. Call me cynical.

Rin Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

There have been a few instances where fakes have been caught out, which is a shame as they can ruin things for other people.


There are some fabulous names here, my favourites are:

Amelie Winter Rose
Arrow Milena
Daphne Blythe** This one is my absolute favourite 🙂
Opal Eleanor Bloom

Atticus North
Foster Kingsley “Fox”

sagittaria Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Clarissa Marie definitely exists. 😀

southern.maple Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

This is quite a lovely collection of names, although like previous posters I wonder how many of these names belong to actual babies.

Mara_lyn86 Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Lovely names. It is true, some may not belong to actual babies but it is nice thinking that real babies in the world are receiving nice names.

R_J Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I love many of these names, but how perfect are the three sisters named Lily June, Elle Sofia, and Alice Paige?

onelove19 Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I can assure you that my little Isaac Edward is real 🙂 I am looking at his cute little mug as I type! His sister is calling him Ziggy and she is Eden/Edie Rose.

Betsy Buttercup Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Mei_Mei, I don’t know about half being fake. I’d put it more like at one in five or one in six, with the likelihood of fakeness being significantly higher in birth announcements for multiples (maybe like one in three in those cases). I’m not calling anyone out, but there was one either twin or triplet announcement with very fanciful names where I was like, “is this for real?” so I went back and looked at the girl’s old posts and she definitely contradicted her story on herself and her family makeup multiple times. I’ve also seen people called out in the birth announcements for announcing the births of two separate sets of multiples a few months apart. So it’s not wrong to be skeptical!

rachel_lessard Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Theodore Ezra John is definitely real! I’m feeding my sweet boy right now! This list has so many great names, and I love these quarterly reports, even if some of the names are not real 🙂

WhitneyQ Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

They are all fabulous names, but my favorites are:
Agnes Eloise
Amelia Belle Sophia
Amelie Winter Rose
Daphne Blythe
Diana Sophia
Felicity Elizabeth Louise
Louisa Claire
Philippa Margaret Rose
Atticus North
Ezra Cecil
Henry William Roscoe
Theodore Ezra John

Congrats everyone!

Saranel Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Felicity Elizabeth Louise is most certainly real. She just turned 3 months old today!

shanbrownie Says:

October 4th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

What on Earth would drive someone to make a fake birth announcement?? Not just a hypothetical question, can someone explain this?

Blade Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 12:08 am

Ive been lurking on nameberry for years. I think it usually starts innocuously enough– people interested in names naturally fantasize about the babies who will have them, and to be honest it’s much much easier to get attention when you claim you’re naming an actual child rather than just playing with combos or adding to your name list. So people claim a fake pregnancy and naming becomes a competitive sport.

There are a few ways to spot the fakes. Firstly, the incidence of multiples is WAY higher here than in the actual population. If people post birth announcements about multiples, esp. higher-order multiples like triplets, and there’s no mention of any NICU stay or other health issues, they’re usually fake. Secondly, family size: it’s the rare family nowadays that has more than three children. Four is uncommon, but five and up is really rare. If the naming style across multiple children (which should represent at least a decade of one’s life) remains cursively fixed– especially if the naming style is exactly the names that are frequently discussed on nameberry today, but never would have been 10-12 years ago, that’s a fake. Thirdly, in the US it is genuinely uncommon to have three given names. In the UK it happens more, but it’s considered very posh and a bit snobby. The incidence of 3+ given names is again much higher here, which can be partially explained by the fact that it’s a naming website and people will naturally have a great attachment to certain names. Lastly– in reality, children aren’t named in a vacuum. In reality, children receive family names, baby’s dad has a strong say, etc. in reality, a three-barreled given name where all choices are literary and ornate and nameberry darlings is a rare bird indeed.

That’s why naming threads where there’s literally no mention of due dates, or baby’s dad and his thoughts, or the necessity of including certain names that one doesn’t necessarily like to placate family, etc– those threads are usually the fakers.

linda Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 12:47 am

We do try to keep our antennae out for the fakes, but a few inevitably probably do slip through. In terms of the three given names, don’t forget that a good number of our posters are not American.

mimimommy Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 11:53 am

Maeve Elisabeth is real. She’s snoozing away right now, as I’m looking at her. I don’t know how it got missed, but her brother’s name is Quinton Vladimir.

shanbrownie Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

@blade Thank you so much for that explanation. I found it completely fascinating. I suppose in our look-at-me culture I shouldn’t be that shocked.

LyndsayJenness Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Nice summary Blade! My American boys have 2 middle names, and I was completely inspired by nameberry and the Telegraph birth announcements to do that, I bet I’m not the only one, so I’d guess nameberry has higher rates of two middle names than normal.

This is a gorgeous list of names, good job everybody! Not going to list my favorites because all of them are amazing! Some of the girls names make me so jealous! My favorite is Flynn William Warfield, brother to Dash, because they’re mine 😉

hvnlydevil Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Impressive list! I am liking Calder. Fits with our naming style.

Mei_Mei Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Thank you, Linda, I appreciate the response. Any forum is going to have fakers, especially name forums! Comes with the territory. I just think it’s important that there be stated rules against it, with consequences If you are caught out (banned from forum). I guess I feel that environment of trust is desirable, so it’s nice to know that the issue of fakery/trolls is taken seriously, not ignored, brushed over or even rewarded.

Meriyah2 Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 12:20 am

Story Elise is real!! I’m fighting my exhaustion at this very moment waiting for her to wake up so I can nurse her.

On a positive note this list is amazing! It’s because of Nameberry and its fresh thinking followers that my husband and I put all our fears aside and named our daughter the name that fit her best! Keep up the good work Berries!!

UniqueNameLover Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 2:13 am

So sad to see Cordelia getting so popular! 🙁

WeeGingerFaerie Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Gorgeous combos, glad to be a part of this list.

I can also confirm Wren Iris & Ivy Fae are definitely real and Scottish xx

mariahsweet Says:

October 6th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Blade, well said!

cilla Says:

October 7th, 2012 at 5:06 am

My twins are real, Mia and Roo (Miette and Ruby) 🙂

Mom2CessaNSy Says:

October 7th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I always look forward to these lists too, and not just because my son Josias Alasdair Emmanuel is on here this go round. (And he is definitely real with the colic to prove it *sigh*). Real or not, I enjoy perusing a good list of names so I do appreciate these. We chose 2 middle names for our son so that our older daughter (who’s nearly 7) could select one middle name all herself–she chose Emmanuel. The full story is listed in the Birth Announcement section. Also, being a nameophile and this being our last child (and, well, being a closet Times/Telegraph reader and BBC-watcher), the 3-name-thing seemed to fit a lot of criteria for us. I agree with what the poster above (Blade) writes for identifying fake birth announcements; it was very well thought out and well written. Congrats to all on their new little ones (or at the very least on some lovely names whether bestowed or not).

BerryBry Says:

December 25th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Oooooh!!! Flora Beatriz Pearl!! I love it!!! I might have to write a story about it!! Yes! And her siblings will be Andrea Desiree May and Joseph Axel Paul!! Ooooooh! This list is amazing!! I particularly love how matched sibsets and middle names are!

BerryBry Says:

December 25th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

My fave sibsets are probably:
Leo and Max
Talulah and Clementine
Cordelia, Harry and Rose
By the way, don’t you also think that Bridget and Cormac are a really interesting sibset!!!!!

ElsaAnne Says:

January 23rd, 2013 at 5:22 am

Absolutely adore twins – Primrose Penelope & Mabel Mazarine, made me see Mabel in a whole new light!

Yeahbabyirock Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I assure you my little Amelie Winter Rose is very real, the also very real bags under my eyes are starting to fade now as she is 7 months x

sarahmezz Says:

October 10th, 2013 at 12:43 am

Such gorgeousness! Congratulations all. My favourites for each gender:

Amity Maple
Cecilia Antoinette
Daphne Blythe
Flora Beatriz Pearl
Mabel Mazarine
Atticus North
Foster Kingsley
Hugo Thackeray Fox
Julian Harvey
Linus Theodore

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