Baby Names 2013: 14 top trend predictions
Nameberry’s predictions for baby names 2013:
Biggest Big Picture Trend: Ancient Names
Russell Crowe’s Gladiator and HBO’s Rome may have kindled the trend for Ancient Roman names, but then the megahit The Hunger Games drove it into the big-time. With another film of the series set for November 2013, we predict that names of old world gods and goddesses, mythological heroes and leaders will dominate birth announcements. Choices we’ll be hearing more of include Augustus and Atticus, Persephone and Athena, Juno and Julius, Thor and Maeve. The appeal transcends the pop culture influence: These names are as powerful as they are deep, arming a child to triumph over earthly challenges.
- Russell Crowe’s Gladiator and HBO’s Rome may have kindled the trend for Ancient Roman names, but then the megahit The Hunger Games drove it into the big-time. With another film of the series set for November 2013, we predict that names of old world gods and goddesses, mythological heroes and leaders will dominate birth announcements. Choices we’ll be hearing more of include Augustus and Atticus, Persephone and Athena, Juno and Julius, Thor and Maeve. The appeal transcends the pop culture influence: These names are as powerful as they are deep, arming a child to triumph over earthly challenges." >
- Sandys or even Sandras, but the endless repetition of the name is statistically likely to increase the use of S names—as was the case of K names after Katrina. Along with a wave of babies born nine months after the storm, we predict the rise of names with a Sandy-like sound, such as Alessandra or Cassandra or Sander. From there you can stretch to the word names Sand, Dune, Beach, or even Storm." >
- Leo has been climbing the charts since the emergence of Leonardo DiCaprio, but other leonine names popular in Europe are set to invade our shores. Leon has been a top name in Germany and high in Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and even Ireland for a decade—and that could happen here. Other leonine names stylish overseas with potential in the U.S. include Leonie, Lionel and Lev, along with Leopold and Leonora which don’t mean lion but feel as if they should. One celebrity cut right to the chase, when Alex O’Loughlin recently named his son Lion." >
- Ballerina to Bear, Sweetheart to Seven to Song to Star to Saint in middle place following more conventional firsts." >
- Reese Witherspoon named her baby son Tennessee, it wasn’t in honor of playwright Williams. Rather, it has deep personal resonance, Reese having been raised in Tennessee, her mother’s native state. Other celebs have chosen names of places that also have emotional significance, while another contingent have gone for the more exotic— Chris Hemsworth’s daughter India – or the down-to-earth, as with Nick Lachey’s Camden." >
- Annie and Molly, Ben and Max – are now borne by new parents, who we predict will turn to vintage nicknames from the Mad Men era for their own children, with the most fashionable choices for boys. While Don and Dick have not yet reemerged, we see a new generation of kids with names like Hank and Hal, Ray and Fay, Millie and Monty, and Lous of both genders." >
- French names have more chic, but baby namers are beginning to appreciate the distinctive charms of the Scandinavian, inspired by a combination of Siri and Stieg Larsson. Some names have been introduced by celebrities, like Stellan and Viggo and Liv, others by starbabies such as Kai, Magnus (there was one born to Elizabeth Banks just this week), and Axel, but there are other appealing choices as well, including Linnea, Signy, Astrid, Soren, Leif, and Lars. In the upcoming Hobbit trilogy, one of the major characters is named Thorin." >
- Lily, Lila, Lola, Leila, Layla, Lillian. But we suspect that tongues are getting tired of reaching up for all those L’s and that the trend has passed its tipping point." >
- Baby namers have started to turn from cultivated gardens and look to the fields where flowers grow wild. Hottest of these at the moment are Clover and Poppy, along with uncultivated tree names Juniper and Maple. For the adventurous, there are choices like Thistle, Dandelion, and Buttercup. The herbal names from The Hunger Games are also influential, but more Rue and Primrose and less Katniss." >
- Winter (used by Gretchen Mol) itself is sounding fresher than Summer or Autumn, and March and January are moving in on May and June. We’ve also been seeing Snow and Frost, especially as middle names, and we predict there’ll be more crisp and nippy names ahead." >
- William, of course, has been a stalwart in the baby name world for centuries, but other names sharing that initial have lagged behind. Now suddenly there is a flurry of long-neglected W-names resurfacing. For boys, there are West, Weston, Wesley, Warren, Walker, Walter, Winston, Wilson, Wilder, Wylie and Wyatt, and for girls, Willa, Willow, Winter, Winnie, Waverly, and even clunky Wilhelmina is back on board after being chosen recently by Natalie and Taylor Hanson." >
- Emily to Emma to Ella, so Etta makes sense as a successor. She was a Top 100 name at the end of the nineteenth century, falling off the list in 1966, but the recent death of the great blues singer Etta James brought her name back into the spotlight, inspiring at least one celeb— Carson Daly—to use it for his daughter." >
- Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyers’s twins or that of Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze Jr’s son. Uma Thurman waited three months to leak the names of her daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson—though maybe it took her that long to configure them." >
- Jayden, Ashton, Ava and Emma: the cutting-edge parent today is much more interested in a single-syllable name or one that has three or even four syllables. On the rise: the short and sleek Cole, Zane, Eve and May; and at the other end of the spectrum: Macallister (choice of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer), Penelope (new non-K Kardashian name), Arabella and Theodora." >
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on November 16th, 2012 at 9:03 am
I have found myself waning on loving double ‘l’ names, but I’ll always love Lily/Lillian. And I suppose it’s not surprising that names are gravitating to quite long or very brief.
On Nameberry, there seem to be two major camps on nicknames: those who want none at all (so they use a name with little to no nn options, such as these short monikers) and those who want a longer name with many options. I’m sure that idea is far more wide spread than just our community.
on November 16th, 2012 at 10:07 am
Wow, a lot of my favorite names and name types are on this list, like god/goddess names, meaningful place names, quirky word names for middles, winter names, and Primrose. They’re names I’ve loved since I was a teen or before, though, so I guess I’m just ahead of the trends! 😉
on November 16th, 2012 at 10:11 am
I have definitely loved Etta for years. Surprised it is finally getting some attention. Like the previous poster, I believe I tend to be ahead of the trends.
on November 16th, 2012 at 10:17 am
Sigh. If only DH would read these posts, I think some of my more “out there” suggestions might be seen as right on trend.
on November 16th, 2012 at 11:17 am
Gah! I can’t believe Persephone is getting popular. Grr….
on November 16th, 2012 at 11:44 am
A lot of these make sense with what I have been seeing, especially the lion one, there are a ton of Leo’s now. And the quirky middle names, which I’m not a fan of. I’m glad my names aren’t on the trend, although they might be when we finally have kids!
on November 18th, 2012 at 12:42 am
Interesting blog, though I wish that you listed all the names first as it is SO slow to download the photos and then read the next part of the blog.
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on November 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
I am still blown away as I read this for the 4th time that Leopold is a “good option” !? I NEVER would predict that the clunky, under dog of a name I picked last year would be trendy in 2013! Gah!
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on July 23rd, 2013 at 10:32 am
I have to say – i seriously doubt any of the names on this list will actually become ‘popular’
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