Baby Names 2013: 14 top trend predictions

Baby names are changing faster than ever, influenced by celebrities and pop culture, ancient religions and modern catastrophes.  The major trends for 2013 draw from the names of Roman gods and the wilder side of nature, tap new international name sources and include a surprising taste for secrecy.

Nameberry’s predictions for  baby names 2013:

Most Surprising Comeback Name: Etta

Surprising and yet logical. We have seen the progression of top girls’ names shift from 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.

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klcalder2 Says:

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.

linelei Says:

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! 😉

dayjoysky2815 Says:

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.

tk. Says:

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.

UniqueNameLover Says:

November 16th, 2012 at 11:17 am

Gah! I can’t believe Persephone is getting popular. Grr….

catloverd Says:

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!

rollo Says:

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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mariahsweet Says:

November 23rd, 2012 at 12:17 am

I know a little girl named Nettle!

Goodkarmavt Says:

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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GigiGibbons Says:

April 9th, 2013 at 8:40 am

I thought Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr named their son Rocky James?

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ashlielewis Says:

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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