Baby Names 2013: Future starbabies and more

This week, for her Nameberry 9 picks, Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain, looks ahead to some baby names of 2013, as well other names that made the news.

As 2012 draws to a close – the year of Blue Ivy and a girl named Maxwell Drew – we’re all wondering what’s ahead.

Make no mistake, 2012 was a great year for baby names, but 2013 should be even more exciting.  There’s the royal baby, and now an American dynasty is expecting a new addition.  Jenna Bush Hager, daughter and granddaughter of two US presidents, is due next year, and given her family’s habit of passing down relatives’ names, it should make for a great birth announcement.

Add in Shakira – what will she name her first? – and Camila Alves – will she and Matthew come up with another v-name for baby #3?  – and there’s no shortage of news expected next year.

But even the quiet weeks are chock full of interesting baby name news for name nerds, and this week name was no exception.  Surnames, nicknames, retro names … here are the nine names that caught my attention this past week:

Dex – Today is my son’s eighth birthday.  I’ve written about my kids’ names before, and the challenge of finding the right nickname for my firstborn, Alexander.  After letting go and accepting that he was content to be known as Alex, one in a sea of many, the most unexpected thing happened.  A new nickname emerged: Dex.  Could it work?  Not just for my son, but in general?  It’s a great modern update to a classic formal name.  If you love Dex, but fret that Dexter is too deadly wedded to the serial killer, Alexander might be an unconventional alternative.

Docena – Speaking of birthdays, how much fun would it be to welcome a baby on 12/12/12?  Plenty of babies arrived on December 12, 2012, and a few even clocked in at precisely 12:12 AM or 12:12 PM.  None of the names I’ve spotted so far pay homage to their noteworthy date and time of birth, but theNew York Times asked readers to brainstorm possibilities.  Docena is Spanish for dozen.  An even more subtle possibility is Viola, from The Twelfth Night.

Dinah – Let’s add one more D name, this one spotted in a birth announcement at Names For Real.  She’s as sassy as Stella, as retro as Lillian.  And yet, Dinah is seldom heard, even as Delilah, Delia, and Diana are all over message boards.

Silver Silver struck me as outlandish when 90210 character Erin Silver answered mostly to her surname.  But she has really grown on me, a logical extension of Scarlett and HarperSilver might also make a subtle seasonal name should you welcome a child over the holidays.

Sutton – Could Sutton be the next MadisonBaby Name Pondering points out that she’s made a splash on the small screen over the past few years.  She’s used more often for girls, but don’t count Sutton out for boys.

PrescottEver since Jenna Bush Hager announced that she was expecting, I’ve been combing through the extended Bush clan’s family tree.  There’s no shortage of possible surnames to reclaim. Prescott strikes me as incredibly preppy, but Scott and Preston have been favorites in recent decades.  If the new little Bush is a boy, could Prescott be their pick?

Gavin Lee – Model-actress Marisa Miller and husband Griffin welcomed son Gavin.  It’s a knightly name from Arthurian legend that has become a modern staple for boys.

Lucas Byron – Did you catch the name of Byron Allen’s third child and first son?  Allen and wife Jennifer gave him dad’s first name as a middle, a pattern many families follow.  They also used mom’s surname as their son’s first name, lending the classic Lucas quite a bit of meaning.  Big sisters are Chloe and Olivia.  It’s nice to have last names that lend themselves for such easy use in the first spot.

Eloise – Is she the next big thing?  In her recent Apartment Therapy Family name round-up, Elisabeth at You Can’t Call It “It” spotted Eloise three times, beating out white hot Harper.  Her list is packed with great appellations: Nola, Eben, Clark, Torsten, Lyra … it’s a can’t-miss column.

Do you think Eloise is the next big thing? Will Prescott or Silver catch on?  And, as always, tell us if you spotted any great names this week! 

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lucy101 Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 7:50 am

I think Eloise is a beautiful name! It has so many possibilities for middle names and is over all feminine and frilly, without being too over the top. Eloise Rose anyone?

Dardar21 Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 11:24 am

I’ve seen so many different names in this site. And the one name I have never seen is my son Zathean. Pronounced it’s an unusual name figured some one else would have it. Jus curious.


Jeanne6629 Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Eloise is my #2 girls name behind only Juliette. She is classy and romantic, but substantial. I see a toddler Lulu, a child/teen as Lu and the full name Eloise to use as an adult / professional. Crossing my fingers for two little ladies 🙂

MissusAytch Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Eloise is pretty, and I love the nn Loi (LOW-ee).

Abby Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

@MissusAytch – I like the idea of Loi for Eloise – like Chloe and Zoe, right?

WaltzingMoreThanMatilda Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Eloise is Top 100 here, so I guess it’s already the “next big thing”. It’s really racing ahead in the US though!

joel613 Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I’d love to see Dinah become more widely used, it’s beautiful in it’s simplicity.

littlebrownpony Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I have a little Eloise, who was named after my grandmother, Lois. I knew she was stylish, but I really didn’t think she was going to get so trendy! But weirdly, I don’t mind, I’m thrilled whenever I see her name anywhere. It makes me kind of wish we actually called her that (we call her Lola.)

Scrambledmegs Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I love Dinah! I’ve loved her for years now. I hope she’s ready for a comeback. Seems that whenever I mention her on message boards, someone always brings up the “someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah” lyric from I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, but I never made that association myself. It makes me think of Alice’s cat from Wonderland. It’s got a classy, vintage vibe to it.

I’ve had a name crush on Silver ever since 90210 used it, too. Before that, I probably wouldn’t have even considered it, but seeing it in action has caused it to grow on me.

Sutton is a guilty pleasure recently. I never made the association with Madison/Harper, but instead grouped it with my favorite unisex names like Parker and Sloane. To me, it sounds very hip and fresh on a little girl (trendy, for sure) while classic and a little country for a boy.

I agree that Prescott and Eloise are primed for greatness. I know quite a few Eloises who answer to a myriad of nicknames!

senoritashan Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Jeanne6629: SO weird! Eloise is my number two behind Juliet, haha! I’m really sad to hear that Eloise is getting so popular :/ I was really hoping it could lay low until I had kids in several years and could hopefully use the name myself!

maddiejadore Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Oh, darn! I love Eloise, and even though I won’t have kids for quite some time, I hope it’s not quite so common. However, I can understand its appeal. Ellie and Lola are cute nicknames. (No, I’m not a teenage troll, just a big name enthusiast :))

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

December 17th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I love Lucas and like Gavin and Eloise. I think Silver makes for a great middle name.

I might be one of the few people in the world who isn’t the least bit interested in Kate Middleton expecting. I mean, I would wish any mother a happy, healthy baby. But, to me, her baby is the same as any other.

LyndsayJenness Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 1:31 am

I’ve loved Dinah and Dex for years. I even contemplated (briefly) if it’d be too much to name 4 kids Dashiell, Dinah, Dex and Daphne. I concluded that it was, in fact, too much. Still love Dinah though, and the Dinah on The X Factor is from my home town.

Love Dex for your Alexander, it works, especially if it came about naturally. It’s so spunky.

Love super preppy names like Prescott for boys. Couldn’t pull that off myself but I enjoy them on others. Seems like something Chuck and Blair on Gossip Girl would name their son (speaking of, the series finale was on last night and they did a flash forward and they named their son Henry.)

For a while Chris decided he LOVED Eloise. I love it on and off. I think it’s super cute on the right kid, but I knew a very stereotypically nerdy Eloise and I can’t quite get past that to really consider it myself. I definitely get the appeal though and the plethora of nicknames combined with the uncommon, retro, classy full name are major plusses in my book!

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