Category: Baby Name News

Baby Name Trends 2018

baby name trends 2018

By Pamela Redmond Satran

We head into 2018 following a year of surprises: The rise of powerful women after the fall of the first female presidential candidate, unexpected heroes (and villains) on the world as well as the theatrical stage, a new emphasis on truth as well as strength.

For Nameberry’s 2018 baby name trends, that means it’s time to get serious. In the year ahead, we predict a stronger taste for heroic names for both daughters and sons, increased flexibility in using names to equalize the genders, and a more adventurous search for names that have deep roots but feel fresh in the modern world.

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes names from Iowa, Spain, the world of dogs, and one that’s a bit of a mystery.

Highlights of 2017: Domenica and Donavan

As the end of the year approaches, we’re starting to see round-ups of the names that defined 2017, and local and unofficial  popularity lists.

Did you see the best starbaby names of the year? The stunning Domenica Celine just had time to slip in after food guru Daphne Oz welcomed her new daughter last week.

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100+ Boys’ Names You Don’t Know

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

These rare baby names are the boys’ answer to the 100+ obscure girls’ names we brought you last week.

This A to Z collection of more than 100 highly unusual names for boys includes international choices and names from familiar sources like the Bible, ancient names along with names that are  newly-minted.

What they have in common, besides the fact that you’ve probably never heard them? They’re all names you should know and — if you’re truly adventurous — may even want to use. Which of these rare boys’ names would you pick, if this were the entire universe of names?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

2017 was an interesting though somewhat serene in the starbaby world, with few celebrity baby names crying out to be called outrageous.

George and Amal Clooney set the tone when they gave their twins non-attention-grabbing names Ella and AlexanderGeorge suggesting that they would get enough attention as it is. And several other celebs followed suit with names high on the popularity list.

A few trends we’ve noticed: Several distinguished gentleman names made their entrances, including Beaumont, Montague, Robinson and Augustus. For girls there were sassy Sadies and Mabels and the resurgence of old classic names Jane, June, Jean and Joy.

Here are our picks for the outstanding starbabies’ names of 2017.

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City Baby Names and other newsy names

By Clare Bristow

City names for babies? Babies named after cities lead this week’s name news, which also includes the names of preachers and warrior queens, plus some new 2016 name data from Europe.

Super city names: Memphis, Valencia and Steel

Would you consider using a city name – maybe one with special meaning to you, or just a great sound? There’s so much variety, from obvious places names like London and Brooklyn to more subtle ones like Adelaide and Florence. Here are a few more examples from the news lately.

Memphis is an appropriately bluesy name for country singer Jason Aldean’s new son. It’s in the US top 700 and rising fast for boys. If you like the country place name vibe, you might also like Nash (as in Nashville), or Tennessee. Or if Memphis puts you more in mind of Egypt, you could consider Cairo or Alexandria.

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