Not only do we get to swoon at all of the stunning name combinations and sibsets, but we also love reading about the fascinating (and often moving) stories behind them. Berry parents take inspiration from so many sources: from art, science and religion to family, friends and personal memories.
That’s why there’s a whole sub-forum dedicated to finding the perfect little brother or sister name, hundreds of baby name games devoted to the subject, and countless threads and blog posts speculating about future celebrity sibsets — the bigger, bolder and more bonkers the better!
Combing through the Nameberry Top 100 and Top 1000 lists each year is one of our very favorite things to do! Where else would you find such diverse delights as Atticus and Aryan, Ada and Amara, all ranking in the Top 20 baby names for 2018?
Some of them might feel like surprising chart-topping choices — the very literally “nonconformist” Maverick in the Top 10, really? — but none of them feels outrageously outré. In fact, all rank comfortably within the current US Top 100.
But how about the mega-popular monikers that no one saw coming? Names like Dewey, which between 1888 and 1898 leapt from #815 to #19, or Jaime, which rose from #813 in 1966 to #29 in 1976 — or even Harper itself, which shot from #887 to #11 between 2004 and 2014. Names that seemingly came from nowhere and stormed their way up the charts.
So, crystal balls at the ready! For today’s Question of the Week, we want to hear your dark horse nominations for the trendiest baby names of the future. Of course, an awful lot depends on pop culture, celebrity influence, current affairs and more, but what unlikely candidates for future popularity would you put your money on?
Are there any as yet “undiscovered” baby names that you think have all the hallmarks of future popularity, if only more parents knew about them?
Are there any names that so perfectly capture current trends, that they almost can’t not get popular?
What’s the most unexpected name you can see rising into the Top 100 over the next decade? How about the Top 10?
At #556 in England & Wales last year, and me being British, you’d think I’d be lucky to meet a single Huxley. And yet, it seems like every time I’m out with my kids, we meet yet another little one with the name. Ditto Rafferty (#278), Annabella (#348) and Sylvie (#386).