Category: Trends and Predictions

By Lisa Spira

Before Liam became the second most popular baby name in the United States, as it has been since 2013, it was a lesser-known Irish short form of William. It was distinctively Irish. Today, however, Liam is so popular that it feels more “American” than anything else.

It’s not the first name to broaden in usage this way. In past generations, names such as Sean and Nicole became simply American, dissociated from their Irish and French roots, respectively.

Which names from other cultures might be the next popular American names?

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44 Names from 1917 You Should Use Now!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the baby-name world there’s something called the 100-Year-Rule, the theory that it takes a century for names to be ready to make a comeback. That timeframe has shrunk considerably, with the resurgence of names from the fifties, sixties and even later, that is happening right now.

But every year we do like to look back at the names from a century ago, to dig for Top 500 examples that haven’t made it back to the current Top 1000 (actually two years short since we’re still looking at 2015) , but have the potential to do so. And for good measure, we’ll add the names that are in that same position now.

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Popular Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

In just a few weeks, we’ll see the new popular baby names list for the US. The official list is always packed with surprises, as everything from pop music to sports stars influence what we name our children. Other names rise and fall without any obvious cultural connection, buoyed by style and sound alone. Usually it’s both – a promising name plus a positive association – that makes a name soar.

Here are our bets for some of the names to watch on May 12.

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Short Boy Names: Hal, Heath and Hugh

By Abby Sandel

Do you like your boy names long or short?

For every Oliver and Sebastian, there’s a Leo and Kai. But lately celebrity birth announcements have trended towards the single-syllable. Benedict Cumberbatch named his son Hal, a little brother for Kit. Tori Spelling welcomed new baby Beau. We recently learned that The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun went with Jude for his firstborn, and so did musician Jaren Johnson.

Within the big category of short and sweet names for sons there are styles to suit nearly everyone. Let’s take a look of the up-and-comers from the US popularity charts, plus some that are big on Nameberry, organized by category. From old school revivals to modern discoveries, short boy names make for a long list of possibilities.

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By Abby Sandel

We’ve always loved word names. Just ask the Pilgrim parents who chose Faith and Hope, the early twentieth century Opals and Earls, or the children of the 80s named Amber and Crystal.

Word names have boomed in the 21st century. Some are revived from the past – welcome back, Ruby and Jasper. Others have some history of use but have never enjoyed so much popularity. Even more word names feel brand new.

Over the last week, word names were in the air. The WWE’s Brie Bella shared that she plans to name her new daughter Birdy. Expectant ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder’s older daughter is called Scout. And Names for Real spotted a baby Pepper in New York.

Let’s take a look at word names that are popular on Nameberry – far more popular than in the US. None of these appear in the current Top 1000, but every one of them could crack the list soon. Given the popularity of choices like River and Chase, Autumn and Lily, any one of these could be the next big thing.

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