Category: Trends and Predictions
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s almost as though the various members of the Fran-name family got together for a big reunion celebrating at the joint revival of these names, sparked in part by the election of the newest Pope taking on the name of Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Suddenly we began seeing, new interest in the girls’ version Frances, as well as variations like Francine and Francesca and nicknames like Frankie.
Let’s take a look at the whole Fran Clan.
by Sophie Kihm
Are cousins likely to have names of similar styles? My first instinct is no (everyone has their own individual taste!), but when you look to famous families, some cousin-sets are remarkably well-coordinated.
Think of the Duggars, who despite choosing names from all over the popularity charts, all give their children names with religious significance. Now Joy–Anna Duggar is pregnant for the first time, and odds are she’ll continue this family tradition.
Additionally, the Kardashians come to mind when thinking of cousins with similar names. It’s hard to tell where the line is drawn for sibsets when given a list of names like North, Reign, Penelope, Dream, Saint, and Mason (for the record, it’s North and Saint; Mason, Penelope, and Reign; and Dream). Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner both announced their pregnancies this month, and I’d be willing to bet that their naming style will be more alike their sisters’ and brother’s than not.
So what do you think? Are these celebrity siblings going to break the mold or follow suit when it comes to baby names?
By Joe Satran
Nice girls don’t always finish last — at least when it comes to baby names.
Sure, many newly fashionable girls’ names are either tomboyish (Avery, Harper, Brooklyn) or opulently feminine (Sophia and Isabella). But a countervailing trend is starting to emerge. In the past few years, girls’ names with a distinctly sweet image have started to gain favor with discerning parents.
By Eleanor Nickerson
Though we share many many names in common thanks to our common language and celebrity/media influences, it’s the names that divide us that offer the most fascinating insight.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The er suffix has always been popular for boy names, in part because it’s such a common one in occupational surname names like Cooper and Hunter. But for girls—not so much. Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the 70s and 80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now #10 on the girl list. And yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon. Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best: