Category: Trends and Predictions

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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Quirky Favorite Baby Names by State

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Which quirky favorite baby names does YOUR state love above all others? We crunched the numbers and came up with these top names in each state — not the most popular in terms of sheer numbers, but the unusual, distinctive baby names that get an outsized amount of love in each place.

Insiders know the reasons behind many of the picks. Bexley, the girls’ quirky favorite name in Ohio, comes from the name of an upscale suburb, for example, while Wisconsin’s favorite boys’ name Jordy honors Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson. Woodsy Vermonters favor nature names Wren and Wilder, while Spanish names Santana and Estevan rule in New Mexico.

Click through to find out the Quirky Favorite Names in your state — and all the rest.

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Hottest Baby Boy Names of 2017

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What are the hottest baby boy names? To find out, we measured which baby names rose most in page views in January of this year, compared to a year earlier.

For more analysis of the hottest baby names of 2017, and the trends they represent, read our post here. Or just click through our slideshow of the hottest boy names of the new year. Some of these names are just starting to catch on, while others already chart with the most popular baby names.

If you’re naming a daughter, check out the hottest baby girl names.

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