Baby Names 2010: The Hottest Trends

Baby Name Trends

What are as the hottest 2010 baby names trends?  Here, our 15 top picks:

MOST FASHIONABLE CONSONANT

L, by far, with the booming fashionableness of almost every L name for girls, and most especially those with two L sounds: Lila, Lola, Layla, Leila, Lily, Lillian, Delilah, Tallulah, even Lulu and Lucille.

NEW “IT” VOWEL

E, with Emma taking over from Emily (now number 3) at the top of the girls’ list, and a range of E names for both boys and girls rising through the ranks: Ethan, Eden, Eleanor, Emmett, Eli, Eliza, Elijah, Ella, Evan, Eva, Eloise, Evangeline, Elliot, Esme, et nearly al.

LATEST GENDER-BENDING TREND

Male-female name equivalents: Auden and Audrey, Isaiah and Isabella, Theo and Thea.  In fact, an association with a popular name of the opposite sex is enough to propel an unlikely choice to prominence: Edison on the coattails of Addison, for example, or Malachi hitching a ride with Makayla.


BIGGEST POP CULTURE INFLUENCE

Twilight, which has catapulted Edward (another E name) from boring old man name to sexiest boy on the block, may boost Bella to number one, and popularize such unlikely choices as Cullen and Esme.

MOST SURPRISING COMEBACK NAME

Felix, replacing Oscar.  The X factor is important in several names getting another turn in the sun — Dexter, Rex, all forms of Max – as well as some new choices, such as Maddox, Paxton, and Jaxon.

COOLEST MIDDLE NAME TREND

Double and triple middle names à la the British royals, using mother’s maiden plus another, or honoring both grandmothers or fathers at the same time.

MOST UNLIKELY MAINSTREAM TREND

Jewish surnames, specifically Cohen and Jacoby, have become hot among Middle American, distinctly non-Jewish parents.  Miller is also rising.  Next up: Shapiro?

FRENCH FASHION THAT WON’T MAKE IT HERE

Prune, most chic among names for little Parisian girls, is unlikely to find a following in the U.S.  Though its true translation, Plum, is definitely finding favor.

HOTTEST TREND INSPIRED BY A CELEBRITY BABY NAME

Did an incipient trend for bird names inspire Nicole Richie and Joel Madden to name their newborn son Sparrow, or was it the other way around?  No matter.  Bird names are the latest genre of nature names, now that the gardens of flower names have become overgrown.  Up and coming avian names: Lark, Wren, Hawk, Dove,  Anything but the dated Robin.  Then there’s also the genetic Birdie, daughter of Maura West.

BIGGEST BIG PICTURE TREND: ECONOMICAL NAMES

In this era of tighter budgets and darker outlooks, 2010 baby names will be getting both shorter and more light-hearted. We see a trend toward nickname names ahead. For boys, these are economical one-syllable names: Bob, Joe, Gus, Hal, Hank, Max,. Such short forms – in every sense of the phrase are stylish and getting more so in Europe, with Jack the number one name in England, Tom tops in France, Bas and Sem popular in the Netherlands.

For girls, the nickname trend adds an “ie” onto the end of every name: Gracie, Ellie, Evie, Maisie, Josie. Trendlet: boys’ nicknames – Lou, Charlie, Sam, Frankie – for girls.

NEWEST RETRO TREND

We predict the revival of serious, no-frills names that haven’t been considered for babies in several generations: Adele, Alice, Dorothy, Edith, Evelyn, Florence, Lenore, Louise, and Marion for girls; Arthur, Frank, Harold, Harvey, Martin, Raymond, Victor, Vincent, Walter, Warren for boys. Having trouble imagining such sober names on cute little kids? We said the same thing about Moses and Matilda a handful of years ago.

ETHNIC NAME GROUP MOST LIKELY TO RISE

Latin names, both Spanish and Italian—Seraphina, Mateo/Matteo, Valentina/Valentino, Cruz, Romeo, Lucia and Luciana, and PalomaEven as one study says Hispanic parents in the U.S. are less likely to use Latin names after two or three generations, such choices are gaining in acceptance among non-Latino American parents.

GIRL TREND READY TO JUMP THE SHARK

Rose as a middle name has become as wilted as such old school connective names as Lee and Lynn, Ann and Marie.  And Grace is coming up fast behind it.

BOY TREND READY TO JUMP THE SHARK

Two syllable faux surname-names.  When people are naming their sons after prisons such as Ryker, it’s time to stop.

TREND WE’D MOST LIKE TO SEE DIE

Reality TV names that feel about as authentic as the people behind them – Khloe, Audrina, Jaslene.  Come on, people,  Even Jackson, as in Michael, is a more unambivalently worthy namesake.

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abbey Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 5:52 am

Part of me wants to scream… I had Seraphina picked out as a hot name in 2006, Paloma was my #1 girl name in 2004, and my son is Felix, named nearly six years ago and he would have been Audrey if a girl. Two years ago I loved the name Alice. Do I just have a knack for picking the next hot thing or is it just bad luck? I always wanted something different but not made up and it seems all I do is pick the next craze! Aghghhhhh.

Lauren Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 6:56 am

I am so sad that Felix is the next Oscar….I truly love the name and it’s first choice at the moment for our little boy, due in less than 4 weeks! In fact, all the names we’ve picked out are not in the top 100, but they are all popular here. And Felix isn’t the only name on ‘the list’ mentioned in this article…oh dear. I’m following trends without realizing it.

Stacy Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 8:07 am

We SO fall into the retro trend in our house… For girls, we’ve discussed Evelyn seriously (although it loses out to Vivian), Dorothy is my grandmother’s name and has been discussed (as well as Dorothea), and I’ve been lobbying especially for Alice lately. I’ve also developed quite a fondness for Edith, and rather like Martha as well. Victor has come up as well as Martin, although Martin is a family name for me, and I have two cousins with the name, so it’s likely out. And I’m fond of Raymond and Walter…

I’m also highly annoyed at Twilight, since Edward is one of the other names we like a lot, but we have no interest in sparkly vampires…

Granted, we do also like a surname-name for a boy as well, but at least it’s a family name: Coleman. And of course, it also has a nickname in the short name trend!

Arielle Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love the name Felix for a little boy but our dog’s name is Oscar so that’s never going to happen for us. 🙂

Lola Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 10:27 am

Edith, Florence, Arthur & Rex are on our lists for potential #4, please tell me they’re not going to skyrocket! :O
Florence & Rex are especial favorites too.

Felix & Oscar both are on my lists but neither is likely to be used. I’m hearing both fairly often in my area already. I can hope like heck Winifred & Remy are safe yet!
Plum is one of my favorite fruits and has a safe spot in the middle for me.

Interesting post, I can’t wait to see what really happens. Now I’m dying to see 2011! 😀

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 10:31 am

Ha ha, Lola. It’s true, though — name trends are changing so fast that each year there are new and surprising developments! I doubt Edith et al will skyrocket — it’s just that they suddenly sound appealing and modern instead of dusty and dowdy. But in 10 or 15 years you might see them much closer to the top of the list.

nina Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 11:01 am

Im Australian and my daughter was born last year. I named her Heidi because it was NOT in the top 100 but was established and known. This year the top 100 names were released and there was Heidi 🙁 and i just got told a family friend named his baby Heidi…

It is impossible to outsmart the rest of society with baby names. I am very sad and hope it doesn’t become the next Olivia or Isabella

Andrea Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 11:06 am

Anyone using Ryker is probably a Trekkie naming the boy after the Star Trek: The Next Generation character. Jacoby seems to be seen as a Jacob variant more than a surname.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Mary and William were the most popular names last year at one large Baltimore hospital. The top 10 list for boys also included Michael, Robert, John, James, Matthew, Thomas, David, Ryan, Joseph, Andrew, Christopher, Alexander, Justin, and Nicholas. For girls the 10 also included Madison, Olivia, Grace, Deborah, Sarah, Emily, Patricia, Addison, Emma, Sophia, Chloe, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Margaret, Susan, Debra, Ella, Jennifer, Julia, Molly, Nancy, Abigail, Anna, and Catherine/Katherine. Compare to the 2009 list for this Fargo, N.D. hospital. Boys: Brody, Mason, Jack, Wyatt, Carter, Gavin, Jackson, Owen, Benjamin, Hunter; Girls: Ella, Olivia, Brooklyn, Taylor, Emma, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Ellie, Alexis. There are a lot of differences there. I can’t remember the last time I ran into a little girl named Mary, Patricia, Kathleen, Deborah, Margaret, Susan or Nancy in North Dakota. The Baltimore list reads a bit like it came from 1958. I don’t know if that’s a reflection of a continuing trend or one that is new.

diana Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Sorry guys! I’ve stopped having kids several years ago but have continued following name trends. It’s unfortunate, but true. It’s very difficult to be unique when everyone else is trying to be unique too. All of my name choices, which were original when chosen, have become more popular than I wished them to be. Vivian was one of my choices, Lark, Paloma (which actually is my daughter’s middle name) were all choices that would have been original when I chose them which are now in the rising ranks–oh well. It’s annoying but what are yo going to do?

belly Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

wow, scary to see myself in here, when i try to avoid “trends.” but using two middle names has always appealed to me. and yeah, let’s get rid of rose and grace for middle names (says a girl who loves her middle name–lynn).

TobysMommy Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I’m trying to make peace with the fact that if I get my way with naming my next child and if she’s a girl, I will be following some trends. I am in love with the name Hazel Juliana, which follows both the celeb-name trend and the old-fashioned name trend…plus I know it’s climbing the chart. I’ve decided not to care and hope it doesn’t hit the top 100.

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Kari Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I think people place too much importance on having a totally unique name. Odds are, even if there’s a name you like trending upwards, your child might know one or two other kids with that name. It’s not like there will be a classroom full of Hazels. My 13 yr old daughter is an Olivia, and yes, it’s annoying that it’s so popular now, but there’s only one other Olivia in her grade at school. She loves her name, and that’s all that matters.

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Andrea Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

It is pretty rare to see more than one or two of a popular name on a classroom roster, though there are probably 3 or 4 to a class if you have a larger school with 200 or more kids in a class. But those kids aren’t all going to be attending the same 8 a.m. chemistry class either. There’s a bit more variety in names these days and they are less frequently used. I do think there are a lot of classes filled with kids who have rhyming names. It can be frustrating for a teacher to have Jayden, Kayden, Hayden and Brayden in the same class or Caitlin, Katelyn and Kaylee and Haylee or Madison and Addison. I’ve had more than one teacher tell me they wish Mom and Dad would be a little more original because it can get confusing when names are so similar.

Katie Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Yes, enough with Rose and Grace as middle names already. That goes for Marie and Nicole, too.

Roxanne Says:

January 7th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

My husband’s name is Oscar, and we long ago settled on the name Felix, ha ha.

Gigi Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 1:31 am

Twilight will not stop me from bnaming my future son Edward. Thank you.

phaedra Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 9:52 am

As someone who just named my daughter Cora (apparently a hipster favorite), I’d just like to point out that “Nameberry popular” isn’t necessarily “world at large popular.” For instance, all my kids’ names are ranked at about the 170s in the U.S. by the SSA, and I don’t know any other kids with their names. But by Nameberry standards, they’d be “hot” or “up and coming.”

So don’t freak out – Seraphina and Maddox, while trendy by Nameberry standards, are not necessarily the next Jennifer and Aidan!

Pamela Satran Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 10:13 am

Absolutely true, Phaedra. In fact, nameberry popular is probably just right!!

reely Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 10:19 am

This is a very interesting list!
But have completely missed something? What is the connection between Felix and Oscar?!

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 10:26 am

Felix and Oscar are the two guys in the show The Odd Couple!

susan Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 11:52 am

Love the newest retro trend – Lenore, Alice, Chester, and Harvey, etc. Also love Edward, but I’ve never seen “Twilight”.

veganmomma Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I’m mostly in agreeement with Phaedra and would like to add that region and class must also be considered. I taught at an elite private girls school in the South between undergrad and grad school (about 10 years ago) where I had 4 Eleanors simultaneously (though all spelled differently 1 Elinor, 2 Eleanors, 1 Elleonore whose actually first name was Zella), long before the old fashioned naming trend. My kids names, while thankfully still not supertrendy will likely find their way onto the hot trends of 2012 list for New Yorkers but will still be unique in New Orleans.

McKenzie Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’ve been keeping an eye on these lists not so much for fear of picking something too popular but to get more ideas. My husband and I have tried to come up with something for our baby girl due in 10 weeks that has some family connection and some degree of individuality. Oddly Serafina is a middle name contender but mostly because it’s a family name on my husband’s side. We’ve also thought of Chloe but that’s because it’s a variation on my truly odd (and family history based) middle name of Clo. They aren’t the only names but I find it funny that the two with the most connection to our family end up being “popular” to some extent and I’m okay with that. 🙂

My name was incredibly rare growing up. I think I had one person in one class in college with the same name and she spelled it with an “a”. I didn’t turn out any better or less damaged than any of my friends who had to be Jennifer B. or Amanda A. through elementary school because of the two or three other girls with the same names. There are pluses and minuses to both sides.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

McKenzie, most nameberryites would kill for a family name like Serafina Clo. I say just stop there — it’s great!

Renee Says:

January 8th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I agree with Phaedra and others…the reason these trends are on the list is because they’ve been much discussed within the nameberry community. So the very reason that we all like names listed in the trends is because we’ve essentially “created” the trends! I think that many of these will take much longer to catch on in the country as a whole, excluding the ones getting celebrity boosts.
— Oh, and “Prune” just cracks me up!!!! 🙂

Charlotte Vera Says:

January 9th, 2010 at 3:19 am

Phooey, I love both Felix and Edith.

Fantastic post, by the way. It cracks me up when I talk to young mothers who think they’re being so unique when they decide to call their kid a name like Evelyn, nickname Evie. (Note: I do, in fact, like the name Evelyn, and I am, in fact, glad that those older, more sober names are getting a dusting off.)

Elizabeth Says:

January 9th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

With “e” as the hot new vowel, I’ve been wondering if the name Elin will receive a bump. (The name of Tiger Woods wife) It’s a name that has been heard a lot recently, but I don’t think people consider her a celebrity. Opinions?

Pamela Satran Says:

January 9th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Interesting observation, Elizabeth. A name that’s in the news, even connected with a negative event, can sometimes spark a trend for that name. I’m not sure Elin by any spelling can feel modern at the moment, but the Elinor version might enjoy a bump thanks to Tiger’s wife.

e2theliz Says:

January 9th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I have always been a fan of any name with ELI in it. My name is Elizabeth and although ever popular, i always liked it for its many nickname possibilities. I tried to convince my family to call me Eli when i was about 13 but it never stuck. I’ve always loved it however, and now have a 7-month-old son named Elijah nn Eli. 🙂 We were going to give him my maiden name as a middle name but my husband decided he wanted to name the baby after his grandfather, so despite the whole Twilight thing, we’ve got an Elijah Edward. Double whammy! 🙂

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An “Old” Mother of Four Says:

February 9th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I think you should be able to name your child whatever you want, regardless of trying not to be “trendy”, or avoiding the “top 100”. It’s ironic that some talk about being creative and state to prefer names that are off-the-grid, but many of the names you are talking about ARE trendy. And some names, while trendy, are just classic names (Evelyn, for example, has been around forever so how can it be trendy?).

Please don’t name your kid based on something you saw on the web or a message board. You will regret it someday, unless you truly love the name. Are most of you even expecting?

I have to say – Vivian? What a coincidence that Angelina Jolie has a daughter named Vivian (different spelling). And Seraphina is Jennifer Garner’s kid. And a really bad movie from the 60’s (Serafina). One thing I would avoid is naming your kid a celebrity baby name shortly thereafter that “celebaby” is born – Maddox, Seraphina, Harlow, Hazel, etc., etc. That to me looks more like copying than anything.

Instead of caring what other people think, or what is going to seem “cool”, just name your kid something that YOU like, regardless of popularity or whatever “nameberry” or any other website says. God, you could drive yourself crazy. If you truly want a Vivian or a Seraphina, then go for it. But not because you think they are different and cool.

Being disappointed that your kid’s name is now in the top 20, 50, 100, whatever – when you look at your child’s face, his or her name will alway be your favorite name – regardless.

I’m not going to say what I named my kids, but they are all either family names, or classic names (popular as well) and I’m sure there will be more than one of them in my kids’ school. But who cares. My husband and I like the names and that is really ALL that matters.

rachael Says:

February 14th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I’m pretty much in love with the names Aiden and Lily. [:

Barbara Says:

February 19th, 2010 at 3:00 am

I love the name Laila Resia (after my great grand mother) my mother is dying for someone in the family to use the name.

j Says:

February 19th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

My name is Jacinda,
Pronounced Jay-cinda.

And I love it!

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March 11th, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Andrea Says:

March 14th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I would like to post the name that we chose for my daughter 9 years ago~Ellison Paige. The name, Ellison, comes from my mother. It was her maiden name. We did not know of anyone that had her name at that time. However, I have had two friend that mentioned her name to others and now they have named their children Ellison. In a way its a bummer but also flattering.

Kandy Says:

March 14th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I love the name Seraphina and Rose and am going to name my first baby girl Seraphina Rose so phoee on anybody who doesn’t like it.And what about Pheobee?That’s a cute name too!

Calire Says:

March 15th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Why does everyone want to outsmart the world with a new name…. or something exceptionally unique. Each child born is more unique than a name will ever be. So just pick somthing that fits, something you like (or can agree on) and spend your energy nurturing this wonderful phenomenon, get a a silly little Paris Hilton dog and spend time trying to out do your mates naming that and matching it to your new Louis Vitton bag…. there really is more to life and most people miss the point…. what a shame!

wada Says:

March 18th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

mi bb se va a llamar roman ariel
y mi nena quiana abril

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Jessica Says:

April 8th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Speaking for the name Vivian – I have loved the name since I was in high school and read the book “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” I delcared after reading the book that it would be the name of my future daughter.
Needless to say, I (literally!) cried when Angelina Jolie named her daughter Vivienne. It was crushing to know that the name would soon go from “classic and vampy” to “trendy and cutsie.”
I know it’s silly to get caught up in being a non-conformist and I sometimes wonder if, in the quest to be a non-conformist, we all end up being conformists?
Make sense? 🙂

lisa Says:

April 13th, 2010 at 2:53 am

I like the names violet and Noah my boyfriend likes Julian

Joyce Says:

April 13th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Yes, Vivian was our girl name if our son was a girl. Two weeks after he was born, the Jolie-Pitts had their Vivienne. Now we are expecting a girl in June and have been torn about using Vivian this time or not using it because of the celebrity-link. Sometimes it feels like it shouldn’t matter. And other times, I can’t get over it.

fran Says:

April 25th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

i love the name Ivy, I can’t see it on any list, but I know it’s an old name. My husband liked it in the beginning, but has now put his foot down and said no. Problem is, I’m in love with it already and I can’t imagine giving my daughter any lesser (in my eyes) name. Once he sees me go through labour, will he let me hsve my way do you think?

Janine Says:

April 28th, 2010 at 11:12 am

Fran, I’m in the same shoes! I LOVE Mia but hubby says no 🙁 instead we agreed on Mariah, but i secretly still REALLY wish for a little Mia. If its a boy it will be little Holden Luis

Melanie Says:

April 29th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I love the name Felix! Sounds kind of cheesy but I remember watching ‘Road to Avonlea’ when I was little and I loved the boy Felix in it…always getting into mistchief! I’m almost sure we are naming our baby that if it’s a boy, due in 8 weeks. I think it is a great name for a little guy yet still sounds cool when he’s a grown up.

abc Says:

June 1st, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I love the names Alexandra and James!!! Its sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Suzi Says:

June 7th, 2010 at 10:50 am

I’ve chosen Theo Jack Wills if it’s a boy, and Lily-May Rose Wills for a girl. Are these going to be really popular this year?

Katie Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 5:04 am

We’ve chosen Iris for our little girl who’s due November. It isn’t popular as such at the moment…just hope it stays that way. Can’t think of a middle name though and it’s driving us mad! Any ideas gratefully accepted, but it has to fit nicely with Iris.

Chevy Says:

June 11th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

My husband and I just recently had twins and we named our beautiful little girls Karsynn Olivia Johnson and Kyrinn Sophia Johnson! We’re happy with our choices-they’re different, yet classic!

Danni Says:

June 21st, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I had the name Harper picked out ten years ago when it was very unpopular, but now I’m chucking it because it’s becoming so popular! Soooo disappointing 🙁

Anetta Says:

June 23rd, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Oh my gosh having baby girl triplets in October! Names are: Lena Abigail, Violet Hanne and Nora Maelynn.

sisi Says:

June 28th, 2010 at 8:30 am

I’m currently on the search for a fourth baby name. Something not too common. I already have 2 boys called Khya and Ty and a baby girl named Kianya.

Vorpaks Says:

July 6th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Too funny! I named my daughter Evelyn Emma, both of which are on there. >.< Ah well. There is a reason it is so cool now — it is my daughter's name!

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amelia Says:

July 15th, 2010 at 8:54 am

My husband and I named our little girl Quinn Lily, I love her name and I dont know any others around my area with the name. Others that we loved were Carter and Mason for a boy and Lily and Emma for a girl. We have a second on the way and are thinking Bryce Lucas for a boy and Raelynn Grace for a girl, there not yet completly decided as Heidi and Ellie are also high on the list for girls !

Ashley Says:

July 21st, 2010 at 2:46 pm

We have a baby girl due in November and have chosen Annabelle Louise, after my husband’s dearly departed grandmother. Our first daughter is Lilian Marie, after a great-grandmother, and another grandmother on my side. We call her Lily, but that’s just a nickname. I love the fact that they are both named after deceased loved ones!

Teena Says:

July 22nd, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I agree you should pick names you love, and be happy about it… but I understand the frustration of trying to be original and ending up following a trend. Eden was about #400 when I named my daughter and now I read it on trend lists all the time. We’ve met a few Edens and I imagine will meet many more in the future.

Hannah Says:

July 25th, 2010 at 1:07 am

I want to name my son Jasper Riley, as I have loved it for over 6 years (it is even written in my high school diary!) but now BOTH names are in Twilight, so i am worried about having 6 other Jaspers in his class! I have a son named Brock, and 3 months after he was born an Aussie legend, Peter Brock died. Now there are SO many Brocks! Drives me mad!

Megan Says:

August 2nd, 2010 at 6:16 am

My sister wants Mykayla, Mason, & Adriana for her babies names someday. I am thinking I like the last name for first names idea such as Carter or Jaxon, as well as the older names like Harvey and Dorothy. It would take a little getting used to for some people, but my friend must be ahead of trends because her 1 y.o. in Mabel & everyone was astonished she’d chosen such an “old” name prior to her birth.

Toni Says:

August 10th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I’m a preschool swimming teacher in Australia and every time my fiancé and I choose a new baby name, it seems to be the next big thing. At first we loved Ella, but it quickly became very popular, then evie, but that rose up soon after. We have now settled on Alfie, and are hoping that it doesn’t become popular. Luckily our number one boy’s name is Kiel, named after the place in Germany where my fiance’s father is from… I’ve never met anyone with that name!

Sandra from Canada Says:

August 17th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

When we named our son Emmett almost 5 years ago I figured it was pretty unique since it was in the 600’s on the popularity list in Canada.Then…………Twilight!!! Grrrrrrr! For our second son I chose a name that is quite popular in Canada- Owen- because it is a name that I have loved for years and I figured “if I can’t beat ’em……”

april Says:

September 12th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

mine are Chesney and Banks

Shameake Says:

September 20th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

If I have a girl her name will be Prsicilla Elizabeth and if I have a boy he will be a junior or Levi Artist

Sherryincal Says:

September 20th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I have a Kyrra Dawnielle, Levi Jared, Ranie Leigh, and Kambrie Danae. My oldest is 25 and my youngest is 14 and I still think these are lovely, catchy names. Not weird just for the sake of weird, but, different in a very nice way.

Mikki Says:

September 20th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

When my daughter was born I wanted to name her Sam, but was tired of Samantha..so I very nearly named her Samara. It is pretty, but I was so glad I didnt go through with it when ‘The Ring’ movie came out!

Wren Says:

September 20th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I’ve never heard of anyone else named Wren (with the same spelling). Now it’s becoming “trendy”?

y Says:

September 20th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

i just had a baby in july 2010 & i wanted a name that wasnt common so i named my baby daughter JASNAE. i loved that name since i was young. but when i have a boy i like the name alejandro.

stephanie Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 12:14 am

When my first 2 daughters were born i had destiny hope picked out for the first one and bailey brooke for the second…but both times as soon as i looked at them i realized their names didnt look like them so i had back ups ready and they became courtney danielle and lindsay gabrielle i did stick with my 3rd daughters name ryley noelle cause it suited her..just look at your baby and the right name will come to you….

Michele Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 1:27 am

I met a woman recently whose name was Baria “like Maria, but with a B” Unique, I really liked it.

Cynthia Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 1:29 am

We named our daughter Eden Olivia and our son’s name is Grey Wolf (we call him simply Grey). Everyone finds Eden and Grey pretty unusual names!

Lissandra Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 2:37 am

My name is Lissandra and I love it too……..people call me “Liz/Liss” :)……………NOT YOUR TYPICAL NAME

Kristy Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 8:29 am

We named our daughter McKenna after a little girl came into my store with that name. It was only the 2nd time I heard it and I fell in love with it! The first time was from the movie “Somewhere in Time” and was Jane Seymour’s character’s last name. Now, I see and hear it everywhere! It is gaining popularity fast. And here I thought I was being original! 🙂

Mossy Oak Mom Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 5:44 pm

All three of my children have two middle names and even though two of them have names that became popular afterwards, neither of theirs is spelled like anyone elses! All of their names are my own spelling or from old world spellings. I am pleased the names we picked for our kids have truly remained ‘theirs’!

Jennifer Says:

September 21st, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I just had my thrid girl and I honestly did not like my own name for years. I thought it was too common. I did not see any of my children’s names on the list so here they are and feel free to name you children again these are all girls.
Jori (like tori with a J)
Troi
Kori

Lisa Says:

September 23rd, 2010 at 1:57 pm

We named or son Mac, and love it. It is unique, short, and sweet. I think it is a strong and handsome name that is great for a boy to grow into. I also liked the name Jack, but it seemed to be everywhere.
I love the name Mac, and it suits him wonderfully. He is going to be tall, dark and beautiful!! I had no interest in the name trends, as they all seem to be so similar, and so many kids these days share the same name.

Melissa Says:

September 24th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I LOVE Holland, Plum, Grace, Hudson, Everly, and Willow. I have an Emma Madison born in 2000 before its popularity. I have a Kyler Loyal born in 2005. Loyal being my husbands first name. I also have a Madilynn Skye. who was born in 2007. I am pregnant with my 5th currently. I had a fourth child that passed in utero and we named that baby Seven (meaning perfect) I can’t wait to name this baby. If we have a girl the first name will be Ruth Ann but still need a middle name and if we have a boy my “love” so far is Finneus. No middle yet… :O) such fun naming people LOL

Mary Says:

October 3rd, 2010 at 9:51 am

I’ve never followed name trends, as I think a few decades down the line it can sound very naff. I’ve chosen names that suit my children now, and will hopefully still suit them in adulthood. I have a James, a Daisy and a Dylan.

Holz Says:

October 6th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I used to think that if I had daughters I would name them all after the Golden Girls. I think too much Lifetime TV watching, coupled with cheap Chardonnay, was responsible for that folly. Little Dorothy Sophia, or Blanche Rose will have to wait.

Danielle Says:

October 11th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

My family is great at choosing different names my brother keoni (keo) cousins malakai (mala), Luka, Lailaa, Casey, tobey, guiseppe jack, danielle Renee (me). I like Talia Jade, Billie, Jaxon, Kailee, Joel, mika, ella & mykayla I cnt decide just thought I would share incase any one likes them

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jaimie Says:

November 6th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

hey i thought of carson lee and hailey hope. theres also bentley, gavin, and shiloh nouvel. if that helps anyone.

Paresh Shrimali Says:

November 11th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Nice name info……

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bribaybee Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

So before i graduated there was about 100 girls in my high school that were pregnant. The girls that were pregnant with girls named them Charlie Grace..and the girls that were pregnant with boys either named them ayden/aidan/adian or jayden/jaydin or hayden/heydan. i think its dumb because the new generation of children will be at school and the teacher with call roll and they will all say here

Lorena Says:

December 2nd, 2010 at 12:23 am

My daughter was born in Hawaii. I loved Kimberly kainana, My husband not so much. We named her Jennifer instead.

Stacie Says:

December 5th, 2010 at 3:50 am

I love the term ‘2 syllable faux surnames’…what a great way to describe this lazy, disgusting trend. If i hear another Caden (how did 2 spellings of this ever make it to the top 100!?), Kasen, or Grayson….Come on. Not to mention Peyton, Colton, Jaden, Braden, Hayden, and Aiden. These are humans people. Don’t worry about making an unpopular choice with your mother, think about this child learning to be recognized as an individual among 10 other Noahs, Liams and Carsons.

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alli Says:

December 9th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Well, I think the names you all have picked still sound pretty unique, trendy or not. I named my 10 year old Isabel after my grandmother, and I still love it, but there are so many now – thankfully most of them are Isabelle or Isabella, so we have a little bit of originality still. And, then to top it off, I named my now 8 year old Sophie, thinking it was original – imagine that!! again, though, at least most of the others are Sophia. I am pregnant with my third (surprise, surprise!) so trying to find an actually original name – my mom’s name is Alice – oh well!

Debbie H Says:

January 3rd, 2011 at 5:36 am

Upset about your slanderous comment about the name Jackson! My gorgeous 1 y/o is named Jackson and to me it is a lot better than some of the other crappy and ridiculous names u are condoning. Good luck to the poor kids who will be getting bullied in the playgrounnd named Plum!!! Also u seem to like Jaxon. Is that not the same name spelled in a different way???

pam Says:

January 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 am

We’re sorry, we certainly didn’t mean to slander the name Jackson, which is lovely! The point was about worthy namesakes and reality TV stars.

linda Says:

January 3rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Also, Debbie, if you search the name Jackson on nameberry, you will find nothing but nice things said about it.

Savannah Says:

January 18th, 2011 at 12:37 am

None of the names I line are on here. Personaly I like connor and Ryan. I think that they are good. I was born with an unusual name because my mom wanted it to be “special”. I HATE my name. My advice is don’t try to name them something special without thinking if they’re gonna hate you for it when they’re older. I really don’t like how all these weird classic names are popular. Let’s stick with the popular ones. Although I kinda like the name Fabian. And my dogs name Is Rex my cats name is Winston. So think before you name

Vicki (not Tori) Says:

February 7th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

How about “Seven”? That was George Costanza’s pick for a name on Seinfeld.

I had always liked the names Zachary and Emma since the late 80’s. My sister beat me to having kids and took Zachary in ’95, which got very popular years later. Then when I was pregnant in 1999 with my son we wanted Eli but suddenly a friend’s baby was born a couple of months before we had him and they named him Eli! There were no Eli’s anywhere! My husband said he never mentioned our choice of name but I find that hard to believe. What are the chances? Anyway, so we picked Ethan which was not popular (I made sure) but a few years later it became one of the top baby names. Then, while I was pregnant with my daughter, Rachel had Emma on Friends. I was so mad! I had been waiting to use it for a decade and a half. Then it got so popular. I should play the lottery!

Shawna Says:

February 8th, 2011 at 5:32 am

I named My son Aedyn James. I LOVE the name aiden but love my spelling of it waaayy better (: If i have a girl she will be either Serenity Hope or Audrey Rose.

Lindsey Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Trust me, it’s no fun to have a name that’s “so in it’s out.” As happened to me in about 1987 or so. (Can you tell I haven’t gotten over it yet? LOL — Just kidding.) That was about the year Glamour magazine put my name in the “So In It’s Out” column in an article on popular names. I loved having a truly unique (for a girl) name, Lindsey, for the first 25 years of my life, but then, along came the actress, Lindsay Waggoner, and from that time on, every time I’d go to the grocery store, I’d hear some mother calling out my name. . . Then came Lindsay Lohan. Sigh.

deborah Says:

March 8th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

i am basically the only deborah under the age of 45 which is why i will never have normal named children. i lovee for girls the names Janzelle Love, and Arabella Skylar, i feel like they sound like princess’, and for boys i love Cole Wren, Blake Romeo, and Broghan Tyler 🙂

pauline Says:

March 24th, 2011 at 12:24 am

I like traditional Gaelic names – our kids are Erin, Conor and Ailie. Although Ailie is a traditional Scottish form of Helen and she loves her name she does get frustrated that people mishear it and call her “Hayley” or “Allie” and she can never buy anything like a cup or badge with her name on it.

Kris Says:

April 5th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

My sons name is Ryker (4)….its not after the prison. I love his name! I had no clue that there was even a prison until well after I named him. So your rude opinion isnt appreciate!!!

Bethan Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

If you want an uncommon name that is hardly ever popular, go for Bethan (Welsh, means ‘God is my Oath’ and is derived from Elizabeth Ann). Also, Faith (one of my middle names) is uncommon but known. :]

Allison Says:

May 1st, 2011 at 9:22 pm

My husband and I named our son Keegan in 2007. We heard it years before then and loved it.We wanted a named that was uncommon. We are waiting to find out the sex of our next baby and really like the name Cora for a little girl.

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