Category: awesome baby names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Not so long ago, the only names starting with the letters Au that were getting any traction were Audrey and Austin. But lately—have you noticed?—a lot more are now attracting attention. The once male name Aubrey is now in the girls’ Top 20, and then there are the members of the golden Aurelia family, several varieties of August, the word name Aura, the seasonal Autumn, and more.
The big news in baby names this week has been the Most Popular Names 2012: Top 1, Top 10, Top 100, Top 1000.
But swimming just below the surface — not quite on the radar but not truly off, either — are dozens of more unusual baby names poised to find wider favor….or dropping from view.
Of course, that may bring relief rather than disappointment to many parents. If you want to name your baby Magnolia or Clementine, Bishop or Langston — or already have — you may tremble on surveying the new Top 1000, hoping your favorites stay off the list.
We looked below the Top 1000 for girls and boys and found those names within 50 points of the cutoff that we felt were heading back into style, along with those sailing off into the sunset.
In raw numbers, 251 girls received the Number 1000 name Katalina while 197 boys were named Number 1000 boys’ name Dangelo. The numbers after each name below represent the number of children given that name in 2012.
Here, the names just under the Top 1000 coming into style and heading out:
“Uh….Daisy?” he says.
Which made us think, as many things do, of Nameberry and our Question of the Week.
What do you wish your name was?
It may not be your favorite name, the one you’d choose for a child. But for whatever reason — and I hope you’ll tell us what that reason is — the name conveys how you’d like to be seen, who you wish others thought you were.
A few days ago, my daughter Clio announced that girls’ names are pretty, but boys’ names are awesome.
She also informed me that her awesome name was Kick, and please refer to her as such from now on.
I think my four year old just voiced the desire of many an expectant parent. Clio – I mean Kick – called it awesome. I’ve called the same names cowboy cool or surfer style or a dozen other descriptors.
No matter the name, boys’ names have become bolder and more multi-cultural than they were in generations past.
Recent baby name news has been packed with boys’ names begging to be accessorized with a lacrosse stick, a snowboard, or a bucking bronco and a ten-gallon hat. Or maybe just a passport and a pint-sized suitcase.
They’re fresh and inventive, and yet they’re definitely masculine at the same time. Some of the best picks made it into recent baby name news, like:
I used to hate the name Raymond.
Hate, as in hate hate hate. Maybe it was that creepy kid Raymond from 8th grade. Maybe it was….oh, who knows.
The point is, if I’d made a list of all 50,000 names on Nameberry in order of how much I liked them, Raymond, would have been down there at number 49,999.
And then, something happened, something equally mysterious. I began to like Raymond. Then even to love it.