Category: best new baby names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Every year, a small number of new names manages to move onto the Top 1000 list for the first time ever. Sometimes this marks the beginning of a climb up the ladder, other times it’s a name that will linger in the nether regions, and sometimes it might prove to be a one-shot wonder—perhaps an eccentric spelling picked up by just enough parents to make the grade.
In 2011, for instance, we saw the debuts of such nouveau names as Elliot for girls, Aviana, Blakely, Juniper, Liv, and Temperance; Bowen, Brecken, Flynn, the musical Crosby and Hendrix, the presidential Nixon and the Ivy League Princeton.
But how about the recently released list? Of the forty-five possibilities, here are the Nameberry Picks for the twelve most promising newbies of 2012.
Azalea—Though there were fewer than three hundred baby girls given this name in 2012, it has now definitely crossed over from the wilder fringes into the main flower garden. Azalea embodies a delightful combination of the fragrant floral with a shot of z-infused energy.