Category: Celebrity Names

by Pamela Redmond, with research by Joe Satran

If you want to give your baby a name that transcends this decade, make sure it doesn’t start with Ad-, end with –ley, contain the letter x, or honor a star who suffered a tragic death.

That’s what we found when we analyzed the Social Security baby names data of 2016 versus 2006 and identified which names have exploded in use over the past ten years and how those combine to create the major baby name trends of the decade.

Juniper and Jayceon, according to our research, may well prove as emblematic of these times as Jennifer and Jason were of the 1970s. The 40 names that have increased the most in usage over the past ten years – which also include Adalynn and Brantley, Monroe and Hendrix – may sound fresh and stylish now, but are likely to become the Brittany and Brian of the future.

Here, our statistical analysis of the dominant baby name trends of the decade and the hot baby names that influenced them.

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Baby Names News of the Week

By Clare Bristow

I’m delighted to be reporting on name-related stories in the news each week – and what a day to start!

Many name-lovers only have one thing on their minds right now: the USA’s official 2016 baby name statistics are due to be released tomorrow.

Whether you’re looking for name inspiration, want to check how your favorite names are doing, or just want to get into the nitty-gritty of the data, there will be lots to discover. For example, you might be wondering:

Will Emma and Noah hold the top spots again?

–What will the highest-climbing new names be? If you want to guess, there’s still time to enter this contest. The deadline is Thursday, May 11 at midnight.

–Did these hot names rise as predicted?

–Did any of 2016’s celebrity babies influence parents?

While we wait for tomorrow, here are some other name stories in the news right now.

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Carrie Fisher Character Names

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By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

After the tragic double loss of daughter and mother Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds within a day of each other, Emily Cardoza pays tribute by looking at the names of some of their most iconic characters. First, Carrie Frances Fisher.

Carrie

Alright, so it’s not a character name. Carrie was born to actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in 1956, at which time the name ranked #208. Carrie left the Top 1000 in 2007, but could make a comeback, especially in the next year. 

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By Sophie Kihm

For a lot of people, 2016 was a terrible year, so let’s look ahead to 2017. Many stars and starlets announced their pregnancies at the end of this year—which means a bonanza of starbabies to be born in 2017! High profile celebs like Jesse Eisenberg, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Payne and Bradley Cooper are all going to become parents for the first time in 2017. There are also quite a few future big sisters out there. Pink is giving her daughter Willow a younger sibling, Jane Kimmel will soon have a little brother or sister, and Gal Gadot’s daughter Alma won’t be an only child for long. I’m sure there will be some more exciting pregnancies announced before the end of the year, but I can already tell—we can expect some great birth announcements from 2017.

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Nameberry’s Names of the Year 2016

By Linda Rosenkrantz and Abby Sandel

The Defining Event of 2016 may have been the presidential election, but the political names that hit the headlines –DonaldHillary? Bernard?– are unlikely to find themselves on many new baby birth certificates. And so for Nameberry’s Names of the Year we’ve looked beyond politics to other bold-faced names that reflect current trends and are prime to inspire baby names of the future.

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