The Hottest Baby Names of 2011

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What are the hottest new baby names this year? Based on an analysis of over 23 million page views at Nameberry since January, we’ve pegged these choices as the Hottest Names of 2011.

It’s a surprising list, driven by unexpected celebrities, rediscovered classics, and the year’s most compelling events.

Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names of 2011:

Pippa – It wasn’t only Pippa Middleton’s bottom that attracted widespread attention at the Royal Wedding; her name – both the familiar Pippa and the more formal Philippa – is the Number 1 hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry. Pippa ranks 35 on our most-searched list so far this year and did not appear at all among the 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010. While Kate is up too, it’s not nearly as hot.

Asher – The soft, Biblical Asher takes the Hottest Boys’ Name spot by virtue of having unseated Henry as the all-time Number 1 name for boys on Nameberry. For the first time in 2011, Asher has pulled ahead.

Elula – New celebrity baby name trend: Parents choose attention-getting name, then refuse to reveal the name they’ve picked, perhaps to heighten interest and publicity? This unusual choice of Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen for their second daughter was not even in our database last year – it’s a name drawn from the Hebrew calendar — and now is the Number 38 most-searched name on Nameberry.

Everett – In a groundbreaking baby name move that feminists can applaud, boys’ names are for the first time being pushed into the limelight by the popularity of their female counterparts. Everett, up 50 places on our most-searched list, was inspired by such stylish girls’ choices as Eva and Evelyn.

Hadley – The success of the bestselling novel The Paris Wife has catapulted the intriguing name of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, 50 spots up our list.

Arlo – Why does a star’s name sometimes languish for years, inspiring few little namesakes, and then suddenly, for no discernible reason having to do with the original star, take off? It happened most notably in the past decade with Ava, and now it’s happening with Arlo. Other o-ending names for boys heating up: Nico, Hugo, Otto. (Yes, Otto.)

Mila – It’s the name of a gorgeous young star, Mila Kunis, PLUS it resembles a handful of trendy names — Mia, Maya, Lila — that are due for a break. The result: A breakout baby name.

FlynnFinn is already hot, but cousin Flynn, baby name choice of Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, is taking off. This one also nods to the Golden Age of Hollywood and Errol Flynn.

Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide – If it’s a vintage girls’ name that starts with Ad-, it can’t miss this year, it seems. All these choices are leapfrogging up the list, taking over where too-trendy cousins Ava and Addison left off.

Archer – Literary baby names are hot right now, especially when they’re not too literary: Think Holden, Atticus, and yes (more on this in a moment) Harper. Archer, as in Henry JamesPortrait of a Lady and Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence, is perfect: It’s unusual, classic yet contemporary-feeling, and there’s little danger of anyone actually having read the books.

Luna – The Beckhams picked the yawn-inducing Harper for their daughter, but we can’t call that one of the hottest names of 2011 because it was already one of the hottest names of 2010, when nearly 3000 non-celebrity baby girls were called Harper. And Seven is just too….weird. The real hottie launched by the Beckham name quest was otherworldly Luna, the name rumored to be their pick for most of Posh’s pregnancy.

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Margaret Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 12:32 am

It’s worth pointing out that Flynn may have also gained a boost from the character Flynn Ryder in the movie Tangled, which came out in December.

Tori Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 4:26 am

Interesting read! I’m loving…
For boys:
Hadley – it’s ultra stylish despite being the name of a villian sort of political man in my favourite book Nought’s and Crosses.
Hugo – I know it’s Arlo which is becoming popular 🙂 but you mentioned the ‘o’ ending and I have a secret crush on Hugo it’s just sooooo upper crust British and really quirky.
Flynn – aw this is adorable! I like Finn -short of Finley of course ;)- but Flynn feels more like a name in it’s own right and a handsome name of that.
For girls:
Pippa – the association of the gorgeous Pippa Middleton helps but also it’s very humble and cute. Also Pippa looks adorable and has this great edge to the classic as well.
The ‘Ad’ – I love Adele which is just so soulful, Adeline which oozes grace, Adelaide which sounds really glamorous and Ada which just sounds so humble and dignified.
Thanks for the cool post 😉

amanda Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 6:21 am

Some great names…. Adele is on our list for B2 due in November, however this confirms my concern it is going to get too popular – i blame singer “Adele” :o) still, a lovely name I’m struggling to move on from

Tara Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 7:23 am

I was a little disappointed with this list. None of the names are really all that exciting, or perhaps unexpected is the right word.
Pippa although cute seems overdone already. I’m already tired of the Ad name trend too. Luna, Elula and Archer are quite nice.

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 7:31 am

I’m sorry you’re disappointed, Tara, but remember that this is a QUANTITATIVE look at the names whose number of searches have increased the most this year. On that basis, we think it’s a pretty remarkable list, given that most of these names were used rarely only a handful of years ago. By definition, “hottest” means names that you’re suddenly hearing a lot of and that are “in the air” and so they probably won’t feel totally unexpected unless you’ve been living under a rock.

Tara Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 7:53 am

Pam- True, as I have not been under a rock, & I am active on nameberry this list is a tad unsurprising. So I see it in the context as you described. Even if I don’t care for many of the names, it is always interesting to see what is in the air.

Lola Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:15 am

Yeah, but Flynn Rider really was Eugene, which I think is *WAY* cooler than Flynn. C’mon, Gene? Awesome!

Pippa’s darling and now off our lists, too much hype surrounding it. But Luna’s just lovely and Archer is fabulous.

names4real Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:16 am

Great post.

@Amanda I think you are safe with Adele. I go through birth announcements for my blog and I rarely see any baby Adeles. Love the name BTW.

Just remember this is a list of people searching names, but these are not necessarily the names they use for the baby. For instance, I have not seen one baby Elula. 🙂

I love of lot of these, but the only ones I see constantly in my search of real life babies is Hadley, Mila, Adeline, and Asher.

Good luck.

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:17 am

You know, Tara, there’s cool, and then there’s nameberry cool.

Archer IS fabulous, Lola, but….the next Asher?

naviz Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

I, my mom, & my sister are all so sad that Pippa is getting so much attention in the media. My mom has been saying for years that she would love a little Pippa grandbaby. I had a boy so it wasn’t used but my sister is pregnant now & she was thinking about it. But now we all feel that the name is too associated with Pippa Middleton & that we are going to see it everywhere now. Who would believe that we loved the name first? I think it’s going to be the next Harper, which is very depressing!

Brittany Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:36 am

Archer is also the main character of the very popular cartoon of the same name on FX. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of dads were suggesting it.

brannon Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:36 am

Gave birth 3 weeks ago and most of these names popped up on the blogs I was on … tons of little Pippas, Asher’s, Hadley’s, Mila’s (tons!), Adeline’s, Flynn’s and Lunas (though I saw this a lot as a middle name for more mainstream names … Olivia Luna, Catherine Luna, etc.) Guessing the fascination with Elula is people trying to figure out how to pronounce it or where it came from 🙂 Though I do know two recent babies with the LuLu moniker. Great read.

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:39 am

Brittany, that’s hilarious — I should have guessed that it wasn’t Edith Wharton and Henry James who were propelling Archer to widespread popularity! And Brannon, what are you doing reading any blogs but nameberry?? Tsk tsk

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:55 am

Could not agree more. Great post.

Jennie Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 10:11 am

If you want a true reading of popular names go to the social security website. you can get a list of the most popular names for each year going back to the 50’s. Since everyone has to register with social security while at the hospital they have the most comprehensive list. Personally for my little ones I stayed away from “naming trends” and went with traditional family ethnic names.

shawna Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 10:39 am

I really don’t care for any of these names. I like names that are different (not so common) but none of these would be my kids’ names. When my kids were born, however, we had to “meet” them before we settled on a name. We had a handful picked out when we were expecting, then narrowed it down after they were born and we got to bond with them for a few hours. My first born was a day old before he had a name!

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 10:44 am

Jennie, we include the Social Security Top 1000 on nameberry — — and also every name page features a chart showing its SSA standing going all the way back to 1880, the year Social Security began keeping records. But the most recent Social Security list is for 2010 and this story highlights names parents are interested in right now and predictions going forward, not what people chose last year. If you want to avoid trendy or popular names, I believe nameberry is a more accurate, complete, and timely resource than trying to analyze the SSA list yourself.

klcalder2 Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 10:47 am

I like Archer, but I love Asher. There’s always going to be a part of me that’s sad we didn’t use it for my son Jude. However, that still gives me a chance to use Dashiell in the future!

Elula, Hadley, Arlo, Flynn, Mila, Adelaide, Pippa: all fine names, but nothing I would use. Flynn and Adelaide were taken off my list for one reason or another.

Then there’s Luna. I adore this name and am, quite frankly, thrilled that the Beckhams didn’t use it! Perhaps it won’t become so trendy like Pippa is destined to be.

corsue Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am

I’m digging Adele and Arlo. My childhood best friend’s mother is an Adele and I always kinda liked it. Arlo is great. I LOVE the TV show Justified, so if I use it I’ll have to get past his character (Arlo is the criminal father of deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens). It’s only been on for 2 seasons, so maybe that’s where people are being reintroduced to the name.

I agree that people are looking at Elula to see how it’s pronounced. That’s why I clicked on it. Not a name I would ever actually consider.

corsue Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:25 am

By the way, you might need to add Raylan to your boy’s data base. I know there are versions of the name for girls, but it might start popping up for boys. Raylan Given’s is a strangely likable character.

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Chloe Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:36 am

I love Archer! Especially with the nickname Archie (another hot baby name). I used to love Asher until everyone discovered it =) As for Pippa, I don’t think Pippa Middleton is anyone important enough to name a child after… She hasn’t done anything worthwhile. But, that’s just my opinion and many would disagree. But anyways, Adele is great too and is super hot thanks to the very talented British singer.

Chloe Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:41 am

Oh, and I have a feeling that next year’s list is going to include Eloise and Louisa. I’d rather the two name not become so popular, but I have a feeling…

Claire Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:48 am

@Chloe I agree about Pippa, but unfortunately, in this day and age when people are choosing Maci and Bentley after an MTV teen mom reality show, “doing something worthwhile” doesn’t really seem to be a requirement for naming a child after someone.

Besides, it’s not really that they’re naming the child “after” her, rather that the royal wedding was probably the first time a lot of people had ever heard the name and they were inspired to use it for their own child because it seemed cute and “unique,” probably not realizing that at that moment, a million other people were thinking the exact same thing.

I like the name Pippa, actually. But for all these reasons, I would never, ever use it.

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:50 am

Great notes, Corsue. When you have a chance, can you add those to the pop culture references for Arlo and Raylan? I know one of the actors on that show and it’s great! And Chloe, you’re definitely right about Eloise and Louise which gathered lots of views on nameberry but they did last year too — I think they’re very nameberry names.

Chloe Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

@Claire- Agreed! I like Philippa nn Pippa, but I wouldn’t use it now because everyone would immediately say “Oh, like after Kate’s sister?” Ugh! The other day I was introduced to someone and he said “Chloe, like the Kardashian?” Ummm….NO! “No” for so many reasons. Pop culture is ruining names lol In my mind, name your child after someone great like [Anna] Eleanor Roosevelt.

Oh well.

kelsey Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I loved Pippa ever sense I read it in a book a few years before Pippa Middleton became famous. Phillips is a family name that will very shortly die out, so I could honor that with Phillipa! I won’t be having children for at least another decade, and I think by then the Pippa craze will have died down. I also love Luna and Adele.

anniebee Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

It strikes me that these may be the most-searched because they are the most unheard of and people want to know more about them. I generally don’t hear these names (except Luna, Ad- and Everett) suggested on the board as much.

I see Susannah and Rosemary more than Hadley or Elula.

Thanks for sharing! I love these kinds of posts.

Rachel Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Archer is also the name of the title character from FX’s animated show “Archer.” The show is gaining in popularity and I would hesitate to name my kid Archer because of the association in my head.

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Anniebee, since these names are spiking now, you’re not going to see them on real live kids for a year or two. The social security count looks back on what kids were really named a year or two ago; we’re gauging interest in names and using that to predict future baby name trends.

Casey Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Pam- do you think that Arlo will become truly popular (like top 100? 500?) We named our son Arlo in May 2010 and it seemed pretty unheard of among our contemporaries (both among people we know and searching online).

I know a fairly well-read blogger recently named her son Arlo. I guess I just feel a little bummed that it may become mainstream. Though in the end I will just comfort myself with knowing that it suits my jolly little guy to a tee.

pam Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Casey, I have to say, Arlo may be the most surprising name on this list to me. It’s obviously in the air but NO, I don’t think it’s going to the Top 100. Top 500? Possible, but it hasn’t been in the Top 1000 since the early 1940s and has never been in the Top 500 before. Only 181 boys received the name last year (and 5 girls). So it’s got a long way to go. I think its similarity to Harlow and Marlow, both starbaby names, helped propel it into the limelight but to me it’s a name with style that will never become ultrapopular — just too quirky.

private Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

None of these are a suprise except for Elula. They are mentioned all of the time on nameberry, thus the reason for people looking them up to be educated on the meaning and pronounciation. The real test of what names people really love, is what people actually end up naming their babies, the ssl represents that. And the list is updated every year, they always release the list 5 months after the full year ends.

Tee Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Lola, I totally agree, Eugene is way cooler Flynn! I may be bias though considering that’s my babies name!! I had no idea it was in tangled though until after he was born and someone told me, I don’t think I have much to worry about though as most people don’t like it, I however love it!

corsue Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I added info about Arlo on the pop culture reference, but Raylan isn’t found when I search for it.

jenevievem Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Pam and Linda:

Would you be able to list the top 100 nameberry names searched for 2011 so far? Those past blogs are so fun to view (:

Liz Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I tend to think that Luna might also be due to Harry Potter popularity. Even in my age range (25-30) it was wildly popular, and Luna was a favorite character of everyone I know.

I had no idea that was the name of the Beckham’s baby

Marie Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Actress Toni Collette recently named her son Arlo Robert. 🙂

Michelle Says:

July 26th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

We named our little girl Adelina ( Addie) Beatrice she was born in 2010. Now we in the search for another name, not sure on gender yet, but Flynn is in the running. For a girl we are leaning toward Amelia (Amie) or Marina (Marnie).

pam Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 7:21 am

Good idea, Jenevieve. We’ll try to run our latest most popular list next week!

pam Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 8:21 am

Corsue, I just added Raylan to the database.

Kandy Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 10:42 am

Arlo is my sons name. Though it has nothing to do with the star. It has to do with my dad who was named before the star came to light. My dad is Arlo so my son is Arlo.

ojakodar Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 10:55 am

How ’bout Addylaiydyn? So that it could have that cool “-aden” thing at the end that’s so original?

aben Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Arlo reminds me of Arlo Guthrie who wrote and sang “Alice’s Restaurant” back in the 70’s. That’s my dad’s favorite album and if not for it’s increasing popularity, I might have considered naming a son that…

Macy Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Dont really care for the boys names, Flynn is nice I suppose. I’d rather see Ashley back for boys than Asher, but what can you do.

For the girls, I really like Luna, Mila and Adele. Not a fan of Hadley though, seems kinda masculine.

Lisa Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I think this is shoddy data. Some of those names (Arlo, Flynn, Pippa) weren’t in the top 1000 in 2010 whereas others (Mila, Luna) haven’t broken into the top 300. I’m sorry, but just because a name is “fresh” in the media does not make it a trend. Page views = curiosity, not ink on a birth certificate. This article would have been better labeled “Namberry thinks these names are awesome, and so do these random celebrities!”

JenevieveM Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Thanks so much. Looking forward to viewing (:

pam Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Page views do equal curiosity, Lisa, and curiosity as evidenced by thousands of page views on a baby name website translate into future baby name trends and name choices. We have been tracking baby names and making name style predictions for 20 years now and the page views on nameberry have given us a quantitative way to measure which names are catching parents’ interest — and high levels of interest over time, in our experience, is translated into action.

Sara Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

@Michelle both are lovely names, but in England Amelia is usually shortened to the adorable Milly, in case you wanted an alternative 🙂

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TS Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

This has got to the WORST site on the Internet.

Flynn is an okay name for Orlando Bloom’s kid because he’s never going to have to work a day in his life. Your son is probably going to stack boxes at a warehouse with a name like that. Know any CEO’s of a company named Jayden? Didn’t think so

These aren’t real names people. Somebody running this site is sitting back laughing their faces off, seeing how many peopel they can convince to name their child ARLO.

corsue Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I am glad there are a variety of websites on baby names. I don’t like many of the names that are discussed here. I’m surprised that so many husbands okay these “weird” names. HOWEVER, I truly like reading about people’s ideas and this is a good way to get a little variety into our world, and I know that I can always go to a different website if this one is a little too out there for me (that will never happen, I love nameberry). Thanks for the site Pam.

Claire Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I admit — I have a hard time imagining the CEO of a company named Arlo. Then again, somebody has to be first.

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Tori Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

My son, born Sept 2010, is named Arlo. I adore it and people think it’s unusual. I was bummed when Toni Collette named her son Arlo, and a popular blogger named her son Arlo. I don’t want to see it become really popular – a big appeal in picking it was that it wasn’t. I sure hope that Pam is right and it stays a bit too quirky to become mainstream.

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harmony Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Very surprised to see Everett on the list. My 8 year old son is named Everett and we only have heard of one other. Not quite sure it’s a trend. I hope not.

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Bethany Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

This is incredibly weird…I have a daughter named Hadley who was born in 2009 and the boy name we had picked for her if she was a boy was actually Asher…that’s WEIRD!

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Mindy Says:

July 29th, 2011 at 10:14 am

I don’t know about anyone else but I personally use “hot” baby name lists to steer me away from names that are too popular. My son is 3.5, his first and middle names are Payne and Everett, respectively. I’m a little disappointed to see Everett on this list but it wasn’t popular when he was born. Payne was/is a family name for me. My mom was pulling for Hadley if he was a girl but I was afraid it would become one of “those” names…I don’t understand how people think the Aiden/Jayden/Brayden/Caden/Zaiden/Hayden names are so different and then turn their noses up at names that are truly unique. It seems like most baby boys and girls names now are all a variation of the same name.

Also, and this is just my opinion too of course, but I think the trend of naming your child a surname like Harper or Asher really only works if that name is actually in your family.

Godofredo Says:

July 29th, 2011 at 10:57 am

At the time this article was published, where did Flynn rank as a boy name, in terms of views on

Some of the other names have their ranks exposed, and I would be curious where Flynn ranked in terms of pageview popularity. Thanks.

pam Says:

July 29th, 2011 at 11:06 am

Godofredo, we’re planning to publish the actual lists in the next week or two, but Flynn ranked 54 among the Top 100 Boys’ Names (that’s for the first six months of 2011). Keep in mind, as we’ve reiterated above, that these are page views, not actual babies named, and undoubtedly a lot of parents are merely curious about Flynn after Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr used that name for their baby. But our belief is that this kind of spike in curiosity will over the next few years lead to a spike in use of the name. More evidence of this: It’s not all or even most celebrity baby names that attract this kind of attention. Moroccan and Monroe (Mariah Carey’s babies) didn’t!

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K Says:

July 30th, 2011 at 12:23 am

I picked out Archer as my favorite name years ago. And now that he’s here, suddenly it’s becoming popular…I feel slightly proprietary about it, I guess!

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July 30th, 2011 at 2:08 am

Why can’t people just name their babies what they want to, instead of what the most popular name or what the trend is. I,m so tired of meeting little ones all the same age and 50% all have the same name. The one name I got so sick of hearing is Sarah and people are still using it, give it up. Now we’re going to have a generation of Pippa’s and Archer’s. These babies are their own person not to be named after some famous who happens to be in the spotlight at the time they are born. Come on, it’s your baby, think of a name for your baby, not someone else’s name.

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Lauran Says:

July 30th, 2011 at 11:53 am

I like Asher, but don’t really care for the rest of the list. But I agree celebrities do have a tendency to start baby name trends! I have a two year old son named Cruz. I didn’t name him that specifically because of the Beckhams, but I doubt I would have thought of the name had they not used it first. Now that I’m expecting my second, I like to keep an eye on things like this. Thanks for the site, and the books! Keep it up!

Goodwins Says:

July 30th, 2011 at 11:54 am

I just don’t get the mindset of naming a child the same name as many, many others have. I mean, people generally use the same few thousand names. If something is popular or heavily searched, that’s the last name we would want.

Our two adopted Chinese daughters are:
Jolie Blu [sic], who goes by Blu
Lexi Cashmere, who goes by Cashmere or Caj (pronounced as 1st syllable in Cashmere)

We’re heading to Shanghai around October to get our 3rd daughter and are deciding on a name.

Lindsey Says:

July 30th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Personally I would be kind of disappointed if my kid grew up to be a CEO.

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Jo Says:

July 31st, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I have been so dissapointed in our “picks” ending up trendy!!! I was thinking for sure Everett would never be heard (except to those over 75 yrs old), and now it’s on the list…sigh… we do love old names brought back, but that seems to be a trend too. What to name baby #4? Two out of three of ours just arrived on the top 100 list. So dissapointing! 🙂 Harper is getting old, but Archer, that’s great!

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amimi Says:

August 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I named my DS2 Asher Everett three years ago…how ‘hot’ am I??!

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MamaD Says:

August 9th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Our second daughter due in October will be named Philippa Maeve nn Pippa. Not after Pippa Midddleton, nor is it for someone in the family but because we truly love the name. 4 years ago when we were trying to come up with a name for our first daughter, Pippa and Maeve were both on the list but we ultimately went with Caitlin Mary to honor our grandmothers (Catherine and Mary). The initials in Pippa Maeve will honor our mother’s first initals P,M which helped us make the decision. It’s a little deflating to see all the hype surrounding Pippa Middleton and we were hoping that would all die down soon, but now that nameberry has predicted the name to be a “hot name” it is a little annoying. I certainly don’t want to hear, “Oh Pippa like Pippa Middleton?” but it’s a small sacrifice to have a name that we truly love. I don’t think it’s a negative association, and for my husband seeing an actual “Pippa” helped solidify the decision for him. We live in a conservative neighborhood and I doubt we’ll see a bunch of Pippas anytime soon. I hope! Ultimately, it’s the name we want and people are going to think and say whatever they want despite any name we choose. Soooo, trendy, celebrity-inspired or not, Philippa Maeve it is! 🙂

pickles Says:

August 15th, 2011 at 8:00 am

I am so saddened to see my daughter’s name on this list! I chose Hadley as a name 24 years ago when I read “A Moveable Feast” about Hemingway and his wife Hadley living in Paris.
It was perfect: it meant something to me, had stayed with me, was not heard everywhere. And now this! Go back to your Madisons and Avas people, leave my name alone!!

kwee Says:

August 29th, 2011 at 3:27 am

Great post. I really like Luna, Mila and Adele.

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October 2nd, 2011 at 12:27 am

its not here but i really love the names mason, reece,reid and brooklyn

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emilymaryjane Says:

December 23rd, 2011 at 7:21 pm

My cousins name is Adella and I love it

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