BABY NAMES 2011

Posted by: , January 2, 2011 in 10:21 pm


Baby Names 2011 BABY NAMES 2011Baby names in 2011 signal a new lighter feel in the air and more optimistic outlook for our offspring. With the economy improving and no Presidential election looming, we predict a respite from the heavier names of the past few years.  Here is our outlook for the Top 14 trends for baby names in 2011!

BIGGEST BIG PICTURE TREND: Two-for-one names

For baby names 2011, we predict the merging of two major recent trends: very proper proper names – think Louise and Arthur, Beatrix and Abraham – with lighter-than-air, even silly nicknames: Lulu, Bee, Bunny, and Bram.

From the parents’ perspective, they get two very different names for the price of one, which can be an advantage to children as they grow up too: You can be Lulu at the club, Louise on the Harvard app.

We see parents reaching further to come up with two names that are linked in highly creative and not-always-obvious ways. A few examples of nicknames and their formal name origins: Cub from Caleb, Ace from Alistair, Fanny from Stephanie, and Plum from Victoria (which is a type of English plum).

NEWEST NICKNAME TREND

Related to the Two-for-One trend is a taste for choosing a nickname first, then finding a formal name for the birth certificate. We see parents starting with Josie or Zee– the name the child will be known as among friends and family – and searching from there for the formal name, be it Josephine, Zachary, or Zebedee.

MOST ALARMING NAME GENRE SWITCH

Is it because more and more people view their pets as child equivalents?  We’re seeing more dog names for babies (Buster, Buddy) and baby names (Chloe, Zoe) for dogs. Though Marley, which jumped as a baby name inspired by eponymous dog in *Marley & Me*, seems to be trailing off.

LIGHTEST NEW BEGINNING

Ha, *as in ha ha ha,* *for both girls and boys: Hayden, Harry, Hazel, Harrison, Harper, Hadley, Hank, Haven, Hal, Hart, Harriet, Hattie, Hale, Harley, Hartley, Harlow. No Harlots reported as yet.

HEAVIEST NEW ENDING

The Latin *us *for boys*, *replacing *en and er. *Atticus (with its modern literary cred as well) is a current fave; other cutting-edge countrymen: Aurelius, Augustus, Cassius, Maximus, Amadeus. Not to mention other stylish s-ending boys’ names such as Rufus, Amos, Miles.

TIMELIEST TREND

A new spin on ancient African day names, with everything from month names like January and May to holiday and seasonal names such as Winter and Easter to day and even time-of-day names such as Sunday and Midnight getting on the
calendar.

MOST UNLIKELY COMEBACK NAME

Stanley, a new entry to the British Top 100. Other geezer names up for reconsideration: Ernest, Harvey, Arthur, Walter, Warren.

NEWEST GENDER-BENDING TREND

Names that are truly androgynous, used even-handedly for both sexes: Paxton, Peyton, Sawyer, Sasha. What’s most notable is that parents are no longer backing off from using a name for boys once it becomes popular for girls.

FRESHEST FLOWER NAME

Azalea.

As Lily, Rose and Daisy start to lose their bloom, more exotic blossom
names—Dahlia, Poppy, Lotus, Lilac, Acacia, Marigold, Camellia—will take
their place.

CONSONANT OF THE FUTURE

R, not as in old-school Robert, Richard, and Rhoda, but as in such rich and robust newcomers as Rufus (there it is again), Rupert, Ray, Rosamund, Raphael, Roman, Romy, Romilly, Remy, Rory, Reed, Rhys, Rowan, Ronan, Reeve, Ripley, Roscoe, Reuben, and Ruby.

IT VOWEL

We’ve been O lovers for decades now, but the vowel has really come into its
own with the ascendance of twin names Oliver and Olivia to the top of the
British popularity list. O is supremely stylish as both a name beginning
and ending, including such choices as Oscar, Owen, Orson, Otto, Orlando, and
Milo for boys; Olive, Olympia, Octavia, and Ophelia (yes, really) for girls.

SPACIEST TREND

Names inspired by the objects and creatures of the heavens. These include planet names like Mars and Jupiter; star names such as Orion; angel names from Seraphina to Gabriel; and names that reference the heavenly realm such as Stella and Luna. Nevaeh, heaven spelled backwards, may have inspired the trend but we see it trailing off.

MOST IMPROBABLE TV CHARACTER INSPIRATION

Dexter.

NAME TREND THAT’S JUMPED THE SHARK

*Twilight* names. Names from this franchise have been red hot since the Stephanie Meyer books and movies appeared, but parents are beginning to say “Hey, I don’t want people to think I named my kid after a vampire.” So Bella, Edward, Cullen, Emmett, Jasper, Esmé and Felix, hot over the past few years, may be approaching a downturn.


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