Your baby's name will have it's name for the rest of his or her life, so… it's kinda important. (Like, the most important.)
Hey, don't stress!! To help you with this huge identity-making life-impacting decision Nameberry.com has come up with some the top baby naming trends to help you find the perfect fit!
Big Picture Trend: Mariah Carey did it perfectly when she named her daughter Monroe, a name that honored her heroine Marilyn Monroe in a distinctly modern way.
Same But Different Names: A popular name with a twist! Example: Right now the #1 girls' name Isabella gives rise to stylistically-related choices Arabella and Annabelle.
Fierce Names: There are fierce animal names such as Bear, Fox, Wolf, Lynx and a range of names from Leo to Lionel that mean lion, and then there are the perhaps-even-fiercer names like Breaker, Ranger, and Wilder.
Hottest Direction in Baby Naming Is West : West and Weston and Wesley, along with Western-sounding names fit for a new generation of 'lil cowboys: Boone and Bo, Wyatt and Wylie, Cole and Colt, Zane and Shane, and even Maverick.
Now Vowel Is "A": A names have been trending upward for several years now, with more babies receiving A names than those of any other letter. Some popular ones include: Acacia, Ada, Anais, Annelise, Anouk, Aria, Athena, Aurelia, and Azalea, and for boys, Alistair, Ambrose, Aragon, Archer, Arthur, Augustus, and Axel.
Consonant of the Moment Is "M": Over the past few decades, we've had J, K, and L names in the forefront, and with Baby Names 2012 it's M's moment.
Adjective Names: Word names are taking a new turn away from nouns and toward adjectives, like True, Noble, Brave, Strong, Loyal, Loving, Sunny, Golden, Royal, Happy.
2012's Comeback Name Is Betty: Thanks to Mad Men and Betty White!
Coolest Middle Names Are Connectors: Gone are the old one-syllable connective-tissue middle names like Ann and Lee and Lynn, and in their place are….new one-syllable connective-tissue middle names such as May and Wren and Bee.
Vintage Nicknames That End In -ie: Nicknames that end in ie - Lottie and Hattie, Addie and Nellie - were all the rage at the end of the 19th century but then gave way to "modern" y endings, which in the 1960s became cutesi i endings, which in the yooneek era morphed into -ee and -eigh and -ea etcetera endings.
We hope this helps!
Be sure that as long as your don't name your child Pilot Inspector, you should be fine!
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