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Baby Name Predictions for 2011

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Baby Names for 2011

Are you due to give birth in 2011? Need some baby name ideas? If so, you might want to investigate the latest in baby name trends before you name your newest arrival.

According to Nameberry, baby names in 2011 will be more optimistic, reflecting an economy on the upswing (we hope!).  So what names will we be hearing around the playground in the coming years? And which names are fading in popularity?

“Twilight”-inspired baby names, which topped the list in 2009, might be losing their lustre. According to Nameberry:

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.

Meanwhile, names inspired by the planets and the heavens will gain in popularity — for instance, Mars, Luna, Jupiter, Orion and Seraphina.

Names that start with “O” such as Oliver and Olivia continue to be popular. Watch out for Oscar, Owen, Orson, Otto, Orlando, and Milo for boys; Olive, Olympia, Octavia, and Ophelia for girls.

Also on the upswing are names starting with “Ha” such as Hayden, Harry, Hazel, Harrison, Harper, Hadley, Hank, Haven, Hal, Hart, Harriet, Hattie, Hale, Harley, Hartley and Harlow.

“R” names are also trendy (certainly, Ruby, my 5-year-old’s name is). Look out for Rufus, Rupert, Ray, Rosamund, Raphael (Rafi), Roman, Romy, Romilly, Remy, Rory, Reed, Rhys, Rowan, Ronan, Reeve, Ripley, Roscoe, Reuben, and Ruby.

Speaking of “R” names, Rory is a prime example of a truly androgynous name which can be used evenly for a boy or a girl (Jesse, my 8-year-old daughter’s name, is another one as well as Harley and Harper). Expect more of these gender-neutral names including Paxton, Peyton, Sawyer and Sasha.

While in the past, parents of boys would avoid a gender-neutral name once it became too popular with girls, Nameberry predicts that will no longer be the case.

Flower names such as Lily, Rose, Daisy and Violet will be joined by newcomers such as Dahlia, Poppy, Lotus, Lilac, Acacia, Marigold and Camellia.

Finally, you can expect more “geezer” names to make a comeback — like Stanley, Harvey, Ernest and Walter. What about “geezer” girls’ names like Mildred?

One baby name trend I can do without — parents are apparently giving their children “dog” names such as Buster or Buddy. That’s okay for a childhood nickname, but Buddy might not work so well past elementary school.

What baby name trends do you predict for 2011?

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