Whether or not I’m pregnant, I always like to keep a close eye on baby naming trends. It’s something I’ve done since I was little and kept a list of my top 5 favorite names — you know, for my future children.
The women from Nameberry, Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, have been hard at work studying their super awesome baby name website and have come up with a bunch of cool new trends shaping up for 2014. They share them with Today Moms as well as some other naming trends that have apparently seen their day.
Here are my three favorite new trends for 2014:
Eccentric vintage revival: And I’m not talking your grandma’s name, I’m talking eccentric ancestor names. As the Nameberry girls note, Wilhelmina and Wolfgang are back with a bang. Hello Emilena and Hepzibah! Don’t like Edna? Call her Edie.
Boys’ names for girls:
James is the first one that comes to mind. Whether used as a first name like popular blogger James from Bleubird Vintage or as a middle name, it’s all the rage. The Nameberry women suggest Lucy Thomas (love!) and Charlie. I love this trend so much that I’m devoting to future posts to the best boy names for girls and the best girl names for boys. Stay tuned!
Dowdy royal names:
After all the speculation over what the royal baby’s name would be, those names formerly considered old or dowdy are starting to feel new and hip again. Arthur, George and Louis as well as Maud, Mary and Helen are just a few examples. I used to haaate these names, but there’s something so classic and beautiful about so many of them that I far prefer them to trendier names that have dominated in years past.
There are a bunch more trends shaping up for 2014 and some other baby naming trends that Nameberry says have jumped the shark. Click on over to Today Moms to check them out.
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