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5 Baby Name Trends For 2012

By Monica Bielanko |

My little Henry David.

I’ve always been fascinated by name trends. It’s interesting to see how certain names ebb and flow in popularity.

The name game is tough to win. If you hop on a trend, it could be cool for the first few years but, chances are, that name is going to feel dated when your child is reaching adulthood. That’s why I’ve always passed over fads for classic names. However, when naming my son a classic name I inadvertently hopped aboard a Hollywood trend. A twofer! Rare!

If you’re looking ahead to 2012 wondering what names are going to be all the rage, look no further. The creator of, Pamela Redmond Satran tells Huffington Post what the hottest trends for 2012 will be.

1.  Combining Favorite Names.  Most parents try to avoid super popular names.  That can be tough when the great names surge up the list and your left between picking a name you love and having your daughter be one of four Avas in her class.  The new trend, altering popular names slightly.  As Satran says “Number 1 girls’ name Isabella gives rise to stylistically-related choices Arabella and Annabelle; Olivia, the top name in Britain, spawns spelling variation Alivia; Emma and Emily promote brother name Emmett.”

2.  A slew of parents are looking to the animal kingdom to give their kids fearsome names.  “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.”

3.  Sweet vintage names make a comeback.  Especially names ending in ie.  For example:  Lottie and Hattie, Addie, Nettie and Nellie.

4.  Modern hero surnames.  Satran says Mariah Carey nailed it when she named her daughter Monroe, to honor her heroine, Marilyn Monroe.  Other examples of surnames or heros in movies, life and literature used as first names:  “Landry (as in football coach Tom), Gatsby (as in fictional hero The Great), and Palin (yes, as in her).”

5.  2012 will be the year of M names, Satran predicts.  Examples:  “Maeve, Magdalena, Maisie, Marguerite, Marlo/Marlowe, May, Mila, Millie, and Minnie, and for boys, Magnus, Micah, Miller, Milo, Montgomery, Moses and MONICA!

To check out all 12 trends for 2012 click on over to the Huffington Post.


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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “5 Baby Name Trends For 2012

  1. heather at says:

    Bestowing a name upon a child is a gift given…for life. And one we wanted to be unique and not shared by anyone. So, these lists would be extremely helpful to my husband and I. We’d be running from them as quickly as we could to pick only our children would hold. Problem is, that’s what my mom did. And then I ended up with a few others in my class sharing the same nomer. So, these lists are a lovely guide for some, and a great tool for those who want to avoid the most popular names. Try as you might, though. I don’t think you’ll find the names of our children on our website anywhere. We think we dolled out a few pretty good ones to ours and we aren’t sharing. :)

  2. Joe the Pimpernel says:

    “2012 will be the year of M names, Satran predicts. Examples: “Maeve, Magdalena, Maisie, Marguerite, Marlo/Marlowe, May, Mila, Millie, and Minnie, and for boys, Magnus, Micah, Miller, Milo, Montgomery, Moses and MONICA!”

    She forgot Muhammad.

  3. sarah l says:

    Heather, I’m with you! We made up our children’s names, they don’t even come up on Google :-)

  4. Brittany says:

    I think parents who give their children names that sound like one thing but are spelled differently are idiots. Seriously, between Olivia and Alivia? That doesn’t make you unique, it makes you look like you don’t know how to freaking spell. All you’re creating is a lifetime of hardships for your baby, having to double check forms and spell their name over the phone and just about anyone else. Not to mention having to correct ANYONE who reads their ID. Dumb, is what it is.

  5. Laura says:

    Wow I totally took up all those trends when we named our daughter Milika, called Millie for short. Cept that was three years ago. Obviously a trendsetter ;)

  6. Saffron says:

    The trend in the UK for the last 3 or 4 years is to name your children a name from your greatgrandparents generation.
    My neice goes to school with an Archie, Alfie, Stanley, Bertie, Norman as well as Elsie (which would really be Elizabeth) Lois, Maggie, Iris and Martha.

  7. Amy Lee says:

    Horrified that ‘Palin’ made this list. Life long Alaskan and that she is anyones hero kills me.

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