Hottest Baby Names Of 2011… So Far

A lot of interesting names are shooting up the chart.

I don’t think I’ve ever loved every single name on a hottest baby names list. But this time, I must admit, I do.

Danielle over at Strollerderby wrote about the website Nameberry’s number one baby name picks for 2011. As she reports, “their data is based on over 23 million views on the site from January 2011 to the present.

All right, you say! Enough with the preamble and get on with the baby names! Without further ado, here are the names Nameberry says are the hottest of 2011, ladies first.

Pippa – It’s not just Pippa Middleton and her derriere  that ignited interest in this name, both PIppa and the more formal Philippa take the top spot on Nameberry.  It did not appear at all in the 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010.

Elula – I’ve got to be honest, I don’t even know exactly how to pronounce this.  But it’s what Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher named their second daughter.  It’s drawn from the Hebrew calendar.

Hadley – I think this is a great unisex name but I especially like it for a girl.  The success of the bestselling novel The Paris Wife (about Hemingway’s wife Hadley Richardson) skyrocketing up the list.

Mila - Perhaps actress Mila Kunis’ rising star has something to do with this name’s increasing popularity?

Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide – As Nameberry reports, “if it’s a vintage girls’ name that starts with Ad-, it can’t miss this year, it seems.

Luna – It was rumored for months that David and Victoria Beckham were going to name their daughter Luna which likely jump-started this name’s popularity.  Instead, they named their daughter Harper, which was one of the hottest names of 2010.

And now for the gentleman:

Asher – The biblical name has unseated Henry for the number 1 spot for boys. It means happy/blessing.

Everett -  Nameberry calls this “a groundbreaking baby name move that feminists can applaud, boys’ names are for the first time being pushed into the limelight by the popularity of their female counterparts.”  The name Everett is inspired by stylish girls’ names like Eva and Evelyn.

Arlo – I don’t know what it is, but I love this name.  Who could dislike an Arlo?  Other names ending in O are shooting up the list including Nico, Hugo and Otto.  Personally, I love the name Milo, but that’s my dog’s name and it would’ve been weird to name my son after our dog, no?

Flynn – Finn was a hot one for a while, after Julia Roberts named her son Finn.  I’ve loved it since they remade Dickens’ Great Expectations into a movie starring Ethan Hawke and changed his character’s name from Pip, which is what it is in the book, to Finn.  Now the baby name chosen by Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr is rising through the ranks to become one of this year’s favorites.

Archer – Nameberry says literary baby names are hot right now, especially when they’re not too literary: Think Holden and Atticus.  For a time my husband really wanted to name our son Oliver Twist Bielanko.  I think that’s what Nameberry would call “too literary”.  Anyway, the name Archer, as in Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady and Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence, is a hot one right now.  It’s also the name of one of Babble’s Top 50 Mombloggers, Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child’s son.

What do you think, pregnant ladies? Any of these grab your attention? Or once they’ve hit the spotlight are you totally over them?

Image: Flickr.com/JulianHaler

Why don’t the most popular baby names change from year to year?

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