With 2015 upon us, it’s time to consider what legacy 2014 will leave behind. Such a query is especially important for impending parents who want to capture the cultural zeitgeist when naming their new arrival. Lucky for you, 2014 was full of movers and shakers, trends and tastemakers that are great inspiration for baby names. We compiled our favorites (some serious, some less than serious) into the list below, so you and your baby can be right on trend.
ELSA & KRISTOFF
Frozen may have been released in 2013, but it’s taken 2014 by storm. Snow storm, that is. These names inspired by the movie will continue to warm your heart long after we’ve all stopped singing “Let It Go” (which, let’s face it, will probably never happen).
JESSICA & MICHAEL
Didn’t you get the page? The 90s are back with a vengeance. This influential decade has been popping up everywhere from the runway to the song of the summer, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” According to government records, Jessica and Michael were the two most popular names of the 90s, providing a subtle nod to the trend without going full-on Zack and Kelly.
The fashion world lost one of its greats this year. Oscar de la Renta had a career that lasted decades, and an influence that will linger for many more. Naming your son Oscar would be a tender tribute to this trailblazing man, and the perfect excuse to dress your baby to the nines at all times. Tuxes at two months old? Yes please.
Being dubbed Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating Person was probably the least exciting part of Amal Alamuddin’s year. A human rights lawyer, author, activist, and the new Mrs. Clooney, Amal puts the power in power couple. She’s the perfect namesake for a daughter who will grow up to be so accomplished, a movie star should be so lucky to catch her eye.
Smith, Sam Smith [insert smolder here]. The radio airwaves belonged exclusively to this British crooner in 2014, and he shows no signs of relinquishing his reign in the coming year. There’s no guarantee your baby will carry his velvety voice, but if they take after their namesake at all, they’re sure to be quite the little heartbreaker (in a good way, of course.)
In Divergent, Tris refuses to be classified as just one thing. She’s brave, but she’s also intelligent and selfless. Given this name, your daughter will have the strength and determination to forge her own destiny. Katnisses of the world, you’ve met your match.
No one had a better 2014 than Lupita Nyong’o. The actress sprung from virtual anonymity to superstardom with her portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. By the time she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in March, Lupita’s name was already synonymous with effortless grace, class, and talent. Not a bad legacy for your little Lupita, now is it?
German soccer player Mario Götze gave another meaning to the term wunderkind when he scored the only goal in the finals of the World Cup this summer. With one swift kick, he secured Germany their 4th win, and himself the title of the next big thing. Only time will tell if your baby has the athletic prowess to eclipse this prodigal player, but in the meantime, being named Mario isn’t a bad place to start.
The color red has never gone out of style per say, but it’s never been as in style as it was in 2014. The playful pigment was literally everywhere, saturating the fall runways, tinting the red carpets even redder, and making a statement on Taylor Swift’s statement-making lips. Pantone obviously took inspiration from this trend when they named the color of 2015 Marsala (it’s a glorified deep red, really), but cool moms can take it one step further by naming their babies Scarlet.
BODE & LINDSEY
Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn made quite the name for themselves at the Sochi Olympics, representing the US in skiing competitions (or for Vonn, just in spirit, since she couldn’t compete.) These two would also make quite the names for your little ones, especially if you’ve got your sights set on the slopes.
Never one to let a joke go, the Internet made quick work of John Travolta’s Oscar flub, creating this handy Travoltified Name Generator. Pop on over to find out what meme-worthy name your child should receive. Purists at heart, however, may want to stick with Adele for their little ones. Bonus points if their middle name is Dazeem.
Move over, North West. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ secret daughter was the talk of the town in 2014. Whether or not Esmeralda is actually her name, it’s sure a sweet choice for a little bundle of genetically-blessed, object-of-the-world’s-envy joy.
TED & ROBIN
In 2014 we bid a bittersweet adieu to the How I Met Your Mother crew, and with them the heart, humor, and one hefty slap bet that made the show just so legen – wait for it – dary. Pay tribute to Mr. Moseby and co. by naming your little one after Ted, Robin, or any of their cohorts. It may have taken Ted 9 seasons to tell the story of how he met his children’s mother, but it’ll only take one episode for your kid to understand why you named them after this iconic show.More On