5 Baby Naming Trends Shaping Up In 2013


Rome still rules!

Nowadays it seems like parents are clocking baby naming trends so they know what NOT to name their children.

Seems the one trend that has stayed the same for several years now is trying to name your baby something nobody has ever heard before.

That’s in stark contrast to the 1950s, when the most popular girl and boy names (Mary and John) accounted for half of all babies named each year. Today, the most popular names account for just 1 percent of all babies.

As reported on The Huffington Post several new baby naming trends are already shaping up for 2013 but the trend of naming your kid something unusual is at the top.

Laura Wattenberg, a statistician who blogs at, tells LiveScience, “Everybody is looking for this impossible dream, which is a name that everybody knows, everybody loves and nobody is using…As you can imagine, it just doesn’t work that way.”

Still, it doesn’t stop parents from trying. Below are some of the baby name trends shaping up for 2013 as reported by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry. Sorry all you parents hoping to be unique, you’re already part of a trend…


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    Ancient Names
    As I reported last year, ancient Roman names ruled in 2012 and this year looks to be no different. As the women from Nameberry report, "Russell Crowe's "Gladiator" and HBO's "Rome" may have kindled the trend for Ancient Roman names, but then the megahit "The Hunger Games" drove it into the big-time." Names of old world gods and goddesses and other mythological characters are springing up all over the place. Choices we'll be hearing more of include Antonia, Augustus, Octavia, Felix, Cassius, Persephone, Athena, Juno, Julius, Thor and Maeve.
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  • Non-Name Names 2 of 5
    Non-Name Names
    This is apparently the hottest middle-name trend going. Give your kid the name of an object or any word of personal significance. Like Star or Fox. As The Huffington Post reports, "Celebrities have led the way, using everything from Ballerina to Bear, Sweetheart to Seven to Song to Saint in middle place following more conventional firsts."
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  • Meaningful Place Names 3 of 5
    Meaningful Place Names
    Thank Reese Witherspoon for this one. She named her son Tennessee in honor of her home state. As The Huffington Post reports, "Other celebs have chosen names of places that also have emotional significance, while another contingent have gone for the more exotic -- Chris Hemsworth's daughter India -- or the down-to-earth, as with Nick Lachey's Camden."
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    Ye Olde Skool
    Mid-century is oh, so hip. We're seeing a new generation of parents turning to classics for inspiration. There is a new generation of kids with names like Hank and Hal, Ray and Fay, Millie and Monty. For more on this vintage comeback, check out Not Your Grandparents Baby Names: 10 Vintage Names We Want To See in 2013.
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    Botanical Baby
    As parents strive for unusual, flower names like Violet and Rose will no longer do so they're turning from cultivated gardens to the wild. Names like Clover and Poppy along with tree names like Juniper and Maple are becoming popular. Along with that are Thistle and Dandelion. Herbal names like Katniss and Primrose from "The Hunger Games" are still popular this year as well.
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