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5 Baby Name Trends For 2012
Babble ^ | November 21, 2011 | Monica Bielanko

Posted on 11/22/2011 12:29:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

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 nameberry.com, 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!


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KEYWORDS: children; palin; sarahpalin; trends
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Ketchup?

:D


81 posted on 11/22/2011 3:19:33 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: Eaker; Allegra; TheMom

Potato.

Potato is a fine name in any language.


82 posted on 11/22/2011 3:21:08 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: rlmorel

Also-if you ever go into the military, God help you if you have a bizarre name...

Brings to mind a story about a Navy Chief who noticed a new seaman and barked at him “What’s your name sailor?” The seaman responded “John”. Chief scowled and said he doesn’t call anyone by their first name because it leads to a breakdown in authority and sailors are referred to by their last names only. So he barked again, “What’s your last name?” The seaman responded, “Darling. My name is John Darling, Chief”. “Okay, John, here’s what I want you to do...”


83 posted on 11/22/2011 3:23:28 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: humblegunner

Especially if the last name is Salad.


84 posted on 11/22/2011 3:32:18 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: arthurus
I remember a sergeant in the Air Force many years ago whose last name was King. His first name was Nosmo

Went to school at The Citadel with a guy by the name of Major Sergeant. In military fashion, class attendance roll call was called out as Sergeant, Major.

His Dad was a three up and three down known as Sergeant Major Sergeant.

Always wondered if he ever made it to Major Major Sergeant.

85 posted on 11/22/2011 3:33:38 PM PST by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom
Potato is a fine name in any language.

Your middle name by chance?

86 posted on 11/22/2011 4:08:57 PM PST by Eaker (Nothing even remotely praising Romney should be posted because one should stick to the truth.)
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To: Eaker; Allegra; TheMom
Your middle name by chance?

That would be Daniel.

He'll be arriving noonish tomorrow, the younger.

87 posted on 11/22/2011 4:13:33 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; TheMom
I wish my name was Potato Potato Potato.

Then this could be my theme song.

88 posted on 11/22/2011 4:20:39 PM PST by Lazamataz (Monkeys do not like getting slapped, contrary to popular belief.)
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To: Lazamataz

Seriously.....(yeah, I know, it’s laz), since I’ve lived through many name cycles I have discovered that there is no originality in picking names. When I named my daughter, I thought I was picking an old romantic name that would be nice but different. Turns out that in that generation there were gazillions of girls named Teresa or Kelly. Then came Ashley and Brianna, etc. My son and his wife worked very hard to find a name that would be different for their first child. She is now 7 and every other girl born at the same time is named Emma. The newest baby is Avery. Anybody know how many Averys there are now (boys and girls)? I say there is universal mind and thoughts are rarely original.


89 posted on 11/22/2011 4:40:54 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: WVNan
The thought of a Universal Mind is not an original thought. ;)

Seriously, I feel that there is a Universal Mind. We might even call it God.

90 posted on 11/22/2011 4:43:31 PM PST by Lazamataz (Monkeys do not like getting slapped, contrary to popular belief.)
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To: ConorMacNessa
Living in Minnesota we nearly named our firstborn son Erlend Olaf but wiser counsels soon prevailed.

Cheers!

91 posted on 11/22/2011 5:21:40 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Chlamydia Champagne....and her sister Etiwanda, of course.


92 posted on 11/22/2011 5:39:45 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: LUV W

That would be bad.


93 posted on 11/22/2011 5:41:26 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

seems time for THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdmiZyyGjQ


94 posted on 11/22/2011 5:47:17 PM PST by ZinGirl
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I remember years ago hearing on Court TV about a murder victim named Malice Green.


95 posted on 11/22/2011 5:50:30 PM PST by muggs (Hope and Change = Hoax and Chains)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
I thought so too...but then there was the story of

Justin and Ketchup 2 little OWSies.....:)

96 posted on 11/22/2011 5:53:05 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: ZinGirl

Now I need to barfanequa.


97 posted on 11/22/2011 5:55:43 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I have a son or daughter, I will name them “Butch.”


98 posted on 11/22/2011 5:58:20 PM PST by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Lazamataz

Of course. But I was thinking of how our individual minds are connected. Maybe our minds are connected in God. Deep stuff. Every time I get a great idea and I don’t act on it ASAP, then somebody else that I don’t even know will use that idea and profit from it. So, the early bird gets the worm. But we both picked the idea out of the universe of ideas at the same time. Yeah, I get the bazaar ideas about Cosmic workings from time to time. Are you sure we’re not related?


99 posted on 11/22/2011 6:20:38 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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To: WVNan

Proof reading is my friend.....repeat 1000 times. Never mind spelling.


100 posted on 11/22/2011 6:23:10 PM PST by WVNan (!)
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