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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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If she's "all washed-up" why would lots of people name their children after her? I'll bet "Sarah" and her kid's names are growing in popularity, as well.
1 posted on 11/22/2011 12:29:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went to college with a girl who was born in 1964, and named Reagan (after Ronaldus Magnus), coming to age in the 80s. Perfect timing!


2 posted on 11/22/2011 12:32:16 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And the all time inner city girl name:

Female

Pronounced:
FeeMalee

You just can’t make this stuff up/S


3 posted on 11/22/2011 12:34:43 PM PST by 9422WMR
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My wife, a woman of German extration, wanted Germanic names for the children. Unfortunately, she wouldn't settle for the German names I offered her - Wolfgang, Ludwig, Gertrude, Gunther, etc. So we ended up with prosaic English names - Mary, Daniel, David and John.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
4 posted on 11/22/2011 12:34:45 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are naming our second son after Waylon Jennings. LOL!

Colt Jennings


5 posted on 11/22/2011 12:34:56 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It doesn’t mention Spider. I love the name Spider. If I ever have a kid, I’m gonna name him (or her) Spider.


6 posted on 11/22/2011 12:36:20 PM PST by Krankor
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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).”

Have these people even read The Great Gatsby? "Hero" isn't the first word that comes to mind.
7 posted on 11/22/2011 12:36:27 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some of them are pretty good.

At least we are not seeing "L-A" ( Ladasha ) in those lists.

Nope, not kidding. Friend of mine has the newspaper clipping...

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8 posted on 11/22/2011 12:37:07 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Son born in the 60’s was named Michael - as were 6 others on his baseball team that year. IMO parents should consider a name that not only fits a child but that also will be appropriate when they are an adult. Since it’s the first word most often learn to write, they need to cut out the weird spellings.


9 posted on 11/22/2011 12:37:31 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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“The creator of nameberry.com, Pamela Redmond Satran tells Huffington Post what the hottest trends for 2012 will be.”

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I’m glad my parents didn’t follow any “Hot Trends (gasp)” when they named me. Particualarly those from a preening know-nothing, deploying two names.

I’m gonna call her just plain Pam to piss her off.


10 posted on 11/22/2011 12:37:38 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thinking of changing my son’s name to Entropy. The amount of energy he wastes doing useless crap is mind boggling.


11 posted on 11/22/2011 12:38:57 PM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

As to your tagline, John Connally would fit also.


12 posted on 11/22/2011 12:38:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"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."

13 posted on 11/22/2011 12:39:14 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The girls name “Madison” zoomed to popularity after the Darryl Hannah character in the movie “Splash” had that name.

And she got that name in the movie because they were on Madison Avenue in New York, and Tom Hanks decided to call her that.

I wonder if he had named her 5th Avenue or Broadway in that movie, if those names would have caught on.


14 posted on 11/22/2011 12:39:52 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Krankor
If I ever have a kid, I’m gonna name him (or her) Spider.

Do it with a 'y' (Spyder) so you can use the classic car as an excuse for your desire to come up with an unusual name.

15 posted on 11/22/2011 12:42:09 PM PST by HiJinx (I can see Mexico from my back porch...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.”

Outside of Leo and Lionel (or Wolf if you are German), those sound like names for my dog. "Bear, let's go hunting!" "Woof!"

16 posted on 11/22/2011 12:43:12 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: 9422WMR

“And the all time inner city girl name:

Female

Pronounced:
FeeMalee”

I knew a guy who taught at an inner city school in Los Angeles. He had a girl in his class named Female Brown. She said that the hospital gave her that first name. You are right, you can’t make that s*#t up.


17 posted on 11/22/2011 12:43:29 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: TLI

I started with Number 3 and Number 4. I didn’t think Number 1 or 2 would work out very well! ;-)


18 posted on 11/22/2011 12:45:24 PM PST by almost done by half
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Second son of second son always Benjamin James.


19 posted on 11/22/2011 12:45:51 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I know several folks (including a couple of FReepers) who named their daughters Reagan and one who also has a son named Ron.


20 posted on 11/22/2011 12:47:44 PM PST by mnehring
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My kids were watching Disney channel yesterday and between shows they did a princess makeover for some kid that won it as a prize. Her name was Notlim. Notlim? Really? Milton, if spelled backward. Must be named after her dad or grandfather. Maybe?

Weird.


21 posted on 11/22/2011 12:47:49 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Dr. Sivana
Have these people even read The Great Gatsby? "Hero" isn't the first word that comes to mind.

My first thought as well. I doubt that any of them have ever read any Fitzgerald.

22 posted on 11/22/2011 12:49:03 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Jack of all Trades

LOL


23 posted on 11/22/2011 12:49:09 PM PST by mnehring
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hillary is Most Poisoned Baby Name in History

"The title for the most rapid case of name contamination had been held by Ebenezer and then Adolph, names that were shunned by parents after they became associated with Dickens's miserly banker and the Nazi dictator Hitler. But while Ebenezer and Adolph each took over 30 years to fall from the Top 1000 after they were negatively associated with their prominent name sakes, Hillary dropped off the charts in just 10 years, upsetting the prior records in less than 30% of the time. Besides this achievement, Hillary also set records for largest drop in a single year (295 places in 1994), two years (420 places in 1993-1994) and ten years (>864 from 1993 to 2002). These titles taken together constitute the grand slam of name poisoning."

24 posted on 11/22/2011 12:49:38 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
I went to college with a girl who was born in 1964, and named Reagan (after Ronaldus Magnus), coming to age in the 80s. Perfect timing!

In the 90s, I worked with a guy named Rex Rexilius.

25 posted on 11/22/2011 12:49:46 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: TLI

It’s true and the mother got mad because the people at school couldn’t figure out how to pronounce it.


26 posted on 11/22/2011 12:50:18 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Grams A

>>they need to cut out the weird spellings.<<

Plus you are sentencing your kid to a lifetime of either spelling it each and every time it comes up (”it is Beqkee” with a “q-e-e”) or just having it flat-out wrong.


27 posted on 11/22/2011 12:51:01 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: Grams A

Ha...I went on a week-long trip in a Winnebago with four guys, and three of us were named “Bob”...you can imagine how quickly we got fed up with that!

Also-if you ever go into the military, God help you if you have a bizarre name that requires lots of explaining for either meaning or spelling. There will likely be lots of time spent explaining things, and nobody wants to be the nail that is sticking up!

In those cases, the children would thank the parents later for naming them “Mark” or “Joseph”...:)


28 posted on 11/22/2011 12:51:34 PM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: 9422WMR

One of my relatives went to school with a girl named Velveeta. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?


29 posted on 11/22/2011 12:52:35 PM PST by chronicles
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To: al_c
In the 90s, I worked with a guy named Rex Rexilius.

I always wondered how males get those (women sometimes marry into it, like Luren Bush-Luren). I did work with a Michael Mike in CT in the '90s.
30 posted on 11/22/2011 12:55:00 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: freedumb2003

How annoying is it to hear a kid have to say in a bored (because she has said it a gazillion times) monotone something like “It’s ‘Kaylee’ with the ‘y’...”


31 posted on 11/22/2011 12:55:40 PM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: rlmorel

I always get a kick out of George Foreman - all of his boys (4 or 5?) are named George. I’m not sure, but he may have a daughter named Georgina or Georgette or something.


32 posted on 11/22/2011 12:59:13 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: rlmorel

It’s not KAY-LEE it’s KALE, like the vegetable!


33 posted on 11/22/2011 1:02:20 PM PST by null and void (MSGT Dean Hopkins USMC (ret) WWII-Korea-Vietnam 11/9/1925-10/22/2011 My hero, my Dad)
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To: 9422WMR

I see your Female and raise you-
Agghanistan(from the local death notices)
Pa’jama-from a magazine article on a woman naming her baby by using ‘pajamas’ in a catalog-and-my favorite-
Toi’let-actually seen on a woman’s work name tag on a local bus.
Compared to those, Tanganika, Teriyaki and LaTwondashonda barely get noticed.


34 posted on 11/22/2011 1:02:53 PM PST by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
People might be more cautious when naming their children. Even though the thought of Nazi-inspired names are abhorrent to most of us - the seizure of children from their natural parents - because of their names - is chilling. Would this Government sponsored abduction apply if the kid was called Osama bin Laden??????????? http://www.newser.com/story/133758/adolf-hitlers-parents-lose-custody-of-newborn.html
35 posted on 11/22/2011 1:05:05 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Gingrich-Cain 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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!

What about Mulva? (Oblique Seinfeld ref).

36 posted on 11/22/2011 1:05:58 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kings and Queens never go out of style and never become too trendy either... Henry, Edward, Charles, Phillip, George, Catherine, Anne, Jane, Marie. That has been my strategy. I even had a dog named Louis :)


37 posted on 11/22/2011 1:06:05 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: sodpoodle

Of course not. The government gets to decide what is proper and what is taboo. Did you think it was 1798 or something?


38 posted on 11/22/2011 1:06:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chilling ain’t it?


39 posted on 11/22/2011 1:09:50 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Gingrich-Cain 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m gonna name my second son “Bexley,” after the Zero-G football champion, James Bexley Speed.


40 posted on 11/22/2011 1:09:59 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m naming my baby “Hurricane.”


41 posted on 11/22/2011 1:12:40 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I love Amish names.

I'm torn between June-Bug, Jamal, and Mohammed.

42 posted on 11/22/2011 1:14:17 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: forgotten man

Reminds me of that old Da Niece joke. (Girl named by her uncle).


43 posted on 11/22/2011 1:14:38 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: 9422WMR; SortaBichy

Chlamydia Champagne....and her sister Etiwanda, of course.


44 posted on 11/22/2011 1:15:47 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who's My Baby's Daddies!?
45 posted on 11/22/2011 1:16:07 PM PST by DCBryan1 ("Forget the Lawyers! FIRST YOU MUST kill the journalists!" - Die Ritter, die sagen, "nee"!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Wifey and I were at a little local thingie Saturday, and two parents were trying to get their kids' attention...."Madison! Madison!"

Then they got around to Madison's brother....."Oregon! Oregon!"

46 posted on 11/22/2011 1:19:24 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I always wanted to name a daughter Cosmoline.


47 posted on 11/22/2011 1:19:33 PM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: ntnychik

Saw a LATRINA the other day in the arrests and warrants section of the newspaper.

Don’t like it. Sounds too much like latrine.


48 posted on 11/22/2011 1:20:11 PM PST by CodeJockey (Barack 0bamacide... Destroys economies on on contact!)
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To: EyeGuy
I’m gonna call her just plain Pam to piss her off.

I keep leaving out the "r" in her last name as I read it.

49 posted on 11/22/2011 1:24:04 PM PST by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A slew of parents are looking to the animal kingdom to give their kids fearsome retarded names. “Bear, Fox, Wolf, Lynx

and then there are the perhaps-even-fiercer more retarded names like Breaker, Ranger, and Wilder.”

50 posted on 11/22/2011 1:24:16 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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