I love names lists, and am always entertained by some of the latest crop of “trendy” or celeb names. According to the website Belly Ballot, which uses social media to track what names parents are selecting from around the world, the trends are changing faster than lists can be compiled.
“Baby name books are outdated before they are even printed,” said Lacey Moler, co-founder of Belly Ballot. The website compiled the name preferences from over 1 000 parents along with 10 000 votes from their friends and families to come up with the trends, said Moler.
The most common trend:
“People are trying to make their kids name really unique,” she said. “And they are trying to do whatever they can to do it from changing of the spelling the name, to adding a y in the name to jazz it up.”
Other trends the website has tabulated include:
• Names inspired by technology: In November, a woman turned to Facebook to announce the birth of her baby girl Hashtag, inspired by the ubiquitous # symbol in social media. In Israel, a couple named their baby after the “Like” button on Facebook. Others named their child Facebook after the role of the social media in the Arab Spring. Moler said we should likely expect more technology inspired names. “People are technology crazed, and this appeals to a certain group of people,” said Moler. Think Tweet, Android, and even little iMac might not be too far-fetched in the future, she says.
• Multiple names: In the quest for unique names, parents are turning to multiples to give their kids an edge. Or in some cases, they simply can’t decide which one to choose, so why not pick two or three? Or like Uma Thurman, who gave her daughter a mouthful of a name, when she gave her five: Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson.
• Old is new: Oldies are goldies, and that appears to apply to names as well. Grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ names are making a strong comeback. Old-fashioned names that have made a comeback include: Pearl, Florence, Nellie, Eleanor, Roy, Charles, Frank, and Albert.
• Crazy spellings: What’s the best way to spice up a common name? Change the spelling. Parents are shying away from the original spellings and creating a whole new name for their baby. Jaxon and Jaxen have become very popular. Other examples include Avah, Xakery, Josilyn, and Braedyn.
• Surnames for firstnNames: Not an entirely new trend, but many parents appear to be choosing names that could easily be a first or last name, like Grant or Kennedy.
Feature image via Fitpregnancy.com