Pop culture is just one of many things that determine the latest baby name trends. Find out what we expect to see in 2014.
Hipster baby names
The word “hipster” may be a tad overused, but we foresee the concept affecting baby name selections. Hipster names are artsy and include restored antique gems (like Atticus and Caroline) as well as trendy newcomers (Greyson, Ember).
Family baby names
Explore your family tree for a fabulous assortment of baby name options. Look past those monikers that make a straight path (John, John Jr., John III) for fabulous vintage oldies such as Ada, Clementine, Florence, Minnie and Myrtle for girls and Arthur, Clarence, Herbert, Howard and Walter for boys.
Boy names for girls
This is a trend that celebrities have embraced in a big way. Some celebs pair a feminine first name with a masculine middle name, like these:
- Autumn James and Gracie James (daughters of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ron Livingston, respectively)
- Ava Berlin (daughter of Jeremy Renner)
- Goldie Ryan (daughter of Steve Madden)
- Lucy Thomas (daughter of Eli Manning)
- Charlotte Bryant and Charlotte Easton (daughters of Colin Hank and Rachael Leigh Cook, respectively)
Others opt for masculine first names and feminine middle names:
- Sage Lavinia (daughter of Jack Huston and Shannan Click)
- Scout Margery (daughter of Kerri Walsh)
- Sterling Diane (daughter of Shannon Miller)
Virtue names for boys
Virtue baby names take us back to Puritan times. Parents hoped their children would take on the characteristics of these descriptive names. The trend resurfaced a few years ago for baby girls (Faith, Hope and Charity), and now we’re seeing a resurgence of virtue names for boys.
Pope Francis has delighted his faithful followers as a “Pope of the people.” Expect grateful Catholics to pay tribute to this holy man with the perfect baby name.
Long baby names for boys
Popular two-syllable baby boy names have ruled the charts for over a decade, but that may soon change. Favorites such as Jacob, Mason, Jayden and Liam will see competition from much longer monikers.
Grandma names for girls
We tend to associate names with generations, especially among girls. There are the millennial names, such as Heather, Ashley and Kailee, and the current Generation Z names like Isabella, Chloe, Sophia and Emma.
There are other names that call to mind Grandma (and Great Grandma), and these are the names that new parents are embracing for their baby girls.
Destination baby names
As travel and technology expand, so does our access to countless wonderful places around the globe. Honor your favorite city, state or country with a clever destination baby name.
- For boys: Austin, Boston, Carson, Hudson, Jackson, Orlando, Princeton, Santiago, Trenton, Tyrone, Zaire and Zion
- For girls: America, Aspen, Catalina, Cheyenne, Helena, Kenya, London, Malaysia, Paloma, Paris, Shiloh, Sydney and Virginia
Herbs and spices names for girls
Brand new names
The Social Security Administration has been publishing popular baby name lists since 1880. These names are actively being searched but have never made the SSA’s Top 1,000. So, essentially, they’re brand-new names.
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