Every year parents seem to get more and more, umm, adventurous, when it comes to choosing a name for their little sprout. (And yes, the name that they land on may actually be Sprout. Don’t laugh, you’ll hurt 121 ‘Sprout’s’ feelings).
And by the looks of it 2015 offers no exception, as parents of all ages look set to continue following these trends when it comes to deciding on a baby name.
Nameberry.com recently released its list of 15 of the hottest baby name trends for 2015. And whilst there’s always the predictable and unusual favourites, this year there’s also the wonderful and the whacky.
The trend to watch – definitional names.
These are the names bestowed upon babies whose parents clearly have high hopes for their direction in life. They might be strong names like Royal or Reign – the name chosen recently by Kourtney Kardashian for her newborn son. They might be virtuous names like Saint or Noble. They may even be so-called “bad-ass” names like Rogue or Rowdy.
But there is also a predicted growth in the trend of “cool kid” names like Buzz and Lazer. Yep, Buzz as in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. And Lazer, like the shiny red dot that your cat likes to chase around the house.
Growing trend – the trendy ending.
Parents are increasingly giving trendy endings to babies names – with ‘bella’ for girls and ‘ett’ for boys being the most popular. This means that traditional names like Isabella are being swamped with modern takes like Mirabella, Rosabella and Arabella. While the ever-fashionable Emmett for boys is joined by Beckett, Everett and Bennett.
Other trendy endings are ‘er’ for girls – Harper and Miller – and ‘s’ for boys – Silas and Atticus.
Reverse gender trend – the “was-a-boys-now-a-girls-soon-to-be-a-boys-again” name.
Did you get all of that? This is a trend that is seeing girls names reclaimed for boys – often they’re names that originated as boys names but have slowly transitioned to unisex or female names. This list includes the likes of Loren, Robin, Carey, Casey, Kelly, Lane, Sidney, Tatum, Rory and Rowan.
The trend that’s on the map – directional and place names.
Kimye may have officially started it, but this is one trend that doesn’t look like it’s going to back off anytime soon. This growing list of popular place and directionally-inspired names now includes the likes of Georgia, Tennessee and Carolina, as well as South, Frost and Snow. Month-inspired names, many of which are quite old-fashioned, are also trending again. So maybe you’ll have a baby August in June, or June in August?
Vowel trend – an ‘O’ to remember me.
Another steadily growing trend is that of girls’ names that end in an ‘O’ sound, adding to the list of loved boys’ names like Theo, Leo and Milo. These newer names include Marlow, Margot, Harlow, Isabeau, Indigo, Shiloh and Willow.
Many celebs have already embraced this one – Actor Will Smith and popstar P!nk both have daughters named Willow, Brangelina have a daughter named Shiloh and Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s daughter is named Harlow.
Consonant trend – an ‘X’ at the end, in the middle, or basically just anywhere.
We’re not quite sure what to make of this one yet. It is a trend that offers some interesting (and often memorable) choices along the lines of Fox, Hendrix, Knox and Beatrix. As well as Baxter, Huxley, Paxton, Maxine, Pixie and Roxana.