Loading...
The Family Room The Family Room Blog Home

Top baby name trends for 2013

Will we be deluged with a bunch of Baby Christian Greys?

With the recently released list of top baby names of 2012, we got to thinking ahead for the year to come. What's in store for us in 2013? Will there be an onslaught of Baby Katnisses, or perhaps Baby Biebers? We turned to the experts at Nameberry.com, who put together their best predictions for the coming year. Here's what they're guessing will be the big name-themes for 2013:

1. Biggest Big Picture Trend: Ancient Names
Movies like The Hunger Games have thrown to-be parents into naming frenzies with old-world gods/goddess-inspired monikers. Names like August, Maeve, Persephone, and yes, even Thor, are expected to be popularized next year.

Baby's feet

More on MSN Living: 10 ways your cat shows you love

2. Most Surprising Name Inspiration: Superstorm Sandy
No, people aren't likely to name their babies after horrible forces of mass destruction. That said, history shows that due to the repetition of the word 'Sandy,' we are more likely to use 'S' names and those with similar sounds, such as Sand, Sam, Alessandra, and even Storm.

3.  Trend Most Likely to Cross the Ocean: Lionine Names
Names like Leo and Leon are popular in Europe and are expected to become more so, here in the US. Leopold or Leona, anyone?

4. Coolest Middle Name Trend: Non-name Names
The idea of using a word as a middle name, as opposed to an actual name, is a concept revered by celebs, who've given their babies middle names like Ballerina and Bear. We just hope nobody else goes with 'Hashtag,' like this couple. Please, just...please, no.

More on MSN Living: Most popular kitten and puppy names

5. Hottest Trend Inspired by a Celebrity: Meaningful Place Names
Reese Witherspoon and her hubby went with 'Tennessee' for their baby boy - the birthplace of Reese's mother - which we love. Then there's Paris Jackson, or Chris Hemsworth's daughter, India. Wonder if anyone will go with Baby Saskatchewan?

6. Newest Retro Trend: Midcentury Nicknames
The popularity of Mad Men has driven an increase in 'grandma/grandpa' type retro names, like Hank and Hal. We sort of love Baby Minnie, ourselves.

7. Ethnic Name Group Most Likely to Rise: Scandinavian
Could the popular Siri, of iPhone fame, have inspired a rise in Scandinavian options for the coming year? It's possible, say the folks at Nameberry. They also suggest others such as Kai (a favorite of any Lego Ninjago fan), Astrid, Magnus and Axel.

More on MSN Living: Hot trends in baby products

8. Name Trend That’s Jumped the Shark: Double L Names
Names that have a double-L sound, such as Lily, Lila and Lola may indeed be passé for 2013. We won't be too upset if baby Lollipop doesn't trend.

9. Freshest Botanical Names: Wildflowers
Out with Rose, in with Poppy. We love the trend toward fresh wildflower names, also including Clover and Thistle. Just steer clear of Baby Ragweed, expectant parents, and we'll all be ok.

10. Coolest Direction in Naming: North
Seasonal names are big, especially those with a cooler edge, like Winter, Snow, and Frost, particularly as middle names.

For more trends in baby names, check out the Nameberry piece here.

What are YOUR favorite baby names? Share on our Facebook wall

Bing: Weirdest baby names

More on MSN Living:
The reality of being a working mom
The secret life of a stay-at-home mom
10 hot trends in baby products

Subscribe to The Family Room

29Comments
Jul 13, 2013 11:09PM
avatar
I think a name should be chosen carefully, what's cute at 6 mo. to 5 yrs. may be a hassle when the child goes to school. OTHER KIDS are not always nice...and pick up very quickly on a "different" name, or a set of intials that spell a word or nickname that's hurtfull or embarrassing to a 5 yr old.  It's true that parents usually want a "uinique" name for their most precious possession...but TRULY consider the future of WHAT the name sounds like to other people...and what some of the definitions of the name other people will come up with. Everyone has thier own ideas about WHAT to name thier child...and that's the parents perogative...but ALWAYS,ALWAYS think of your child's feelings when confronted with a very distinctive name...and having to live with it for the rest of thier life.
Jan 22, 2013 5:54PM
avatar
These are awful suggestions....Leo Bear or Poppy Frost.....ugh...please no.  Sorry children.  You can blame my generation for your embarrassment in school.
Dec 5, 2012 10:58PM
avatar
I think my bulldog's name would make a good child name:  Dammit.
Dec 5, 2012 10:32PM
avatar
My daughters name is Alessandra and its ivery unique and pretty.


Dec 5, 2012 9:47PM
Dec 5, 2012 9:40PM
avatar

Parents have always gone for trendy names.

Mabel, Ruth, Gertrude, Agnes, Ralph, Vernon were trendy at one time too.

Then it was Shirley, Margaret, Carol, Evelyn, Edward, and Charles.

When I was a kid it was Steven, William, Patrick, Mark, Susan, Debbie, and Bob.

Then when my kids were born everyone had to name their kids Jason, Jessica, Jacob, and Joshua.

People haven't changed, just the trendy names.

Dec 5, 2012 9:16PM
avatar

I'm going with...

 

... Languish  (to be neglected or deprived)

 

as my top name for 2013.

 

 

Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads

  • Courtesy Newser

    Same-sex parents have... healthier kids?

    Australian study finds fewer gender stereotypes in gay families

  • Labrador Retriever

    9 large dogs that can be good for families

    When searching for the right dog to add to your family, your first instinct might be to bring home a tiny little thing that your kids can cradle in their laps. But we're here to remind you that the best fit for you may be a large dog breed.

  • Akita

    11 stubborn dog breeds

    Many breeds were developed to do work that required them to act independently. Those dogs tend to be smart, but as family pets, they may need more leadership and training than others. Ultimately, though, they’re worth it. Here are 11 dog breeds that tend to have independent personalities.

  • 15 ways moms judge each other

    15 ways moms judge each other

    Moms are the main players in the judgement game, and it's not uncommon for friendships of many years to dissolve over disagreements once children and childrearing enter the picture

  • Vamping is new teen trend. Photo via Amy Clarke  // Vamping is new teen trend. Photo via Amy Clarke  (Vamping is new teen trend. Photo via Amy Clarke )

    'Vamping' is new teen trend

    Social hour has a whole new meaning for today's teens, who often stay up until the wee hours of the morning checking social media and chatting with friends.

  • Safety gadgets and apps for the whole family

    7 summer safety apps and gadgets

    Protect yourself and your family with these ingenious gizmos and smartphone apps

Loading...
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
family videos