Baby Names 2013: Top Trends For Expecting Parents

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U.S. trends in baby names have been rapidly shifting and there are going do be some different names on the kindergarten roster in the next few years.

The trending names of 2013 are inspired by Roman gods and even the harsher sides of nature, according to Nameberry.

The following is Nameberry’s predicitions for the baby names in 2013:

Superstorm Sandy:

People won’t be specifically naming their children “Superstorm Sandy,” of course, but there will reportedly be a surge of names that pay homage to the devestation, subconsciously or on purpose. According to Nameberry, many names will have Sandy-like sounds such as Alessandra, Cassandra or Sandra. The site also added that Sand, Dune, Beach and storm might rise in popularity.

Non-names as names:

More and more, people are picking names for their children that are just words, like Bear or Ballerina.

Meaningful geography:

Reese Witherspoon famously named her boy Tennessee, in honor of being from there.

Vintage names:

Thanks to the “Mad Men” craze, vintage names from that era (in other words, names given in the 1920s, '30s and '40s) are on the rise. Nameberry predicted there will be a new generation of kids with names like Hank, Hal, Ray, Fay, Millie, Monty and Louis.

Ethnic names will probably rise, Scandinavian specifically:

Latin names may have been a dominant ethnic trend in the past, but there’s been a rise in Scandinavian baby names like Stellan, Viggo, Liv, Kai, Mangus, Axel, and even names likes Freya, Linnea, Astrid, Soren, Leif and Lars.

Double "L" names:

Pretty names like Lily, Lila, Lola, Leila, and Layla have been in vogue for a few years, but considering their femininity and beauty they should be popular for a little while longer.

Botanically inspired:

The hottest botanical names currently are Clover and Poppy. But herbal names like Rue, Primrose and Katniss are on the rise thanks to Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” books.  

Names inspired by the North:

Normally when babies are named after the seasons it’s something warm and comforting like Summer. But this year it’s chic to name your child after cold weather. Winter is actually becoming a more popular name than Summer and Autumn, with March and January gaining popularity over May and June. The names Frost and Snow are becoming more common, odd as it may sound.

Consonant of the moment: W:

The popularity of the name William might have something to do with the dashing young prince across the pond. For boys and girls there has been a sudden rise in W names. Popular W boys names are: West, Weston, Wesley, Warren, Walker, Walter, Winston, Wilson, Wilder, Wylie and Wyatt. For girls: Wila, Willow, Winter, Winnie and Waverly. Even Wilhelmina is making a comeback.  

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