Top baby name trends for 2013

Why weather, the gods, and vintage names, are set to be hot for the new year


The name game

After another year of bonkers celebrity baby names, it seems the trend for unusual names is set to carry on into the New Year.


According to US name analysts, baby names across the globe for 2013 will reportedly be inspired by climate change, weather, ancient mythology, and lots of other weird and wonderful factors.

Authors Pamela Redmond Staran and Linda Rosenkrantz, who have written ten bestselling books on baby name trends over the past 25 years, have revealed their forecasts for what will be inspiring you in the coming year.


Old school’s cool

It’s back to the old school, as baby names go vintage! The authors revealed that the last wave of grandma and grandpa nickname names – Annie and Molly, Ben and Max – will give way to vintage nicknames from the Mad Men era, with this being the most fashionable choice for boys. The New Year is set to see a whole new generation of kids with names like Hank, Hal, Ray, Fay, Millie and Monty.


Crazy climates

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Pamela and Linda predict weather will be a big influence. They revealed an increase in the use of ‘S’ names is statistically more likely, as was the case for ‘K’ names after Hurricane Katrina. Along with people simply naming their children Storm, there will also be a rise in names that sound like Sandy, such as Alessandra, Cassandra, and Sander.


Ancient influences

Ancient Roman and Greek names are set to be hot, fuelled by the success of The Hunger Games trilogy, HBO’s TV series Rome and The Avengers film, which features the character Thor. Plus, the Christmas film release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, features a strong lead character called Thorin, which is bound to make more people aware of the name.

“We predict that names of old world gods and goddesses, mythological heroes and leaders, will dominate birth announcements,” said Pamela and Linda.

“Choices we’ll be hearing more of include Augustus and Atticus, Persephone and Athena, Juno and Julius, Thor and Maeve.”

“The appeal transcends the pop culture influence: These names are as powerful as they are deep, arming a child to triumph over earthly challenges (the parents hope).”

In 2012 we’ve already seen the rise of celebrity baby names influenced by the ancient world. Kourtney Kardashian, who gave birth to her second child earlier this year, named her daughter Penelope, which is well known in Greek mythology.

Mum-to-be Peaches Geldof, who’s expecting baby number two, announced she’s already chosen the name Pheadra for the newest member of her clan, which is of ancient Greek origin.


Middle name mania

The trend for “non-name middle names” is allegedly set to really take off. Celeb mums who’ve already jumped on the non-name middle name bandwaggon include Victoria Beckham who famously named her daughter Harper Seven, Beyonce who called her daughter Blue Ivy, and actress Selma Blair’s son Arthur whose middle name is Saint.

“Using a word, any word with personal significance, as a middle name takes the trend toward using an adventurous and meaningful name in the middle to new heights of quirkiness and creativity,” explains Pamela and Linda.


Names go norse

Parents are reportedly looking to norse names for influence next year, with Scandinavian names predicted to have their moment. Thanks to author Stieg Larsson, people are naming their children Stellan, Viggo and Liv, or Kai, Magnus and Axel. Other popular choices include Freya, Linnea, Signy, Astrid, Soren, Leif, and Lars.


Techno is trendy

With the rise in tablets and smart phones, technology is being embraced by all ages, and experts predict that this will also filter through to baby name choices. The name Apple is already up 15% for girls, while Mac is up 12%, and Siri, the name of Apple’s talking personal assistant, jumped 5% on the girls list.


What do you make of the hottest baby name trends for 2013?

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