Top trends for 2013 baby names revealed

How the weather, Greek gods, and mythical heroes are set to inspire baby names next year


After another year of bonkers celebrity baby names, it seems like the trend for unusual names isn’t about to slow down.


According to US name analysts baby name trends across the globe for 2013 will reportedly be inspired by climate change, weather and ancient mythology and gods.

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 baby names in the coming year, reports The Australian.

The authors predict weather will be a big influence in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, as they revealed that 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.

Another trend they highlighted is the use of ancient Roman and Greek names, 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 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,” the authors said.

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

“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).”

Celebrities often make unusual baby name choices, and we’ve already seen celebrity baby names influenced by the ancient world this year. Kourtney Kardashian, who gave birth to her second child earlier this year, named her daughter Penelope, which is well known in Greek mythology. Pregnant Peaches Geldof, who’s expecting baby number two, announced that she’s already chosen the name Pheadra, which is of ancient Greek origin, for the new addition to her family.

The authors also revealed that the trend for “non-name middle names” won’t be slowing down anytime soon. 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 named her daughter Blue Ivy, and Selma Blair‘s son Arthur whose middle name is Saint.

What do you think of the predictions? Do you think we’ll be seeing Storm, Thor and and Juno at nursery? And, do you think non-name middle names will really take off?


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