Baby Name Trends of 2011: Were We Right?

Remember back in January when we told you that names like India, Harper and Willow would be huge this year? Well, it didn't take long for that prediction to come true: Harper of course, is the newest baby Beckham, while Willow is Pink's little bundle of joy. Since it's only August and we're already two out of three (not to brag or anything) we decided to check up on the rest of the trends we predicted. And guess what? Those are pretty right on, too:

Royal names
: We thought Kate and Will would be the showstoppers in this royal trend, but of course, lovely Pippa has been the real story here, edging out her sister Kate by a landslide. “Her name -- both the familiar Pippa and the more formal Philippa -- is the Number one hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry,” says Nameberry cofounder Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Baby Name Bible. Pippa didn’t even show up on their 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010. The name Kate has increased, but nowhere near Pippa.
 
Literary names: Literary names continue to be popular, highlighted recently by Victoria and David Beckham's pick: Harper. “Literary baby names are hot right now, especially when they’re not too literary: Think Holden, Atticus, and yes, Harper,” Satran said. 

Willow: Okay, so maybe not all of Sarah Palin's kids' named surged in popularity, but this one did. Singer Pink just named her daughter Willow Sage, so we’re destined to see more of this beautiful name. Pink told People that she chose Willow after her favorite tree, and Sage because it’s “cleansing and sacred.”

Strong vowels such as A: Our earlier report called names that have strong vowels, including A. Nameberry experts say: Just add a “d.” “Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide: If it’s a vintage girls’ name that starts with Ad-, it can’t miss this year, it seems.  All these choices are leapfrogging up the Nameberry list, taking over where too-trendy cousins Ava and Addison left off.”

Biblical Boys Names: Lesser-known Biblical names are still super popular: “The soft, Biblical Asher takes the Hottest Boys’ Name spot by virtue of having unseated Henry as the all-time Number One name for boys on Nameberry.  For the first time ever, Asher has pulled ahead to become Number One.”

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