Name Trends: What's New and What's Next

Meaning Names
If you want a name that's brand new but still carries meaning, the most direct place to look is your dictionary. Thousands of parents are taking a word or place name with a positive connotation and bestowing it on a child. It's like a name and a dream in one. (The romanticism of the names has made them far more popular for girls than boys.) At their best, these names are alive with energy. At their worst, they pigeonhole a child with narrow or unrealistic expectations. If you're browsing your own dictionary, look for choices flexible enough to inspire your child toward a wide world of different dreams.

Fashion Favorites
Girls: Destiny, Trinity, Autumn, Sierra
Boys: Chance, Zion, Justice, Dakota

Fresh Options
Girls: Amity, Lark, Mercy, Arcadia
Boys: Price, Canyon, Merit, Everest

Kay-lees The ultimate in individuality, of course, is to invent a whole new name. Each year, more and more parents tweak sounds and spellings for a custom-crafted product. Even these names, though, make up a distinct style. The sounds that name inventors favor are remarkably consistent: Vigorous starts, long, bright vowels, and smooth endings. Almost any permutation of the top sounds gives you a hit name '- Jaden-Kayden-Kayla-Kailey-Jaelyn. If you love these sounds but want deeper roots, promising options include the Irish name Keelin for girls and the Sioux classic Chayton for boys. But if you enjoy mix-and-match creativity, just grab some Scrabble tiles and design your own name, or use the pre-fab building blocks below.

Fashion Favorites:
Girls: Kayla, Jayla, Makayla, Kylie
Boys: Jayden, Jalen, Brayden, Cayden

Do-It-Yourself Fresh Options:

Am ber a
Ay d ah
Bai k ee
Bry kay eigh
Cay l en
Hay n er
Ja r in
Jay s lin
Ka t ly
Kay   on
Ky   y
La   yn

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