India, Willow, Harper and More: The Biggest Naming Trends for 2011

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Sally Farhat Kassab on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:59PM

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a Sally Farhat Kassab on Jan 5, 2011 at 6:07PM

Later this year, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton will marry Prince William. Kate -- as we all know the queen-to-be -- will most certainly cause a resurgence of the names Kate, Katarina, Catalina… and all other variations there of. Plus, parents won’t ignore her middle name, which may also see a boost, says Amanda Barden, author of Baby Names Made Easy: The Complete Reverse Dictionary of Baby Names. Beth and Eliza are most likely to gain favor.  “History dictates: when a new royal hits the scene, their name gets a bump in popularity,” she says. “The name Diana got a boost after the 1981 royal wedding. According to Social Security, ‘Diana’ ranked #118 in 1980 and a year later it was #75 and by 1982, it ranked #64, for example.”

Don’t forget all variations of the name William, either, such as Will and Liam (the Irish version of the name). Or his dad, Prince Charles. Charlie is very trendy these days.

Trendy names: Kate, Catherine, Katarina, Catalina, Elizabeth, Will, Wilhelm, Liam, Edward, Isabella, Charles, Beth, Eliza, Charlie

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