A rose is a rose is a rose

whats-in-a-namewsJanuary 18, 2013 – The wait is finally over.

Parenting.com just released the most searched for baby names in 2012, and that list gives us a good indication of what trends will be popular this year.

Those trends may surprise you. It looks like old is new again, with grandmother and grandfather names back in fashion, which is a little odd, but a refreshing change from the celebrities who name their children after random words such as Story, Apple, Audio and Pilot.

Top 10 searched baby girl names
Isabella
Millie
Sookie
Ann
Ella
Betty
Emma
Eithne
Charlotte

I’m surprised to see Millie, Ann (not used as a middle name) and Betty on this list, but it does show the grandmotherly trend is back. Just as long as other grandmother classics, like Ethel and Madge stay off the list, I think we’ll be ok. Not that there’s anything wrong with those names if you’re of a certain age; it’s just difficult to think of a baby as an Ethel.

Top 10 searched baby boy names
Jacob
Max
Liam
Ted
Mo
Aiden
Andy
Bertie
Ned
Gus

Still, it’s the boy’s names that surprise me more. With names like Mo, Bertie, Ned and Gus, I feel like I’m watching an old movie. Mo? Really? It may be the perfect name for the guy who fixes your washing machine, but not for your baby boy.

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4 thoughts on “A rose is a rose is a rose

  1. How funny. It does make you wonder what some parent’s are thinking when they choose names for their children. I still remember my husband wanting to name our daughter April. Whew — escaped that one.

    • Names are so important, aren’t they? Can you imagine a future CEO with a name like Diva or Moxie? Who oculd take that seriously. Unfortunately girls get more bad names than boys…

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