Popular baby names

A new cultural phenomenon of celebrity-inspired names

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The year 2011 saw a change in the trend for baby names. 2010 was marked by babies holding very traditional names such as Olivia and Jack, but this year people seem to be searching for unusual names, and celebrity choices are setting the standard.

After monitoring the baby names chosen by their readers, Nameberry.com recently reported that the most popular names for 2011 include Pippa for girls and Asher for boys.

The occasion of the Royal Wedding was a clear influence for the popularity of the name Pippa, after Kate Middleton’s sister. The Hebrew name Asher holds biblical significance meaning ‘fortunate’ or ‘blessed’ and now tops the list knocking Henry from its position as most popular.

Other top ranked names include Elula, the name chosen by celebrity couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen for their second daughter, and Flynn, the same name Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom chose for their recently born son.

Nameberry.com predicts popular names for this year will also include Hadley, Mila, Adele and Luna for girls, and Everett, Arlo, and Archer for boys.

Celebrity-inspired baby names are taking over, but there are some choices that will hopefully not permeate the mainstream.

Some of the most renowned celebrity baby name flops include Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin who named their daughter Apple. Nicholas Cage named his son Kal-El after Superman, My Name is Earl star Jason Lee named his son Pilot Inspektor, inspired by the band Grandaddy, and Sylvester Stallone notoriously named his daughter Sage Moonblood.  

For Nameberry.com’s full list: link.


Hazell, Kyrsty. (2011, August 24). The hottest baby name predictions for 2011 are.. Made for mums, Retrieved from http://www.madeformums.com/celebs/the-hottest-baby-name-predictions-for-2011-are/17437.html