Motherhood Monday

Motherhood Monday: What’s in a Baby’s Name? How did you decide?

How important is your baby’s name? Very very important! At least to me. Sometimes it’s a no brainer if you have a son because many boys are names after their father. When I was pregnant with my son and I would tell people what the name would be – they would immediately say, “Oh that must be his dad’s name!” I guess I could never choose to name my son Earl on my own! Although, they were right. I wouldn’t have chosen that name for my son, but now I couldn’t see my son as anything other than Earl. Also I looked up the meaning of Earl – noble, warrior. And every Earl I know (besides DMX (rapper) – lol!) is an upstanding great guy!

Here are the fastest-rising baby names 2011-2012
I will tell you a secret….. the baby name I have chosen for this baby I am carrying is on this post!! Can you guess?

Girl names sure to sky-rocket:

  • Amelia
  • Charlotte/Charley (sure to be a Top 10 soon)
  • Scarlett
  • Harper (the fastest-rising girl name in the Top 100)
  • Penelope (especially now that a certain Kardashian, possibly responsible for the “Mason” boom, named her daughter Penelope. Sigh.)
  • Adele
  • Estelle/Stella
  • Briella/Brielle (the fastest-rising girl name of 2011)
  • Mila (another name that skyrocketed last year — presumably because of a Ms. Kunis)
  • Aubrey/Aubree
  • Molly
  • Violet
  • Lucy
More girl names on the rise: Isla and other short -ah ending names: Aria, Luna, Cora, Eva, Nora, and Clara (in the tradition of Emma, Olivia, and Ava).
  • Elsie, Elise, Eliza and Eloise (the new El- names?)
  • Ivy
  • June
  • Juniper
  • Olive
  • Names ending in -lyn or -lynn (Evelyn, Raelynn, Emmalynn, Addilynn, etc.). This is a huge trend.
  • Names ending in -anna (Audrianna, Lilliana, Aviana, etc.)
  • Alice
  • Bryn
  • Harlow
  • Kinsley/Kinley/Kensley
  • Vera
  • Ember and other “Em-” names like Emery and Emerson
  • Milania
  • Bristol
  • Kennedy
Boy names sure to sky-rocket:
  • Brantley (the fastest-rising boy name in 2011)
  • Jackson and all of its alternative spellings: Jaxon, Jaxen, Jaxon
  • Declan (the next Aiden?)
  • Grayson/Greyson
  • Elijah (already ranks in the Top 20, but it’s steadily climbing to the top along with Liam)
  • Levi
  • Henry
  • Oliver
  • Isaiah
  • Asher
  • Silas/Sylas
  • Milo
  • Wyatt
More boy names on the rise:
  • Iker (the fastest-rising boy name of 2011)
  • Raylan/Rylen
  • Maximiliano
  • More “X” names: Felix, Axel, Jax, Rex, Dexter, Dax, and Lennox.
  • Harvey (It’s still in the 800s here in the States, but it just entered the U.S. Top 1,000 last year after the name ranked in England’s Top 50. The next name import?)
  • Flynn
  • Jasper
  • Atticus
  • Abram
  • Abel
  • Cato and other “-O” ending names: Arlo, Hugo, Theo, and Nico
  • Kayson
  • Archer
  • Kingston
  • Surnames (in addition to Jackson): Hayes, Parker, Lennox, Sullivan, and Edison.
  • Zeiden

I will tell you a secret….. the baby name I have chosen for this baby I am carrying is on this post!! Can you guess?



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  • Joyce Brewer
    November 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Baby names are tough. I’m glad my son doesn’t have one that’s on the list and he’s a junior.
    If, and I mean big IF, I had a daughter I wouldn’t pick a popular name.
    When they get into school it’s tough and they don’t stand out.

    • Bernetta
      November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I so agree about the standing out. Both my childrens names weren’t chosen because of popularity. And for this one, I just happened to see it on the list. But even though it’s on the list, I still haven’t met many with the name – so that’s a good thing.

  • MushyMamma(Daphne)
    November 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I think you have choosen either Kingston or Kinsley

    • Bernetta
      November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      I actually know a Kingston!! But nope to Kingston, Kinsle, & Breielle!! What’s funny is my friend is due on the same date as I am and she is naming her daughter Brielle.

  • MushyMamma(Daphne)
    November 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Or maybe Brielle

  • Shatavia
    November 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    If I had to guess, I would say Harper or Juniper (only because their my personal favorites). If its a boy then I would guess Jaxon.

  • kita
    November 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Mila/Milania for a girl and if it’s a boy Zeiden or Abram

  • G K
    November 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    New to your blog thanks to a linky from Mimi!

    Ahhh, the baby names give me baby fever! Like you, if my next one is a boy, there’s no baby name to choose.

    But if I have another girl…sooo many to choose from! Fun, fun!

    Now, I don’t know you or your personality, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you plan to name your baby girl Estelle/Stella or your baby boy Kayson. Tell me I’m right! 🙂

  • Katherine Phillips
    November 30, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I can’t wait to find out the name. We wanted our kida to have unique names too. When we named them we didn’t know anyone with their names now I know two people who named their kids the same name as my kids. One of them is family.