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the mommyhood memos: the hottest baby names of 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

the hottest baby names of 2011

Ok, in actuality we’re talking about the hottest baby names of 2011 according to me. Yes, this is an opinion post – no research done here, folks! But aren’t you curious about what my faves are?

All of these are names I love that have not made our top five for either gender for one reason or another. Some of them Ryan has outright rejected, others one or both of us don’t like the nickname options, others we don’t like the actual meaning of, and others have different reasons for rejection all together. 

I won’t tell you all of our “no” reasoning for each name, because some of it is just personal or best kept to ourselves! But of course, I couldn’t resist making comments after a few of them. {JustCantHelpMyself.}

the hottest name of 2010: levi scott

Alright then, for what it's worth, here are some great suggestions (according to yours truly) that the Bookers won’t be using. So... {*wink, grin*} please help yourself:


Top 12 boys names (in no particular order):
  • Lucas or Luca
  • Jude
  • Samuel (Love the nickname “Sam” but it doesn’t work with the Australian pronunciation of our last name without sounding like Sambuca - a type of liqueur. We don’t want to be known as the “lush parents”.)
  • Max
  • Noah
  • Milo (In Australia that’s the well-known brand name of a hot chocolate-type drink. I’ve decided we will just have to get a dog and name him Milo instead, as I really am in love with that name!)
  • Asher
  • Dexter (I don’t want my kid being nicknamed Sexy Dex!)
  • Jack or Jaxon
  • Micah
  • Dylan
  • Silas


Top 12 girls names (in no particular):
  • Elianna
  • Alivia (I adore the nickname “Liv”, but Levi and Liv are just a little too similar.)
  • Charlotte (With the nickname “Charlie” – ohmygoodness, so cute!)
  • Lucy
  • Mira (In Australia people would think her name is “mirror” as the two are pronounced exactly the same.)
  • India
  • Grace (Such a timeless classic!)
  • Stella (Again, a little too alcohol-ish since this is the name of a popular Belgian beer.)
  • Sydney (I just wouldn’t ever use that one unless we actually lived outside of Australia.)
  • Isla
  • Dyllan (Yes, I like it for both genders, but with a slight variation of the spelling.)
  • Clara


For the record, we are still somewhat undecided on name options for baby number two. (We’re open for suggestions!) We are fairly certain we have a girl’s name nailed down, and less certain about a boy’s (although we have a few options left over from round one that we still really like and are seriously considering). But even when we do find out the gender and decide on a name… we will be keeping it under wraps until his/her birthday so that Ryan can have his “Lion King Moment” – sharing baby’s name with the world.

Oh, it’s exciting isn’t it?! What a huge deal it is to name our children… so very daunting, frustrating, difficult, fun, and exciting.

Dear friends, what are your favorite baby names at the moment? How did you choose your children’s names and did it stir up controversy or was it a simple and seamless process? Alternately, if you don’t want to give your gems away, what were your favorite baby names when you were a kid? (If I had babies when I was eight years old, I think my girls would have been named Jamie and Melody and my boys would have been Tyson and Mitchell. *smile* I was just crazy about those names. I still think they’re nice names… but they don’t even come close to making the top of my list anymore.)

loving the name game,








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At March 14, 2011 at 1:21 AM , Blogger Casey Martinez said...

I love all of your name picks. I have actually thought about naming our next daughter if we were to have one Liv like Liv Tyler. I think it is so beautiful! Asher was our top boy name pick for several years and then a good friend of mine used it as her boys middle name and I moved on. I like Zealand actually a lot and ZUma like Gwen's son. I think kind off the wall names...my poor children. I like zalea after the flower more or less. Lots of Z names! lol It is so special to pick our children's names!! They keep them forever (generally) and we get the honor of choosing. Exciting!

 
At March 14, 2011 at 2:16 AM , Blogger Ana said...

I love, love, LOVE Stella! I always have, but I think it will have to write a book and name a character Stella. Ty was too against the Street Car Named Desire, "STELLLLAAAAA!" moment.

I'll be honestly, the names Noah and Samuel annoy me, but Asher and Jude were in the running when we contemplated names for Phinneas. I'm a big fan of non-top-100 names for babes :) (My beyond favorite name for a boy was Elliott, but Ty nixed it right off the bat because that was the name of a boy in elementary school who slugged him-darn it)

With both our boys, we had that "ah-ha!" moment naming them. It was amazing because we just knew. Girls names, we had so many disagreements that it was just downright hilarious! :D Most involved, "We can't name a girl that because I knew a girl named that in high school..." Unfortunately, the name we chose for Phinneas (had he turned out to have a hamburger instead of a turtle, lol) is now incredibly popular--Harper.

I know you guys will choose the right name for the little person growing and developing right now. It's such an awesome task to complete :)

 
At March 14, 2011 at 3:35 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

Great names! Max & Jack were on our list when we were thinking of names for Bennett. I absolutely love the name Charlotte... that's my fave. Love Stella, too - but that name is extremely popular in the U.S. right now. (I'm picky with popularity! ha ha) I think whatever you choose, will be just perfect for your little bundle.

 
At March 14, 2011 at 7:04 AM , Blogger The Empress said...

If I had had a girl, I wanted "Pascal."

I love that name.

 
At March 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM , Blogger Laura said...

Charlotte is a very good choice, but I could be being biased LOL. I like it shortened as Lottie though. We also loved the name Luca for our little boy or Luke because hubby is a star wars fan. He wouldn't let me have Anakin though!

 
At March 14, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Laura said...

Love your post. I have been slightly obsessive over baby names since I was about 14. I used the site nameberry.com to get anonymous opinions on names and it has a blog and lots of resources. I find it fascinating! I blogged about it here http://storybookreality.blogspot.com/2010/05/baby-name-craze.html

last year when I was pregnant with our little guy.

His name is Nathan Stafford. Nathan because it means "given", a reminder that he is God's gift to us. Stafford b/c it is my Mom's maiden name and I think it is beautiful!

Can't wait to hear what you end up using!!

 
At March 14, 2011 at 9:41 AM , Blogger alison said...

i had a really hard time picking names for my kids because i wanted family names...but all of our family had names like "thelma" and "geraldine". so, we ended up with "hannah" for our oldest because my grandmother's maiden name was "hanus" which in polish translates into something close to "descendant of john" and "john" is my husband's first name. two birds...one stone ;) my son, his name "chandler" is my mother's maiden name and then middle name "austin" is my husband's middle name. and then "ava" was because i wanted her to have a palindrome like her big sister. her middle name "paulina" is after my grandmother "paula" and my mother-in-law "paula". i'm SO glad that we're done having kids because i've run out of usable options for names at this point!!!

 
At March 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger cooperl788 said...

It was quite a stir in my side of the family that we didn't find out the gender, and so (gasp!) couldn't call our baby by name until she was actually born! We named our daughter Georgia Frances. We both just loved the name Georgia, and Frances is my mom's name.
If we're ever blessed again to be able to have another, we'll use our boy name from before - James Cooper (James is Jeremy's dad, and Grandfather's name, and Cooper is my maiden name)or for a girl, Eleanor Janet (Janet is Jeremy's mom's name). God help us if we have twins and have to come up with another boy or girl name - those took ages to figure out!
It's hard to come up with the second name because you want to make sure it doesn't clash with your first name pick. Because we picked a more old fashioned name the first time, we wanted to pick another older name, but not one that was too popular.
I love all the names you have on your lists, and I LOVE that you're not revealing the gender or name until the big day. It's such a special moment for a dad to be able to call it out to the world. As we didn't find out beforehand, it was a beautiful moment when Jeremy yelled out, "It's a girl - Georgia!"
Okay, that was a novel! Anyway, great post!

 
At March 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Oooo...I love talking baby names!! I LOVE your lists!! Claire or Clara are my current favorites for a girl...simple, sweet and totally underused. I love Seth or Noah for a boy. When I was little I really loved the name Anne, and still do. I can't wait to hear what you decide!

 
At March 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Becca said...

Those are some great pics. We are in the middle of this debate right now. Our boy name is solid - Fisher Scott. Scott is Jed's middle name and his mom's (who passed in the fall) maiden name. Fisher is the last name of an incredible man of God who is one of our friends and a second dad/mentor to Jed. The girl situation is a little more complicated. Our favorites right now are Alice Rose, Lily Mae, and Violet ?. This probably means we'll have a girl and she'll be nameless for days. Oh well.

 
At March 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Becca said...

Not sure why I spelled picks without the k.

 
At March 14, 2011 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Jennie {Clover and Violet} said...

Yay for Silas making the list...even if you didn't pick it. We love our little Silas, though, I have to admit, it is sometimes discouraging how many people have never heard it or think we're weird (and I sure wish I'd have remembered it was the name of the villain in the DaVinci Code...not that it would have changed our mind, but it was a bit upsetting to have it pointed out!). Naming kids is such hard work. Have you considered Josiah for a boy?

 
At March 15, 2011 at 1:06 AM , Blogger Angel said...

I absolutely love Asher for a boy, that hovered at the top of my list right up until I found out I was having a girl. I also had Camden pretty close to the top. Girl names were SO much harder for me(I was positive I was having a boy, lol) Serenity Lorelai was on my list from the very beginning, I thought Haven was adorable, and Ryley. I think Dylan/Dyllan is super cute for a boy or a girl!! I honestly didn't decide for sure on her name until after she was born. Serenity just felt right. :-) I can't wait to find out what you guys pick!!

 
At March 15, 2011 at 3:25 AM , Blogger flyrish said...

Great names! Of course this all makes me so curious to know which names are in your top 5 for each gender. I like that you're waiting to share until the birthday, though. We're in the same boat.

I love Dylan for either gender, too. Also a fan of Lucy, Milo, Isla, and Noah. I've always loved Noelle, but I'm not sure if my husband is a fan. Also, does that baby have to be born around Christmas? Ha.

 
At March 15, 2011 at 4:45 AM , Blogger The Planet Pink said...

Ah names, such a fun topic! After we named our firstborn, we sorta stuck with our unintentional theme of "place" names. I do wish we had used Aspen. But other than that I'm happy with what we ended up with. If I were to do it all over again though, we might have gone in an entirely different direction. And of course we never got to name any boys.

 
At March 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Lacey said...

We had a hard time with boy names. It took us until the morning after Liams birth to decide. Now we are so happy with Liam Henry.
Ultimately it was the only name we agreed on. Others in the running were elias, aaron, luke, caleb, soren, calvin, miles.

I love girls names too and had so many! Evangeline=good news, Shiloh=peace, and two that are just pretty are Tallulah or Talia (Tallie or Lulu).

 
At March 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM , Blogger Alicia said...

We had a heck of a time picking a name for our baby. We also didn't know the gender before he was born so we had a list of about 6 boy names and 7 girl names when we got to the hospital. (It had taken us months to narrow them both down from about 60 names that we both liked and liked the meanings.) For about a month before my due date we both really liked the name Ilias. But once the labor began, my husband felt like the Lord was putting the name Simon on his heart. We ended up bringing our son home from the hospital without an official name as we "tried it out" for a few days to make sure we liked it for him. It stuck and it really suits him now. Plus the meaning is so fitting.

 

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