It seems parents are increasingly creative when it comes to naming their newborns. Belly Ballot, the new social startup where parents choose their favorite names and invite friends and family to vote via Facebook and Twitter, shares predictions for baby name trends this year.
Tech Inspired One the heels of baby Hashtag, expect the tech trend to continue. Think Tweet, Android and Kindle. In our technology-crazed world, people are translating this influence to the most intimate aspects of their lives, including naming their little ones. Here comes little iMac.
Many Multiples As the pressure to be clever (or to satisfy all the grandparents) mounts in baby naming, parents are no longer limiting themselves to simply a first and middle name, but are including as many names as they like. Think Uma Thurman's baby daughter: Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson.
Back to the Future Like just about everything, baby names are going full circle. Our grandparents' and great-grandparents' names are making a strong comeback. Drew Barrymore followed this trend recently, naming her daughter Olive. Expect to encounter other old-time-classic names like Pearl, Florence, Nellie, Eleanor, Roy, Charles, Frank and Albert. Baby Bertha is just so cute, right?
Surnames for First Names While this is not an entirely new trend, many babies this year will be labeled with a family last name like Hayes, Townes, Brick, Drake, Fletcher, Sutton and Copeland.
Crazy Spellings Parents still like traditional names, but they're putting their own original spin on them with creative spellings. Jaxon and Jaxen have become very popular. Other examples include Avah, Xakery, Josilyn and Braedyn. The possibilities are endless. And quite scary.
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