2014 Baby Name Predictions

Posted on Dec 21 2013 - 12:00pm by Aubrey


Belly Ballot says 5 baby name trends for the New Year say bye bye to the names Aiden and Jayden. After a banner year for outrageous names in 2013, Belly Ballot is forecasting some shocking naming trends for 2014, that will push the boundaries of what was previously considered, “normal.” Vogue sounding names ending with -den, such as Brayden, Jayden, Aiden, etc… along with the popularity of the “X” in names like Axl and Xander are on the way out. And, as parents strive to distinguish their children from peers, social baby naming website, Belly Ballot is predicting some surprising New Year’s trends, based on naming data from over 3,500 parents, along with 25,000 votes from their friends and family… the site has released the following predictions for the 2014 New Year:

Unconventional Spellings
Unusual, and borderline eccentric spellings have become the simplest way to become distinctive. The names are still traditional in their pronunciation, yet extremely unique in their spellings. Rules of grammar and morphology aside, this is a perfect fusion for parents who don’t want to stand out, but still want to give their child a name with a modern twist. As a way of breaking from stereotype, parents choose Izak, Karder, Riyan, Kooper, Mykel, Emhily, BrookeLynn, or Meeya.

It’s All about Show Business
Every year there are new TV shows, movie blockbusters, and celebrity babies that serve as inspiration for parents when choosing a name for their child. We saw it when Twilight Saga’s Isabella became the most popular feminine given name in the US a few years ago, when Aria from Pretty Little Liars skyrocketed from absolute zero popularity to one of the most favorite, and when Addison switched its usage from a boy to a girl thanks to the attractive and intelligent Dr. Addison Montgomery on Private Practice. 2014 favorites will be Hayley and Camille from vampire craze The Originals, Piper from Orange Is the New Black, Ichabod and Katrina from a new TV series Sleepy Hollow. As for celebrity babies, odds are in favor of Milan (Shakira’s baby boy), Lincoln (Kristen Bell’s son), Everly (daughter of Channing Tatum) or Autumn (Jennifer Love Hewitt’s newborn).  http://babynames.net/list/rockstar-names

Hispanic is Caliente
Hispanic names are more and more popular, and not only with the Latino parents. With the rise in Latino community in the United States, increasing number of White couples are giving their children Hispanic names. The main reason seems to be the expectation that their children will assimilate more easily in the society, where Latino culture might prevail later on in their lives. They might not appear among the first 10 most popular names in the US, but there’s no doubt their popularity will expand within the next decade. Hence names such as Lola, Maria, Carmen, Sierra, Ernesto, Diego, Santos, Miguel, or Luis are likely to soar.

Return to the Bible
Who wouldn’t like to go back to old traditions at some point? After a few years of innovations and experimenting, parents are restoring old customs to regain the essence of religious values – welcome Isaac and Naomi! Biblical names are nothing new under the sun. Names like Jacob, Michael, or Noah have been scoring the highest popularity ranks for years, but the surge of others, previously less frequent Biblical names is about to hit in 2014: Caleb, Levi, Luke, Isaiah, Naomi, Shiloh, or Judith. http://babynames.net/list/biblical-names

Mythological Names
The trend of going back to Biblical names is complemented by parents going even further in history, choosing names from Ancient Mythology. One of the greatest perks of these names is the fact that despite being ‘ancient’, they have that mystique and exotic uniqueness parents often seek Luna, Camilla, Gaia, Tristan, Damon, or Thor. http://babynames.net/list/heroic-names