The 'Hottest Baby Names of 2011' Are Shocking

If you thought you already knew what the hottest baby names of 2011 were, you might want to think again. Isabella? Aidan? Those are old news. Nameberry has released an analysis and made their predictions for the new hot names. And they may surprise you.

The new list is based on data compiled from
23 million page views on Nameberry in the past few months. The names that have received the most views are the ones that will trend, according to their predictions.

Gone are the Emmas and the Aidans and the Isabellas. In their place are these:


Girl names:

Pippa - Obviously, this stems from the worldwide obsession with Pippa Middleton. Her nickname Pippa and the full version -- Philippa -- have become the #1 hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry. It's too bad because I kind of loved this name, but I don't love it if it will be the new Isabella. 

Luna - Apparently this name was made popular by the Beckhams who ultimately chose Harper for their daughter. It's really pretty, though. If we have a third, I would consider it. 

Hadley - The name of Ernest Hemingway's first wife -- Hadley Richardson -- is up 50 spots thanks to a book that features her. 

Elula - Huh? I had never heard this name for a child until five minutes ago, but Elula is the Hebrew calendar name Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen gave to their second daughter. It's the 38th most-searched name on Nameberry.

Mila - We have Mila Kunis to thank for this one. Nameberry says it's up nearly 40 places this year.

Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide - Pretty vintage girls' names are all the rage, some of which might be thanks to singer Adele and her popularity.

Boy names:

Everett - Everett is up 50 places on Nameberry's most-searched list, because of popular female choices like Eva and Evelyn. 

Asher - This was my first choice for my son in 2008. My husband disagreed and I guess I am glad now since it seems to be trending. The name is biblical and overtook Henry as the all-time #1 name for boys on Nameberry. Henry is my son's middle name because it had become too popular (we had planned it as his first name). 

Arlo - I love, love, love this name. It's trending along with Nico, Hugo, and Otto, all three of which I love.  

Flynn - Tell me this is NOT because of Tangled, please?! 

Archer - Nameberry thinks this name is popular because of literature, but my guess is it's actually because of Private Practice. Archer is Addison's crazy brother.

Do you like any of these names?

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