LexPicking a baby name is one of the best perks of parenthood. Sure, we agonize over the decision and can spend weeks and months debating the choices, but it really is a great joy. Will he really look like a "Caleb" when he grows up? What if "Francesca" doesn't fit her personality? Is "Callum" too unusual? Are there already too many "Michelle"s out there?

Of course what really matters is how much you love the name -- after all, you are the one who will be blamed if he or she hates it. Well, if you are in the midst of deciding what to call your little one, you might want to consider Nameberry.com's list of the 13 hottest baby names of 2013 -- the first quarter of it, anyway. You will definitely be surprised and inspired.

Let me just say, I was shocked by this list. Gone is the era when Susie and Sarah reigned supreme. These days, it seems parents are going for more unique monikers. Take a look:

  1. Marnie
  2. Marlowe
  3. Nelly
  4. Mavis
  5. Thor
  6. Severine
  7. Bruce
  8. Wilder
  9. Phaedra
  10. Mingus
  11. Linnea
  12. Finnegan
  13. Christian

Thor? Really? I certainly didn't expect that one. Perhaps there are just a lot of Avengers fans out there. And what's up with Phaedra? Is that a shout-out to The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Sparks? Actually, just about all of these names can be found in pop culture references. Christian = Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey fame. Mavis is the animated heroine in Hotel Transylvania voiced by Selena Gomez. Isn't that tall, goofy yet hot singer on Glee named Finn? Though, I am doubtful "Hot in Herre" rapper Nelly or Die Hard star Bruce Willis inspired a lot of parents. But who knows. I actually like this list a lot. All of these names have character and are very memorable. My favorites are Marlowe and Wilder. Very cool, don't you think?

Which of these "hot names" do you love?

 

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