Posts Tagged ‘baby names’

Where’d You Get that Name?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

At Carousel Designs, we like making baby bedding … what’s not to love?  It’s fun, beautiful, and we get a chance to be involved in a very joyous time in someone’s life. In fact, judging from the number of babies born (within the Carousel Designs family) in the past year, we like having babies, or at least we love the end product.

Among some of the baby names we have personally selected for our new additions (Hank, Sarah, Margaret, to name a few) you could also say we like traditional names.

So, is this an isolated preference for traditional names for an independent, US owned textile company? Or is this a larger scale trend signaling a shift back to more traditional names?

Well, I did a little research, and there are quite a few influences for the top names for 2011, I’ll start with one that seems to hold true to our name selections:

  • 100-year rule. This rule states that it takes a century for most names to come back into fashion – here are the 100 Most Popular Names of the 1910s.
  • British Invasion. Thanks to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we see the trend of classic English and Irish names popular in 2010 continuing in 2011.  William, or Liam, Kate or Catherine … many variations of classic English and Irish names.
  • Girly girls. Ultra feminine names for girls such as Charlotte, Grace, Emma, Olivia, Ella and Ava.
  • Unisex names. Riley, Rory (perhaps even more popular after Rory McIlroy won the US Open), Jayden, and Avery, all top the list for boys and girls.
  • Classic names. Although there are a still a number of unique names, classic names such as Jacob, Olivia, and Sophia haven’t lost their appeal.
  • Oldies but goodies.  When looking to the past for inspiration, many have brought back “Grandma/Grandpa Names that are Cool Again” … Max, Millie, Walt, and Sophie to name a few.
  • Cool, slightly trendy boys names. Perhaps names inspired by family (or someone’s family) … Connor, Logan, Dylan, and Mason are all gaining popularity.

Traditional, original, classic, trendy.  You have a lot of options and a big decision to make.  Choosing a name for your new baby can be a painstaking process, but ultimately, if you find a name you like, go with it.  Who knows, you may even inspire the next popular name.  Have fun with it, and I’m sure whatever name you decide on, your little one will make it his or her own.




Finding Unique Baby Names

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

If you’re the kind of person who thinks about baby names at the most random times, then you can appreciate my mini obsession. I am a sucker for unique baby names, and will get inspiration from the most unlikely of sources. For example, a globe.

I scan the world’s countries and cities looking for potential baby names. I’ve come up with quite a few good ones…. Cairo is one of my favorites. Also topping the list is Parma (city in Italy) and Celaya (city in Mexico).

I do believe that map-scanning is a great way to find a baby name. However, it’s important not to get carried away. It would be quite unfortunate for a baby to end up with a food-sounding name like Chile, Turkey or Hungary. There are thousands of cities and countries that have no business in a baby book. Keep it unique, but not odd!

Some popular baby name websites that might be able to help are:, the social security administration, yeah baby and baby zone.