Where’d You Get that Name?

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.