Baby name trends for 2012: Adjectives are in

Nadine Bells
Shine from Yahoo! Canada
November 24, 2011

Nouns are out, and adjectives are in. At least that’s what Nameberry’s baby-name predictions for next year are implying.

If you’re expecting a baby in 2012, check out the naming trends below. Then it’s up to you: conform to what’s in, or go against trends.

Just please don’t name your kid Number 16 Bus Shelter. Baby-naming remorse is a very real, serious thing.

2012 Baby Name Trend: Adjectives

We’ve had “noun” babies: Brooklyn, Paris and Apple. Now it’s time for the adjectives: Sunny, True, Happy, Brave, Loving, Golden and Royal.

"The adjective is an expansion of the word name thing. People are pushing it in lots of different directions," Nameberry’s Pamela Satran told MailOnline.

[Related: 10 illegal baby names]


2012 Baby Name Trend: Fierce

Alicia Silverstone embraced two up-and-coming trends with a fierce/adjective combo for her son, Bear Blu.

Expect to have frightening-sounding little boys on the playground in a few years:

“There are fierce animal names such as Bear, Fox, Wolf, Falcon, Hawk and Lionel, and then there are the perhaps-even-fiercer names like Breaker, Ranger and Wilder,” the Toronto Star reports.

“Adventurous new macho names — aggressive and macho, but not traditional names, are gaining popularity,“ says Satran.

“They take these almost retrograde male qualities but make them something new. Macho in a renegade way.”

2012 Baby Name Trend: Modern Heroes

Mariah Carey named her daughter Monroe. An upcoming film adaptation will likely inspire a plethora of baby Gatsbys. Atticus is ready for a boom.

[See also: Lucifer banned from New Zealand]


2012 Baby Name Trends: Directions — Mostly West

The compass will dictate some names next year: North, South, East, Easton, West, Weston, Wesley. Cowboy-inspired names will also be strong. TODAYMoms lists Boone, Bo, Wyatt, Wylie, Cole, Colt, Zane, Shane, and Maverick as examples.

Check out the other baby-name trends — like Betty’s comeback and names starting with As and Ms — at Nameberry.

Parents, how did you decide what to name your young ones?

More from Shine on Yahoo! Canada

3 things you never knew about parenting

Parents who hate parenting

What's in a celebrity baby name?

What to Read Next

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 3.25% (3.405% APR) 30 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Hilton HHonors™ Card

Apply Today! Earn 50,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points. Terms Apply.

"What My Name Returned Made Me Gasp" (Do This Now)

Forget 'Googling' Your Name.. this site leaves NO stone unturned. Just type in a Name and select a State.. Then brace yourself for what you might find

20 Must-Have Mobile Accessories

From fun to practical to absolutely necessary, check out these mobile accessories that'll make your mobile life so much better.

What On Earth Happened To Marsha Brady!?

These Stars Look Absolutely Nothing Like Before...