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?

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