Baby names may “trend” now more than ever

Baby names may trend now more than ever

Paris Morgan, Staff Writer

Naming your child may be one of the hardest decisions that you may have to make in life. The names should be well thought out, because it is going to stick with that person for the rest of their lives.  According to, the top female name of 2012 is Sophia and the top male name is Aiden. Having said that, it seems that names have gotten more unique, some that is border line outrageous.

In 1880, popular baby names included: Mary, Anna, Emma, John, William, and James. In 1980, more popular names included: Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda, Michael, Christopher and Matthew. While those have lasted a long time, some different names have started turning heads.  On Saturday, November 24, 2012, a young couple desired to give their daughter an original name. They took it so far as to name their baby after the Twitter symbol, #, so they named her Hashtag.

There were a few questions that were asked to baby Hashtag’s mother. “Will your baby’s nick name be Hash or Tag? Or just #? Will she only be able to speak in 140- character phrases?” (Due to the fact that a tweet cannot exceed 140 characters) Hashtag’s mother announced her birth on Facebook. The biggest question that arose was “If you love Twitter so much, why did you post the announcement on Facebook?” Time will tell if this name will “trend” or not.

Some other “unique” names included: baby Google, who was born in Sweden in 2005, baby Like was born in Israel in 2007, and baby Facebook was born in Egypt in 2011.

There are a few things to keep in mind while trying to choose a name for a human being. The first thing to think about is its sound and compatibility. How does your baby’s name sound when it is said by someone?  Does it go well with its last name? Combining a first name that ends with a vowel and a last name that begins with a vowel usually doesn’t flow together (Eva Anderson). Please resist puns: a name like Holly Wood. The second thing that should be taken into consideration is the meaning of the name. Baby Sophia may be excited to learn that her name means wisdom. On the other hand baby Cameron may not be as excited to find out that his/her name means bent nose. Lastly, the initials and potential nicknames have to be considered while choosing a baby name. People, especially kids, can be really cruel when giving nicknames. One should anticipate any potential nicknames that can be given. A child with the name Zachary Isaiah Thomas, may get teased on the playground because of his initials.

In the end, when everything is said and done, there will be a new life that is being brought into this world. The only thing that matters is that you and your partner both agree on the same name, even if the baby’s name is Hashtag!