Most Popular Baby Names of 2011, So Far

by | July 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM | General

Christmas in July just passed and left us a little present—the hottest baby names of the first half of the year, led by one very famous royal sister and movie star on the rise.

After analyzing over 23 million page views since January, Nameberry.com, the unique baby name guide by the world’s leading experts, released their list of Hottest Names of 2011.

Drum roll please…

No. 1 Girl Name
Pippa
: This year’s Royal Wedding may have given us a great new couple, but it also introduced us to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa and it seems Brits and Americans alike can’t get enough of the 27-year-old. Her name – both Pippa and the more formal Philippa – is the hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry.com. “Pippa ranks 35 on our most-searched list so far this year and did not appear at all among the 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010,” reports Nameberry.com.

No. 1 Boy Name
Asher
: Say goodbye to Henry and hello to Asher, the newly crowned hottest name for little boys.

Other Popular Names
Elula
(girl): The name Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) and wife Isla Fisher gave their second daughter wasn’t even in the Nameberry.com database last year and this year it’s been the 38th most-searched name.

Everett (boy): This one climbed up 50 places on our most-searched list. This is believed to be due to searches for similar girls’ names Eva and Evelyn.

Hadley (girl): Nameberry.com credits the 50-spot spike in popularity of the name Hadley to the success of the novel “The Paris Wife,” written about Ernest Hemingway from the point of view of his first wife, Hadley Richardson.

Arlo (boy): American folk singer Arlo Guthrie was born in 1947 and over 60 years later his name is piquing more interest than ever. There seems to be a trend with boys’ names ending in “o” because Nico, Hugo, Otto are gaining momentum.

Mila (girl): This one is a gimme. After Mila Kunis’ highly-praised part in “Black Swan” and her new romantic comedy with Justin Timberlake, “Friends with Benefits,” it’s not surprising that her name is one of the most searched on the site.

Flynn (boy): Actor Orland Bloom and Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr skipped over the already popular name Finn for their son and went with something a little different—Flynn. Nameberry.com attributes the name to old Hollywood nostalgia for Australian actor Errol Flynn, but Bloom and Kerr chose it to pay homage to his late grandmother Evelyn.

Ada, Adele, Adeline and Adelaide (girl): These “Ad” names are the new Ava. Could they be inspired by British singing sensations Adele and her nine weeks at the top of the Billboard 200?

Archer (boy): It’s unclear whether this choice comes from literature (think Portrait of a Lady and Age of Innocence), the adult animated series on FX or Hollywood couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett’s son (Archie), but one thing is for sure—there’s bound to be an Archer in your kid’s classroom one day.

Luna (girl): It was rumored that Victoria and David Beckham were leaning towards this spacey name for their little girl before deciding on Harper. Luna Lovegood also happens to be a much-loved “Harry Potter” character.

Speaking of “Harry Potter,” what are the chances that Harry, Hermione and Ron creep on to the final list by the end of the year? Maybe Draco will even make the cut. Stranger names have been given!

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