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Hottest Baby Names of 2011

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Naming a baby is stressful, I think.  Trying to come up with a name that you can both agree on that your kid won’t hate you for.

According to, these are the most popular baby names for 2011.  Do you like to go with a popular name, classic name, or something else?

  • Pippa. Obviously a credit to Ms. Middleton and her butt.
  • Elula. Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen gave their second daughter this name, which apparently comes from the Hebrew calendar. It didn’t even register on the list last year, so because it suddenly popped up in searches this year.
  • Everett. More commonly a boys name, Everett — which is linked to more feminine names like Eva and Ever — suddenly became a top-searched girls name.
  • Hadley. The novel The Paris Wife, about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Richardson, is likely responsible for this name jumping 50 spots.
  • Mila. A sign of Ms. Kunis’ popularity.
  • Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide. These old-fashioned names are back again, probably thanks to the popularity of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
  • Luna. The Beckhams named their baby girl Harper, one of last year’s hottest baby names. But during Posh’s pregnancy, they were rumored to be considering the name ‘Luna.; For that reason– and, perhaps the popularity of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter — this name makes the list in 2011

For boys:

  • Asher. Henry has long been the number one all-time boys name on Nameberry, but this is the first year that Asher has pulled ahead.
  • Arlo. This name’s sudden hotness is a bit inexplicable, although other names ending in -o — like Nico, Hugo, and Otto — are also on the rise.
  • Flynn. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr gave their baby boy this name.
  • Archer. This year’s most trendy literary name — like Holden, Harper, and Atticus in years past — based on characters in Portrait of a Lady and The Age of Innocence.

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