Pippa, Hadley & Arlo: The Hottest Baby Names Of 2011

Every year, celebrity baby name website Nameberry.com declares the hottest baby names of that year. The list is based on an analysis of the most searched names, particularly those which saw a strong and sudden increase over the last six months. This year, Nameberry says, the list was “driven by unexpected celebrities, rediscovered classics, and the year’s most compelling events.” So, which names made the list? Let’s find out.For girls:

  1. Pippa. Nice ass, cute baby name.
  2. 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, Nameberry declares it a hot trend!
  3. 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.
  4. Hadley. The novel The Paris Wife, about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley Richardson, is likely responsible for this name jumping 50 spots.
  5. Mila. Natalie Portman, who? The “Black Swan” star is having quite a year and there should be a lot of new baby Milas crawling around to prove it.
  6. Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide. These old-fashioned names are back again, probably thanks to the popularity of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
  7. 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, I think, the popularity of Luna Lovegood in “Harry Potter” — this name makes the list in 2011.

For boys:

  1. 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. I expect a baby named Asher to poop diamonds.
  2. Arlo. No, Arlo Guthrie isn’t having a career resurgence, so 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. I like it!
  3. Flynn. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr gave their baby boy this name.
  4. 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.

Do any of these names strike your fancy? I’m a sucker for reading baby name lists and am sort of worried that I like so many names that my kids are going to end up having four each.