Choosing baby names can be one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy, and parents looking for names can find inspiration everywhere. If you're a World War II buff, love old-fashioned names or want to honor your family's history, you might consider exploring popular 1940s baby names to see if one of them is right for the newest member of your family.
While moms and dads in the 1900's favored many of the same baby names that still prove popular today, some of the most common baby names of this decade are nowhere to be found on contemporary top 500 baby name lists. Many of the names most commonly selected by parents of this decade reflect a dedication to religion and possess that classic feel that one would expect of names popular in this long-ago time.
Most parents like to keep up with the latest trends when it comes to preparing for the arrival of their new baby. They choose the latest style of crib, clothing and baby accessories to make sure that their baby has up-to-date, modern items. This adherence to trends may even extend to the baby's name. In 2009, ironically, the trend was for parents to choose classic, old-fashioned names for their children.
French baby names, or prénoms, range from traditional names, such as the ever-popular Marie (which means "bitter") to trendy names such as Acel (or Aceline), which means "noble." Often, the French combine two names together to make one name, such as in the case of Anne-Marie or Jean-Luc. This common practice accounts for some of the most popular names in the country.
Australian parents are choosing traditional and trendy names for their children. The specific order of the top names vary depending on the specific state in which records are kept; however, the top fifty were the same in all of the states for the years 2007 and 2009.
The famous may be able to provide their children with everything they could ever need or want, but the names they sometimes bestow upon their offspring may leave us scratching our heads. While some stars give their children perfectly normal names, some name their babies after fruit, other famous people or even themselves.
One of the highlights of being an expectant parent is choosing a name for your child. Many parents want a name that is as special as their child. After all, no one wants their child to be just one of several children in the same classroom with the same name. If you really want something distinctive, try combining two different names to make one new name.
Old or traditional English baby names often reflect a trade or describe a physical trait. "Carter," for example, is the name for someone who builds carts, and "Crippen" describes someone with curly hair. While you can, of course, name your baby according to his physical attributes or your current trade, many parents choose Old English names simply because they like the sound of them.
When you're choosing baby names, consider your baby's potential birth season or your favorite season for inspiration. Spring, summer, winter and fall all have special celebrations and seasonal highlights that may provide the perfect name for your new baby -- and some seasonal names can work for both boys and girls.
The beginning of a new century marked a new era for America in many ways, but not when it came to parents choosing names for their babies. In fact, the most popular names for boys and girls in the decade between 1900 and 1910 were the same choices that had been the most popular for the last 20 years -- ever since the U.S. Social Security Administration started tracking the popularity of baby names.