Heidi's Klum's catchphrase, "One day you're in, and the next day you're out," might as well have been spoken about baby names. Over the years, we’ve seen names come, go, and even make a few comebacks. So, to help you find the right name for your baby-to-be, we polled the nation’s leading baby name experts on what we can expect from the coming year. Here are the baby name trends that will rock the name runway in 2014.
No, this doesn’t mean Rain, Ocean, and Agua are going to be big this year. It means names are becoming increasingly soft-sounding, ditching hard consonants for a whole lot of vowels, says Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, Revised 3rd Edition: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby. Raindrop names, which go by the same premise but are much shorter, are also booming.
Examples: Liam is the sixth most popular boy's name, while Ava is sitting pretty at number five for girls, according to the latest available data from the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names. Amelia, Anaya, Aliya, and Eliana are also popular.
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