"In an effort to be different and make their kids special from the very beginning, we see a lot of names with a multitude of spellings," says Candace Alper, creator of Name Your Tune, personalized CDs for children that feature the child's name throughout much-loved kids' tunes.
"We see extra vowels, silent H's, and Y's where there would traditionally be an "I" or an "E" (think Aayden, Khate, Rhyan). "I've heard parents say they want a unique name, but not something so wild that the kid will be made fun of, so they think this is a good alternative," she explains.
Celeb Baby Names: Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow), Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee), Kal-El (Nicolas Cage)Over the past few years, more and more parents (and not just celebrities) are choosing offbeat monikers for their little ones--and don't expect that trend to end anytime soon, says Wattenberg.
"She needed to make a public statement with her children's names."These are also celebrity watchers who name their babies either after celebrities or after the names that celebrities have given their babies.
"We've seen more babies named Shiloh (Angelina Jolie) and Coco (Courteney Cox)," says Alper.
Celeb baby names: Egypt (Alicia Keys), Memphis (Bono), Brooklyn (Victoria and David Beckham)These names often have a lot of meaning for parents, says Korwitts.
"It can be where they met, spent their honeymoon, or even where the child was conceived.
We were lucky that it was also a beautiful first name."Celeb baby names: Monroe (Mariah Carey), Lennon (Liam Gallagher), Bardot (David Boreanez)The names Bella and Edward have been moving up the ranks with the success of Twilight, and even celebrities use their child's first name to honor a favorite star: Mariah Carey recently named her daughter Monroe after Marilyn, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher named his son Lennon after John, and Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell's daughter Dolly is named after mom's favorite singer, Dolly Parton."I suspect that many who name their child after a celebrity are speaking to their own desire for optimal fame," says Korwitts.
"For instance, Mariah Carey has struggled a great deal during her career with her self-image, etc."The name doesn't belong to you--you're making the decision because your child can't do it for himself--but what you choose does say a lot about your personality."But as your child gets older, the name will also reflect on him--especially when he's doing things like sending out job resumes."People do draw conclusions based on someone's name," says Wattenberg."Although names like Ava and Emily are in the Top 10, most of the old-fashioned names are not used on a regular basis, so the child is standing out.They're trendy, but in a safe way."Celeb baby names: Ryder (Kate Hudson), Rocko (Johnny Knoxville), Zowie (David Bowie)Many parents are taking a traditional name and putting their own spin on it by changing the spelling.Choosing an old-fashioned name is also on trend right now, so it's a way to be in fashion without going over the top.