As 2010 approaches, there's one thing we know we can count on: A whole slew of new babies joining us on the planet. While celebrities busy themselves coming up with names to top one another (like Jamie Oliver's Petal Blossom Rainbow and Erykah Badu's Mars Merkaba), regular parents are embracing traditional names now more than ever.
A new national survey for family history Web site, Ancestry.com, found 49 percent of us are named after a family member and 57 percent of new parents name their child after a family member. Of those children given a family name, approximately one-third are named after their father, about 17 percent bear their grandfather's name, and close to 15 percent are named for their grandmother.
Men outnumber women when it comes to passing names on, with 20 percent of men getting both their first and middle name from a family member.
"We found that looking to the family tree for inspiration in choosing a baby name isn't just a thing of the past," said Anastasia Tyler, a family history expert at Ancestry.com. "The fact is that Americans across the country truly cherish the names that have been in their family through the generations, and the tradition of honoring a family member by passing down a name remains alive."
Family member names are expected to remain popular in 2010, as well as a number of names that were big in 2009, so prepare to see more little Ethans, Isabellas, Jacksons, and Sophias.
But what else can you expect to rise in popularity? We polled the editorial staff at parents.com to find out their name predictions. These experts were up to the task of playing baby-name soothsayer. And while some are predicting Twilight-inspired names, like Edward and Jacob, others expect to see more unique names pull ahead, like Harper and Avery. Will they be on target? Talk to us in 2011.
Janell Pittman, General Manager
By Kate Silver for Parents.com
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