Want to get ahead of the baby names curve? Start looking to landmarks and locations, predicts one baby names expert
Stuck on what to call your little one? There’s never been a better time to book a babymoon or go for a nature walk. Because Everest, Nile, Beach and Oceana are all predicted to be future baby name hits.
Baby name expert Pamela Sutran, who runs Nameberry.com, says, ‘There’s a growth in the popularity of “place” names,’ says Pamela. ‘Names that are popular today, like Savannah and Dakota, are paving the way to more adventurous place names in years to come.’
However, some countries are putting a stop to more exotic names. Germany has banned the name Woodstock and Denmark banned um, Anus. Saudi Arabia recently released a list of banned names including Linda and Alice.
Does it really matter if others think your chosen name is odd if it seems perfect to you? Kate Winslet recently explained the story behind her three-month-old son’s name, Bear Blaze, while chatting on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
‘A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear and I just had always really loved it. And he was very much a bear,’ says Kate. ‘He was everyone's shoulder to cry on. He was a big bear hug. He was a great figure in my life. And I just had always remembered him, so that's where it came from.’
And his other name?
‘Bear's second name is Blaze because my husband and I met in a house fire. The house burned down and we survived. But we wanted something of the fire and so Blaze was the name that we came up with.’
The fire Kate is referring to is the one that broke out while she was staying on Richard Branson’s private island in the Caribbean (her husband Ned is Branson’s nephew) during a lightening storm. Kate, who was there with her two children, Mia and Joe, helped save Branson’s mother from the flames.