Monday, April 18, 2005

Julia Roberts Has Dashed The Hopes Of Hip Baby Namers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – What’s the biggest trend in baby names? Not wanting to look like you’re following a baby name trend.

That’s according to baby naming expert Laura Wattenberg, who has tracked the popularity of various monikers over the last 100 years to create the guide, The Baby Name Wizard (Broadway Books).

Wattenberg says, these days, everyone wants to find a unique name for their offspring – which has lead to tots with names like “Trinity,” “Xander” and Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous “Apple.”

Celebrities can both hurt and harm this pattern. For instance, Wattenberg says the name “Neveah” – “heaven” spelled backwards – soared in popularity after rocker Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D. revealed it as his daughter’s name on an episode of MTV Cribs.

On the flip side, Julia Roberts squashed the chances of “Hazel” or “Phinnaeus” making a comeback when she bestowed those names on her twins, because expectant hipsters who were already interested in those names figured they’d look like copycats.

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