Babies are happy just to be alive, and their joy is contagious. That love for babies is one huge reason why people keep having them, apart from the fact that we’d stop existing if babies stopped being born.
In honor of, well, babies, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 baby names from this year.
The whole two-name fad is pretty cool and creates for some catchy names. Ollie means “elf army” (yeah, that’s awesome) and Bell means “good looking companion.” So, Ollie Bell is a great name if you want to imagine having a good looking elf army by your side.
No, not Pope John Paul II. And not the two most famous Beatles. This is a name that pairs two Biblical names together, a practice that’s very common in the South. Jon means “Jehovah has been gracious, has shown favor,” and Paul means “little.”
Jacob, a Biblical name meaning “undermines, that supplements, the heel,” paird with Patrick, meaning “patrician, noble,” makes for a strong name. This name is very southern.
Coming from the surname “worker in stone,” this name is a popular choice among southern parents. I mean, what do you think of when you think “mason”? A sturdy man who works hard, a mason jar, the Mason-Dixon Line.
This one is another Biblical name (see a trend?) and it means “God the Lord, the strong Lord.” It’s only appropriate for parents living in the Bible Belt area.
Names that are also locations are common, especially in the south. Think about it: Charlotte, Dakota, Santiago. Jackson may be famous down south because of Jackson, Tn. The name literally means “Jack’s son.” This
Twyla means “woven,” and it’s actually a boy’s name. But in this case, it becomes a girl’s name when paired with Fay (which is also a man’s name), which means “Raven.” Two negatives make a positive, right?
Usually, Jo is abbreviated for a longer name, like Joann or Josephine. However, when spelled with two letters and stuck next to Lynne (which means “house or church”), it becomes a very cute girls name.
Anna was originally a boy’s name meaning “name of a king.” But today, you pretty much never hear a man named Anna. Kate means “pure” and makes “Anna Kate” roll of the tongue.
Layla just makes you think of a little baby girl. It means “born at night” — perfect for those babies that come under the shadow of night. They’re just preparing your for taking care of a newborn.