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Baby names to watch

Here are some names I think are either worth watching or worth mentioning. First I'd like to point out that Destiny happens to be the number one girls name starting with the letter D, although if Daniela, Danielle and Daniella were combined, that would have won. Here are D names that made the top 1000 in 2011 and how many girls were given the name. I always find names starting with A, D and L the most interesting when reading the lists. You can decide for yourself if by "interesting" I mean "aggravating."

Destiny 3222
Daisy 1883
Daniela 1860
Delilah 1817
Diana 1535
Danielle 1482
Delaney 1330
Daniella 1135
Dakota 1056
Danna 873
Dulce 758
Dayana 689
Daphne 671
Danica 638
Dylan 595
Dahlia 536
Desiree 477
Denise 471
Danika 469
Dana 468
Destinee 381
Diamond 357
Deborah 331
Deanna 323
Demi 321
Dixie 309
Diya 287
Dorothy 273
Dalia 266
Damaris 250

I find some of the choices outdated (Deborah, Denise) and think there are some D names I would rather have seen on the list, as in Diantha, Daria, Demetra/Demitria, Desdemona, Darina, Delta, Dinah, December, Dionne, Damia, Deirdre, Dharma, Donatella, Drucilla/Drusilla, Dulcinea and Delphine/Delphina.

These are all names I think will rise more...

Charlotte #46 to #27
Harper #118 to #54
Lila #155 to #163
Scarlett #114 to #80
Ruby #113 to #109
Lily #17 to #15
Sofia #26 to #19
Zoe #31 in both 2010 and 2011
Freya will rank in 2012 if it can get another 20 more births than it has now, give or take a few, and I don't think that will be hard to do. I believe it's a top 20 or so name in the UK. In 2011 there were 204 baby girls named Freya, and 222 named Frida, which ranked at #930.

And these are just names I like to keep an eye on...

Maple, 26 births in 2010, 28 in 2011
Clover, 99 births in 2010, 109 in 2011
Sunniva, 0 births in 2010, 6 in 2011
Zenobia, 18 births in 2010, 22 in 2011
Ursula, 32 births in 2010, 25 in 2011
Andromeda, 20 births in 2010, 31 in 2011
Cassia, 27 births in 2010, 33 in 2011
Guinevere, 57 births in 2010, 91 in 2011
Rowena, 7 births in 2010, 15 in 2011
Elowen, 0 births in 2010, 10 in 2011
Garnet, 5 births in 2010, 11 in 2011
Emmanuelle, 47 births in 2010, 37 in 2011
Ekaterina, 37 births in 2010, 40 in 2011
Khaleesi, not sure about 2010 but 27 in 2011

And these were names I just couldn't believe I saw. It definitely wasn't a happy surprise.
Mahkaden, Kashley, Kaomi, Joydan, Geisha, Calvalry, Shadiamond, Remmington. I'm sure there were lots more. Lots, lot more.



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