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4 Hottest Trends in Baby Names

Kim Kuhn

1. Two of a Kind Even if you're not having twins, take a look at these popular girl and boy names that are flip sides of the same coin: Emma and Emmett, Olivia and Oliver, Grace and Grayson, Eva or Evelyn and Everett, Audrey and Auden.

2. Sonic Youth Think long hair, rock bands and motorcycles. Marquee-worthy names in favor now include Wilder, Maverick, Harley, Axel, Breaker, Ryker, Gunner, and Wolf. A few choices that work for girls: Rebel, Tempest, and Beretta.

3. The L Words The secret ingredientin many of today's trendiest names is "L." Doubling it is even better: Leila, Lila, Lola, Tallulah, Delilah, Lily, and Lulu. For boys, we’re seeing Laszlo, Leopold, and Lionel pop up. The '80s were all about J name, the '90s saw the rise of K names, and so L is the natural successor. What’s next? That’s right – M names like Maeve, Marguerite, Malachi, and Montgomery.

4. The Empire Strikes Back Ancient Roman names are the new Biblical names (The Hunger Games made the trend explode). Consider Atticus, Cato, Augustus, Maximus, Decimus, Octavius, and Rufus.