The essential guide to SFNS

On Fairfax’s Essential Mums website there is a guide to Silly First Name Syndrome…they call it the “Most Unusual Baby Names of 2013“.

But it is fair to say that in about 16 -18 years time we will be reading about these people in the news for all the wrong reasons.

It’s the end of another year, and with that comes a variety of lists of baby names. Which were the most popular names of the past 12 months? The fastest rising, and the names falling from favour the quickest? What are the latest trends?

In New Zealand there are restrictions on what you can and can’t name your baby, but overseas things are a bit looser. Here are some of the stranger names American babies have been lumbered with this year, courtesy of bounty.com and babycenter.com. The latter gets its data from parents who register their baby’s name with the site, and the site explains that each name was given to at least three children.

This year brand names were popular with some parents, with girls named Chevy, Pepsi and Wrigley, and several boys named Dior.

The general population also reflected the celebrity trend of naming children after places, with London, Egypt and Dallas for boys, and Phoenix and Olympia for girls.

Parents also have high hopes for their offspring, choosing Luck, Prosper, Bright and Victory for males, and Nirvana and Paradise for girls.

Some girls were given feminine, flowery names, such as Orchid, Tulip and Fairy … and the much more literal Flower.

Animals were a hit: boys were named Cub, Finch, Tiger, Kodiak and Panda, while the girls included Feline and Puppy.

And lastly, in the too-hard-to-categorise group, comes Cheese, Chow and Thirdy for males, and Duda, Blip and Kiwi for females.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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