Baby name trends for 2012: Adjectives are in

(Thinkstock)Nouns are out, and adjectives are in. At least that’s what Nameberry’s baby-name predictions for next year are implying.

If you’re expecting a baby in 2012, check out the naming trends below. Then it’s up to you: conform to what’s in, or go against trends.

Just please don’t name your kid Number 16 Bus Shelter. Baby-naming remorse is a very real, serious thing.

2012 Baby Name Trend: Adjectives

We’ve had “noun” babies: Brooklyn, Paris and Apple. Now it’s time for the adjectives: Sunny, True, Happy, Brave, Loving, Golden and Royal.

"The adjective is an expansion of the word name thing. People are pushing it in lots of different directions," Nameberry’s Pamela Satran told MailOnline.


2012 Baby Name Trend: Fierce

Alicia Silverstone embraced two up-and-coming trends with a fierce/adjective combo for her son, Bear Blu.

Expect to have frightening-sounding little boys on the playground in a few years:

“There are fierce animal names such as Bear, Fox, Wolf, Falcon, Hawk and Lionel, and then there are the perhaps-even-fiercer names like Breaker, Ranger and Wilder,” the Toronto Star reports.

“Adventurous new macho names — aggressive and macho, but not traditional names, are gaining popularity,“ says Satran.

“They take these almost retrograde male qualities but make them something new. Macho in a renegade way.”

2012 Baby Name Trend: Modern Heroes

Mariah Carey named her daughter Monroe. An upcoming film adaptation will likely inspire a plethora of baby Gatsbys. Atticus is ready for a boom.


2012 Baby Name Trends: Directions — Mostly West

The compass will dictate some names next year: North, South, East, Easton, West, Weston, Wesley. Cowboy-inspired names will also be strong. TODAYMoms lists Boone, Bo, Wyatt, Wylie, Cole, Colt, Zane, Shane, and Maverick as examples.

Check out the other baby-name trends — like Betty’s comeback and names starting with As and Ms — at Nameberry.

Parents, how did you decide what to name your young ones?

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