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12 Hottest Baby Name Trends of 2012

Parents will give their babies names that are inspired by the classics, modern-day heroes, characters from TV shows, and more, according to the creators of Nameberry.
babies Biggest Big-Picture Trend: Modern Hero Names

Mariah Carey got it right when she named her daughter Monroe, in honor of her heroine Marilyn Monroe, but she did it in a distinctly modern, non-blonde bombshell way. Surname names may honor heroes real or fictional, contemporary or historic, from the arts, sports, or the world stage, and work for girls as well as boys. Other choices we've been hearing: Landry (as in football coach Tom), Gatsby (as in fictional hero The Great), and Palin (yes, as in Sarah).