Trend Report: The Hottest Baby Names of 2010

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Baby name trends change faster today than ever before. Just a few years ago, a name like Ava was a refreshing surprise. Now it's a top five hit. What's up next? To find out, I've asked my friends at for an exclusive peek into the hottest names from the site's "

Every day, thousands of name-hunting parents turn to Namipedia to learn about -- and comment on -- their favorite names. The searches make the most popular names a snapshot of what name-conscious parents will be naming their babies, just a couple of trimesters down the line.

Many of the names reflect the current top 10. Others, though, read like a glimpse into the future. The baby name style forecast: a shower of Charlottes and Olivers. Those are 2010's most-researched names for boys and girls to date.

Charlotte was quietly timeless until the late 1990s, when it was featured on the TV series "Sex and the City." The show has been off the air for years now, but the name seed was planted. Charlotte has continued to climb the popularity charts, and the Namipedia rankings point to even greater popularity ahead.

The boy's name Oliver has lagged behind sister Olivia in popularity ... in the United States, at least. In England and Australia, it's a top-10 hit. As the most-searched boy's name of 2010, it should continue its rise here, too.

At the cutting edge of style, also has tabulated the hot new names that have risen the fastest from a year ago. Not surprisingly, some come straight from Hollywood. But the biggest name boost doesn't necessarily go to the celebrity in the brightest spotlight. Take Sookie, an old-fashioned nickname for Susan that appears in the TV series "True Blood," and Castiel, the name of an angel on the series "Supernatural." They've intrigued enough parents to become the hottest rising names of 2010.

The Namipedia Top 10 Boys' and Girls' Names of 2010 So Far:

1. Charlotte
2. Olivia
3. Elizabeth
4. Amelia
5. Emily
6. Ava
7. Ella
8. Claire
9. Emma
10. Violet


1. Oliver
2. Owen
3. Henry
4. Liam
5. James
6. Jack
7. Alexander
8. Benjamin
9. William
10. Noah

The Hot Risers:

1. Sookie
2. Tenley
3. Eloise
4. Genevieve
5. Piper

1. Castiel
2. Declan
3. Atreyu
4. Dashiell
5. Phineas

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