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The New Romantics? America’s Baby Names Get Sexier

The New Romantics? America’s Baby Names Get Sexier
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be sending greetings to your Amour, your Venus or your Bliss. For more and more American girls, that happens every day of the year.

Romantic, sultry names that have long been favorites for exotic dancers are now climbing the baby name charts. Today’s parents want names that make an impact and help their kids feel special. That has sent names from Valentina and Delilah to Heaven and Miracle mainstream.

Look beyond the most common names, and you’ll find there’s almost no limit to Valentine-ready baby names. See for yourself -- all of these names were given to at least five newborn America girls in a recent year.

  • Gorgeous
  • Lovely
  • Heavenly
  • Angelic
  • Divine
  • Adore
  • Love
  • Amour
  • Heart
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Sweet
  • Venus
  • Aphrodite
  • Vanity
  • Charm
  • Allure
  • Silka
  • Velvet
  • Whisper
  • Caressa       
  • Delight
  • Bliss
  • Euphoria
  • Ecstasy
  • Eternity

What do you think of these "hot" names?  Are there any that you think will rise to be mainstream hits like Arianna and Destiny?

--L.W.


Comments

February 13, 2012 10:09 AM
By HiLary (not verified)

Caressa?? That's awful.

February 13, 2012 10:37 AM
By Kim (not verified)

Anything a Smurf got to first should cause some reconsideration... Vanity

February 13, 2012 2:34 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Really? I like Caressa!

February 13, 2012 2:46 PM
By Devin (not verified)

Vanity? That is not a nice sentiment! I don't like the idea of naming your kid Gorgeous or Delight, but at least those mean nice things. Vanity is not something you should name your baby. God why not just name her Narcissist.

February 14, 2012 12:40 PM
By Katy (not verified)

I'm having a lot of trouble with the name ecstasy. I'd guess Amour has the great chance of going mainstream of the list above.

February 14, 2012 12:52 PM
By Elisabeth (not verified)

Well, definitely not Ecstasy, that's for sure.

The only name on that list that I like is Velvet. But as far as guessing what will go mainstream...I don't know, maybe Divine? America is a pretty religious country, and you guys have got a history of "Christian virtue" names like Faith and Charity.

February 14, 2012 12:54 PM
By Valerie (not verified)

I can't stand any of them. Most of them sound like products to me- like Silka and Allure- or stripper names. They seem like such a burden and an embarrassment to a child.

February 14, 2012 1:04 PM
By Amber (not verified)

Ack. Those are all pretty much awful. :/

February 14, 2012 2:21 PM
By Sandra (not verified)

Yeah, I'm sorry these names are not romantic they are pretty trashy in my opinion. Ecstasy? Gorgeous? Divine? I'm sorry those are stripper/call girl names. How about a name these little girls can use in adulthood, you know... Judge Ecstasy? Professor Gorgeous? I'm sorry unless you're looking for these girls to get careers in porn or on a pole these are choices horrible. Gag.

February 14, 2012 2:27 PM
By ClaireP (not verified)

To my mind, romantic names for girls aren't "stripper" names, they're names that are long and ultra-feminine sounding, with endings like -iana or -issa or -ella.

Take an "old man" name like George, add a iana to it, and voila, you have Georgiana, a romantic classic - a lot more of a romantic name than Venus or Ecstasy. Jeez.

February 14, 2012 2:32 PM
By Kira (not verified)

I can see Bliss going mainstream. Whisper and Heart are not bad either. I've known a Velvet and a Love. Ecstasy, Vanity, Gorgeous, Allure, and Silka are particulary cringe-worthy.

February 14, 2012 3:02 PM
By EM (not verified)

Adore works for me. Perhaps Allure too.

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Logically, I can also see Amour - it sounds similar to Amir. Amir is established in certain cultures. Of course there is a significant culture difference between those two names but the possibility of Amour as a useable name is not unrealistic.

February 14, 2012 3:52 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I actually like Bliss, too. And I know a Whisper (with siblings Dream, Meadow, and Sky). I've heard of a Wish, too, which is sort of nice. But I think Ecstasy is just awful!

February 14, 2012 3:53 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I got really stuck on the name Honey- I really do think it's so cute...but it works just fine as an endearment.

February 14, 2012 5:55 PM
By With an E (not verified)

We have knowledge and Knowledge at our school--unfortunately it's not his strong suit.

These are awful names.

February 14, 2012 7:59 PM
By Heather (not verified)

I don't love any of them. However, the main character of the film "Whip It" is named Bliss, and while I cringed at it in the beginning by the end I kinda liked it.

February 14, 2012 8:13 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I think Charm, Love or Honey as a middle name would be really cute, and although Amour doesn't seem too bad, the rest of these scream "stripper/porn star name" to me. Especially Ecstasy.

February 15, 2012 12:06 AM
By Marina (not verified)

@Sandra: I have never heard of a Judge Amanda or a Professor Mary so I think the girls are okay there. ;)

February 15, 2012 2:54 PM
By Faith (not verified)

Oh, those are horrible! Maybe a few of them as middle names, but any of them as first names is horrible!

February 15, 2012 3:49 PM
By Gina (not verified)

Yes, these are all pretty much awful. Not romantic at all--sexual. That's different.

February 15, 2012 4:20 PM
By mk (not verified)

Some of them aren't that bad, though most aren't romantic. Aphrodite and Venus are goddess names, and Venus Williams is fairly well-known. Angelic is similar to Angelica, Angel, etc. Euphoria sounds like it could be an old-fashioned name. Adore, Allure, and Amour also seem plausible as names, though not my style. Bliss has the Whip It/Derby Girl connection at least.

The rest, not so much.

February 23, 2012 10:55 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I can't prove the intentions of the parents involved, but I am pretty sure that Silka is a variant of the German name Silke (or Zilke), spelled to be more easily pronounced (otherwise people would probably say "Silky" for Silke). Silke is a German diminutive for Cecelia.

March 11, 2012 6:39 AM
By Karin (not verified)

Euphoria
Ecstasy

These names were mixed up when I first read the list, and I wondered why anyone would call their child Euthanasia...

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By Tiffani (not verified)

Hahaha. I once knew a girl named Caressa. I think its cute!

May 15, 2012 2:52 AM

Euphoria sounds like it could be an old-fashioned name. Adore, Allure, and Amour also seem plausible as names, though not my style. Bliss has the Whip It/Derby Girl connection at least.

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