Top Baby Names of 2010 So Far: The Mystery of Seraphina

We’re crazy for baby names. The marketing genius behind knows it, and she knows that any time she can release some new scoop on who’s naming who what, the parenting world will pounce. We believe names matter, and we’re right: as Sierra wrote earlier this year, girly names doom a boy to teasing and poor-sounding names decrease your odds of success.

As Time magazine put it, we want to be unique, but not too unique. Or maybe we do want to be too unique, and what we’re searching for is a name that no one’s used yet, scouring the top baby name lists for monikers like Purple or Whipcord. But name your child Snapfree and someone will surely follow: there’s something about baby names that follows an indefinable zeitgeist. Which is why I’m so intrigued by number two on Nameberry’s list of the most searched girls’ names of 2010 so far: Seraphina.

Because six years ago, when my daughter Lily was born (waaayyy before Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were even a couple) that was “my” name. And I can’t remember why.
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