Believe it or not, choosing your baby’s name can be one of the most important decisions you make as a new parent. Your child will of course, carry that name forever! That’s why it’s crucial you pick the right one that fits your bundle of joy perfectly. But never fear! We’ve discovered 5 popular baby name trends that are going viral this year!
Baby name trends are forever evolving, some families like to keep up with the popular of-the-season names and some would rather call their child something classic and timeless. BabyCenter release the stats every year of most popular baby names. Check out it out for some inspiration!
Baby Name Trends – the classic, the popular and the unique
There’s many names out there that we bet you didn’t realise actually originated from the Bible. New parents are wanting the perfect name for their baby, something representing religious importance and also unique at the same time.
Noah – Noah is a Hebrew name meaning ‘rest’, ‘comfort’ and ‘peace’. In the biblical story, God chooses Noah to build an ark and gather animals ‘two by two’, in order to survive the great flood. Noah is primarily a male name, but has been known to be more unisex in recent years. Noey and No are common nicknames for Noah.
Elias – Elias is believed to be a variant of the biblical name Elijah which means “The Lord is my God.” It can also be interpreted to mean “The strong Lord” or “Jehovah is God.”
Isaac – The name Isaac is primarily a male name of Hebrew origin that means “He Will Laugh”. In the Old Testament of the Bible, Isaac is the firstborn son of Abraham. He is one of the three biblical patriarchs revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Fairy-tale Themed Names
In particular for little girls, beautiful storybook names are on the rise. Let your little one live out their own fairytale with these delightful picks.
Aurora – Aurora is a mystical and romantic name that means “dawn” in Latin. An aurora also refers to a natural light display in the Earth’s sky called the aurora polaris, or polar lights, visible only in high-latitude regions like the North and South Poles. Walt Disney named the protagonist of its 1959 film “Sleeping Beauty” Aurora. In the Disney adapted tale, however, the princess gave birth to a set of twins, naming the girl twin Aurora.
Ella – The name Ella means “other.” Ella was initially used as a name prefix and its original spelling was Alia. In the live action adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella in 2015, the main character’s name was shortened to just Ella, a beautiful and kind-hearted girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, and meets a prince at a ball.
Alice – The name Alice is girl’s name of German origin meaning “noble”. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland popularized the name in modern times.
Everything’s full circle! This year many new parents are looking back in time to find some inspiration for their baby name. This isn’t a boring, drab way to go though; old-fashioned names are classic, and have definitely stood the test of time for a reason.
Eleanor – Eleanor is an English variation of the Provençal name Alienor. It means “light-hearted” or “shining light”. In 1908, Eleanor was actually in the top 1000 names for boys, ranking 968th. It has not since been seen on the charts as a boy name. But, in the past century, the name Eleanor has remained in the top 1000 names for girls.
George – George is a baby boy name of Greek origin, meaning “farmer” or “earthworker”. The name gained popularity due to its association with the Christian martyr, Saint George, and has also been passed down through generations of the royal family.
Arthur – Arthur is a common male given name of Brythonic origin. Its popularity derives from it being the name of the legendary hero King Arthur.
Pop Culture Names
Many are influenced by popular celebrities, music and film recently too. Make sure you’re choosing a name that also has some personal significance to you and your family, just in case these pop culture references are out of fashion in the next 10 years!
Ariana – Ariana is a feminine name of Greek origin, meaning “most holy.” Ariana also has roots in many other languages, including Welsh and Hebrew, where it means “silver” and “like a beautiful melody,” respectively. The most famous famous Ariana is singer/pop star Ariana Grande. Fictional Arianas include Ariana Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
Freddie – The name Freddie is primarily a gender-neutral name of American origin that means “Peace Ruler”. Parents will delight in this name’s connection to a rock legend bearing the same title, too. A powerful performer, Freddie Mercury certainly lives up to this name’s etymology. The singer is known for defying the conventions of rock and roll, leading the way for future baby Freddie’s with badass nature.
Harry – Harry is a masculine name of German origin. Meaning “home ruler” this name could be perfect for the little majesty of your heart. In popular culture, Harry Potter is the titular character of J.K Rowling’s wizarding phenomenon; Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry in the series of blockbuster films. In music, Harry Styles shot to fame on “The X Factor” as a member of boyband One Direction, then forged a successful solo pop career.
Gender Neutral Names
One of the big popular baby name trends right now is gender neutral names, as we’re embracing the beauty of non binary. Choose a unique, flexible name for your baby and make your own rules!
Billie – The name Billie is both a boy’s name and a girl’s name of English origin meaning “resolute protection”. Billie is a tomboy nickname name, part of the growing trend for using boyish nicknames for girls and now destined for stardom along with its most famous contemporary music sensation Billie Eilish.
Emery – Emery is a gender-neutral name of British origin, introduced in the UK by the Normans towards the end of the Middle Ages. It means “industrious” or “powerful,” two strong traits!
Carter – The name Carter is both a boy’s name and a girl’s name of English origin meaning “cart maker or driver”. One of the surname names for boys on its way to becoming unisex, this name broke into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013 for girls.
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