Double barrel baby names: The latest baby name trend

Double barrel baby names are becoming ever more popular.

Not only do double-barrelled names add a certain unique edge to your baby’s moniker, but they’re the perfect solution for couples who can’t decide between two names. Why not have both?

The trend seems to be particularly popular for girls’ names. In 2014 over 1,200 baby girls in England and Wales were given hyphenated baby names – compared to just 260 in the year 2000. In fact, one in six parents chose a double-barrelled name for their baby girl.

Although it’s stronger with names for girls, the trend certainly doesn’t exclude boys, as the number of boys given double-barrelled names in the UK is now around 10 times as great as it was in the 90s.

The most popular pairing name is as an absolute classic: Rose, with the most popular hyphenated names of the year being listed as Amelia-Rose, Lily-May, Billie-Jo, Esmae-Rose, Dolly-Rose and Summer-Rose.

At the time, baby name expert and author Laura Wattenberg pointed out that the trend for double-barrel baby names was rather UK-centric.

‘This is absolutely a British trend. It is not a trend in North America, it’s not a trend in Australia,’ she told the Telegraph. ‘It is one of a couple of ways in which UK naming trends are totally charting their own direction from the rest of the English-speaking world.’

Tempted by a double-barrelled name for your baby? Here are some of our favourite options for both boys and girls – but many of the second names will work well with any first names you already have in mind…

Double-barrelled names for girls

Amelia-Rose Sophia-Grace Lily-May Olivia-Faye Isla-Louise Ava-Mae Isabelle-Leigh Ella-Ann Ruby-Jo Mia-Jane

Double-barrelled names for boys

Tyler-James Harvey-Lee Alfie-Jay Jamie-Ray John-Paul
Archie-Jack Jayden-George Billy-Joe Taylor-John Jack-Dean

Did you choose a double-barrelled name for your baby? Let us know what combination you chose in the comments section below!