Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spark baby name trend ahead of royal wedding

Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle appear to have had an impact on baby name this spring as many are opting to name their little ones after the couple.

Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May, the trend for spring baby names 2018 seems to have taken decidedly regal turn.

Not only has Harry hit the number one spot for baby boys, Meghan has also made it into the top 20 – proving royal wedding fever is well and truly under way.

According to leading pregnancy resource Emma’s Diary, Harry is the most popular boys name being chosen by parents this spring, with Maxwell and Kai coming in at second and third place respectively.

Prince Harry’s brother Prince William is also influencing baby name trends this spring, as William comes in at sixth place, while other royal names Albert and George also made the top 20 list too.

Although both Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names make an appearance on the list, their new little brother Prince Louis‘s name is yet to make the list – but no doubt it will make an appearance soon thanks to the arrival of William and Kate’s third child on April 23.

When it comes to baby girl names, a floral trend appears to be popular for the second year running.

Daisy comes in at number one, with Lily and Iris taking second and third place respectively.

However, Suits actress Meghan needn’t worry as she did beat the likes of Petal, Poppy and Violet by coming in at number 15.

‘Once again the results from our spring poll show that for girls, the seasonal floral theme is still popular with parents with a scattering of royal favoured names too,’ said marketing director Faye Mingo.

‘Harry remains ever-popular with parents too particularly in light of the upcoming royal wedding, interestingly last spring, Harry didn’t make the top 10 list, yet in January this year Harry was the number one most popular name prediction for 2018,’ she added.

The 2018 spring baby names poll quizzed more than 1,200 parents from across the UK on their chosen baby name this season.

Top 20 spring girl baby names for 2018

  1. Daisy
  2. Lily
  3. Iris
  4. Alice
  5. Primrose
  6. Fleur
  7. April
  8. Chloe
  9. Charlotte
  10. Bluebell
  11. Aya
  12. Coco
  13. Elizabeth
  14. May
  15. Meghan
  16. Poppy
  17. Petal
  18. Amaryllis
  19. Rosie
  20. Violet

Top 20 spring baby boy names

  1. Harry
  2. Maxwell
  3. Kai
  4. Owen
  5. Arthur
  6. William
  7. Bud
  8. Neo
  9. Denver
  10. Albert
  11. Leif
  12. Clover
  13. Atwell
  14. Bradwell
  15. Jarek
  16. Alfie
  17. Jacob
  18. Rory
  19. George
  20. Noah

Words by Kirsty McCormack.