Baby name trends for 2019: Is your choice on this list?

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  • The baby name trends for 2019 are in, with the introduction of some new and exciting trends.

    If 2019 is the year you are due to give birth and you still haven’t chosen that all-important coveted moniker from the top baby names list, don’t worry.

    We know choosing a baby name can be a tough decision – there are so many different inspirations. It could be that you’re a fan of the traditional names, or favour the more unusual and unique. Maybe you love the royal touch

    Stuck for inspiration? Try our baby names generator

    And if you’re keen to step away from the ever-popular ‘Olivia’ and ‘Oliver’ and other names that made it on the list of 2018’s most popular baby names, read on…

    Parenting website BabyCentre has analysed trends and looked at the most popular names over the first half of the year to come up a number of trending lists.

    And while Olivia and Muhammad have held the top spot for the most registered names in the UK, there has been some movement elsewhere. Since the start of 2019, the top 20 registered names have been:

    Olivia
    Sophia
    Amelia
    Lily
    Ava
    Emily
    Ella
    Isla
    Mia
    Aria

    Muhammad
    Oliver
    Noah
    Harry
    Leo
    George
    Jack
    Charlie
    Freddie
    Arthur

    But there have also been other monikers that have been going up in the ranks, many of which have come from some questionable sources of inspiration.

    Read on to help you on your way to an easy birth certificate…

    Top baby names

    1980’s names

    According to the parenting website, whose specialists have analysed the baby register over the last six months, names from the eighties have been making a comeback.

    Jason
    John
    David
    Penny
    Hannah
    Emma
    Greta

    Many seem to think that this comeback could have something to do with popular TV shows, like Game of Thrones and even Love Island, while some think the names could be an homage to an older family member or a societal icon like David Attenborough.

    Anti-trend baby names

    Worried that a too-trendy name might make your little one stand out for the wrong reasons – or that they’ll end up with the same name as everyone else in their nursery class?

    Some new parents are deliberately seeking out unpopular baby names in a bid to swerve the pitfalls. Timeless but underused names like these are set to make an under-the-radar comeback. Just keep them to yourself:

    Ronan
    Julius
    Marcus

    Claudia
    Celeste
    Astrid

    Shoe baby names

    In an age of obscure and original baby names new parents will take inspiration from anywhere they can think of, and apparently in 2019 that will even stretch to what they’re wearing.

    But while taking inspo from chic garments like Coco, Stella and Vera has long been a naming trend, it’s predicted that 2019 will see us focusing on what we wear on our feet instead.

    Names of trainer brands are on the rise. Yep – that’s right.

    Look out for:

    Van (Vans)
    Chuck (Converse)
    Taylor (Converse)

    If none of these tickle your fancy but you still want to go along the footwear route, you could go for Puma, Fila, Diadora or Jordan. Or even Stan or Smith after Adidas’ iconic kick.

    Boxset baby names

    ‘Real time TV’ doesn’t tend to happen as much these days as the convenience of Netflix has taken over.

    Viewers are happy to clock up the hours binge-watching boxsets, such as Game of Thrones, Killing Eve and The Bodyguard – which was the UK’s most watched boxset of 2018, by the way.

    So, with all this great TV being consumed it’s little wonder that fictional characters are providing inspiration to parents.

    Check out these chart-topping names;

    Aria/Arya – a Game of Thrones
    Tyrion – Game of Thrones
    Theon – Game of Thrones
    Maisie – Game of Thrones
    Emilia – Game of Thrones
    Julia – BBC’s The Bodyguard
    David– BBC’s The Bodyguard
    Eve – Killing Eve
    Otis – Sex Education
    Evie – Sex Education
    Maeve – Sex Education
    Matteo – Jane the Virgin
    Jake – Brooklyn Nine Nine
    Rosa – Brooklyn Nine Nine
    Charles – Brooklyn Nine Nine
    Amy – Brooklyn Nine Nine

    Top Baby Names

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    Animation inspiration

    According to The Baby Centre, parents are turning to kids shows for  baby name inspiration. Cartoons on the big screen, such as Peter Rabbit saw a rise in the name Peter, as well as other Beatrix Potter and Disney-inspired monikers.

    And, for the first time, Bing – from British cartoon Bing! – appeared on The Baby Centre name register for the first time. Other names to look out for are;

    Beatrix
    Jemima
    Ryder (Paw Patrol)
    Chase (Paw Patrol)
    Dougie (Hey Duggee)
    Elsa (still popular from Frozen)

    Top Baby Names

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    That 70’s name

    The year of 2018 saw the surprising rise of the 80’s top baby names like, Barry and Patricia. But, it’s all change for 2019, oh yes The Baby Centre predicts a 70’s comeback for babes of the future. Look out for the following names;

    Cliff
    Christine
    Susan

    Long-haul names

    Another trend predicted for 2019 is names of far-flung destinations – The Baby Centre has seen a rise in this style. And predict it’s a trend that is expected to continue with the following names;

    Cairo
    Dallas
    Israel
    India

    What do you think of this new wave of baby names? Head on over to our Facebook page and let us know if you’re using the top baby name list to name your baby.