The top baby names for 2019 are in, with the introduction of some new and exciting trends.
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
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:
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
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.
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:
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:
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
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;
Ryder (Paw Patrol)
Chase (Paw Patrol)
Dougie (Hey Duggee)
Elsa (still popular from Frozen)
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;
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;
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