If you’re a name nerd like me, the anticipation of waiting for the list of most popular baby names to be released each year is a killer. Well, the wait is over because the baby name gurus at Nameberry update their list in real time. Oh, yeah.
Although their list can’t tell us anything about the names that are actually being given to babies, it reflects up-to-the-minute trends by giving us insight into the most searched names. So, these monikers could make their way to the top of The List in the next few years.
Without further ado, here are the top ten names for girls and boys in 2019 so far.
Love it sick. Isla is powerful and feminine all at once. You can only hope it’s become common enough that no-one will call her “Ice-la”, but I still think it’s worth the annoyance of correcting people.
Meh – big surprise. Olivia has been hovering at the top of the list for years now. It’s nice enough, but I feel it’s had its day in the sun.
Well, buy me slippers and call me Dorothy! This is a shock entry. I was expecting one of the usual suspects at number three – Mia, Charlotte, Amelia or Ava – but Posie has knocked me off my chair. It’s very old-school floral and not my usual taste, but I kinda like it.
What!? This list gets more exciting by the minute (told you I’m a name nerd). While the name of the Roman Goddess of the Dawn looks lovely on paper, I can never say it out loud without sounding like a Labrador with laryngitis.
As in Jessica Biel’s creepy character in The Sinner? Too dark. Hard pass.
I’m all for vintage names, but Ada is a little too nursing-home chic for my taste.
Maeve is a gorgeous little Irish sobriquet with the kick-ass meaning ‘she who intoxicates’. But as with most Irish names, the pronunciation can get butchered. Only you can decide if it’s worth the headache.
Where did this even come from? I’ve never heard of it and it’s somehow the eighth most searched name. I must admit it leaves me very meh. I can’t help but think how Brits will say “Amahhhra” and Americans will say “Amaiiiira” and Aussies will be left scratching their heads.
Yes, me likey. Royal name. Sex and the City name. It’s a winner all around.
Usual suspect. Pretty, but I’m over it.
Ooh, charming! A nice departure from the usual Olivers and Williams. I love that Milo was an ancient Greek wrestler – it gives an edge to this otherwise cutesy epithet.
Hit the road, Jack! Jasper’s in town and he’s here to steal your crown. I’m surprised to see this gemstone name at number two. I knew it was popular with the turmeric latte-sipping crowd, but it looks like the general public is into it too.
I can’t say biblical names are my thang (Asher was one of Jacob’s 12 sons in the Old Testament), but this one’s not half-bad. Plus, nickname Ash is a winner.
No! Stop it! I’m done with this formerly intriguing literary appellation that was unceremoniously murdered by hipsters! Done!
Please don’t judge me for perving on a guy who’s ten years younger than me, but the hot kid in Weeds was totally called Silas! I love this name based solely on that character.
Eek. A little too stuffy for my taste. He’d be Ted in my books straight away.
Been there, done that, met 476 Jacks. I know the name Jack has a rich history in Australia (it originated with the diggers of WWI), but it’s been overdone.
Another Irish winner! Finn is too cute for words. Love.
This takes the prize for most surprising entry. Aarav is a Hindi name meaning ‘peaceful’ and I love the sound of it. But how on Earth did it make it to number nine when the top ten is usually a sea of Jameses and Benjamins? Were some of those searches riddled with typos? I guess we’ll never know.
To me, Felix is a cat. A wonderful, wonderful cat. But I can see the appeal of this name for some parents: it’s different, it has that popular ‘X’ ending and celebs are snapping it up. It has all the elements of a modern top ten moniker.