UK website Babycentre has released details of the year’s most popular baby names. This list is dotted with old favourites, but also boasts some new entries and influences.
Familiar faves and new contenders
The site has unveiled the top 20 boys and girls names for the year to date, a sort of half-time score check, if you will. They’ve also noted some interesting and continuing trends when it comes to naming bubs.
For instance, the names Freya and Jaxon were some of the speediest movers up the ranks, as were Lily and Isabella.
The popularity of Game of Thrones influenced names persists, Babycentre says, with Maisie (Williams, who played Arya) and Emilia (Clarke, the actor behind Daenerys) performing strongly and Tyrion and Theon rising up the charts too.
Old school name resurgence
Apparently lots of parents are dusting off names that were popular in the ’80s – or earlier – with names like Michael, Jason, John, David, Jane, Penny and Emma having a resurgence.
It’s suggested that the turmoil surrounding Brexit and Britain’s top job might be sparking this more traditional trend.
Celebrity inspired names are still proving a hit with Cara (Delevigne), Joe, Jonas, Ryan (Gosling/Reynolds) and Idris (Elba) ranking well.
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Names with links to the natural world are also on the rise. Ivy, Willow, Lily, Robyn, Raven and Sage are all increasing in popularity.
For boys, names with an ‘ie’ ending are doing very well. Think monikers like Charlie, Freddie, Archie and Alfie.
Here’s the full list of the UK’s favourite names of 2019 … so far!
Top 20 names for girls
Top 20 names for boys