The latest top baby names list has some surprise contenders

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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.

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.

And speaking of Archie, names with royal links are holding steady in popularity. Charlotte, Grace, George, Harry, and Henry all popped up in the top rankings.

Here’s the full list of the UK’s favourite names of 2019 … so far!

Top 20 names for girls

  1. Olivia
  2. Sophia
  3. Lily
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isla
  7. Amelia
  8. Freya
  9. Isabella
  10. Emily
  11. Aria
  12. Evie
  13. Grace
  14. Isabelle
  15. Ella
  16. Ivy
  17. Sophie
  18. Willow
  19. Charlotte
  20. Elsie

Top 20 names for boys

  1. Muhammad
  2. Noah
  3. George
  4. Oliver
  5. Charlie
  6. Harry
  7. Leo
  8. Arthur
  9. Jack
  10. Freddie
  11. Jaxon
  12. Ethan
  13. Jacob
  14. Theo
  15. Oscar
  16. Alfie
  17. Henry
  18. Archie
  19. Joshua
  20. Thomas


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