If you are thinking of calling your baby Cordelia, Archer, Silas or Milo, you’re in good company.
Popular website Nameberry has released its list of the most-searched names of 2014 so far – and it looks like it may be a year of unconventional monikers.
Imogen for girls and Asher for boys have held on to the number one spots after dominating searches last year.
Silas, Jasper and Milo have made their way into the top 10 for boys, while traditional Claire is the only new entrant in the top 10 for girls. But Cordelia for girls and Archer for boys might not be far off the list, with searches for those names rising the fastest.
The list is based on the number of views of each name on Nameberry for the first half of the year. It doesn’t show what parents have actually called their babies, but signals which names they’re considering before their baby is born.
There were close to 200,000 views of Imogen, a Shakespearean name popular in England. There were almost 150,000 views of Asher, a Biblical name meaning fortunate or happy.
But according to McCrindle Research, Imogen was the 34th most popular name given to girls in Australia last year. And despite being a popular name to search, Asher didn’t crack the top 100 of names actually given to boys.
Nameberry says Ellie, Adeline, Ruby, Knox, Bodhi, Soren and Wyatt are also leaping ahead in popularity. But girls’ names Hadley, Everly and Merdia, and boys’ names Jayden, Gray and Aiden, fell from favour with the sharpest drops in views.
Parents-to-be have been getting plenty of inspiration from Hollywood, with Khaleesi (Game of Thrones), Elsa (Frozen), Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars) and Katniss (Hunger Games) making it into the top 100 for the first time this year.
Top 10 for girls
Top 10 for boys