If you’re happy and you know it: 20 of the happiest baby names

We all know you can train your brain to be happier, but it turns out – you might not need to!

According to psychologist Dr David Holmes and a study done by pakmag.com, there are certain names that are typically associated with happier personalities. 

So perhaps you might want to take a look at the names below like Craig, Nigel, Fiona or Vicky if you want to have the most joyful child. 

Top ten happiest boys’ names

  1. Joshua
  2. Jason
  3. Matthew
  4. Terry
  5. Barry
  6. Stan
  7. Ian
  8. Craig
  9. Nigel
  10. Christopher

Top ten happiest girls’ names

  1. Judy
  2. Stephanie
  3. Linda
  4. Pam
  5. Pat
  6. Fiona
  7. Paula
  8. Susan
  9. Isobel
  10. Vicky

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But on the other end of the spectrum, there are some “unhappy” baby names you may want to avoid.

So it might be bad news for the likes of Alfie, Tim and Ben.

Top ten ‘unhappy’ boys’ names

  1. Ben
  2. Andrew
  3. Edward
  4. Tim
  5. Owen
  6. Bob
  7. Dennis
  8. Ray
  9. Alfie
  10. Jeremy

It seems if your name is Olivia, Tanya or Jessica (whoops!) you’re not going to be off to the best start in life – through no fault of your own, mind you!

Top ten ‘unhappy’ girls’ names

  1. Lynn
  2. Charlotte
  3. Tina
  4. Amy
  5. Tara
  6. Sam
  7. Alex
  8. Tanya
  9. Jessica
  10. Olivia

But never fear, the most successful names have also been revealed. And because many parents believe that a child’s name can affect how far they’ll go in life, choosing one is something to be taken seriously. 

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The top ten most successful first names are …

  1. William and Victoria
  2. George
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Richard and Alexander
  5. Thomas
  6. David
  7. Harry
  8. John
  9. Oliver
  10. Olivia

We’re sensing a bit of a royal trend here! I wonder if Meghan or Kate will be on next year’s list?

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