‘Baby names’ is always topical amongst mums and dads – why? Well, because every parent has to name their baby; this never changes. And a name is a big deal; it bears a character – as prescribed by the name givers and as time passes, by the person so named.
Whilst Oliver and Amelia have ruled the UK charts for the past few years, trends change and Pamela Satran, the woman behind the website Nameberry.com and author of several name books has predicted the names of the future in a fabulous new list.
Want to know what your grandchildren will be called? Check it:
You’ll probably have picked up on the ‘nature theme’ – Everest, Beach (‘Beach’ for beach lovers and ‘Beech’ for forest lovers), Nile, Freesia and Oceana. Another strong theme is mythology – the likes of Romulus, Nero, Apollo, Minerva, Thisbe, Persephone.
So how does one come up with a list like this – is it just guess work? No. Satran says that the origins of names, the sounds that are attracting people and pop culture influences are analysed and interpreted in light of the future.
And looking at the list, Ripley and Rocco were strong contenders when naming my now 2-month-old son. We also spent ages looking at mythological names. If my thinking is representative of the minds of others, the predictions on the list might come true sooner rather than later!
What names on the list stand out to you – as either ‘best’ or ‘worst’?