So we know that Oliver, Jack, Muhammad, Sophia, Emily and Lily are rocking the top of the baby charts this year, but what is going on in the rest of the world and how will this affect the names we choose here in the UK? Check out these top five name trends, articulated by the lads and ladies over at Parentdish.co.uk:
Continental trends: Many of the newer names in the top 100 seem to have drifted across the Channel – recent UK top 100 baby names Lola, Mia, Leo, Hugo, Sofia, Emilia and Louis all make the top 10s of France, Germany or Holland. Expect to see other baby names that are trending among our European cousins, like Lucas, Elias, Mattias, Sara and Anna.
1990s America: Austin, Seth, Madison – notice anything about these names which have recently cracked the UK top 100? They were all highly popular in the US during the 1990, so it’s not surprising that the generation of parents who grew up during the Beverley Hills 90210 era would turn to them. Expect to see other classic 90s ‘high school’ names, like Brandon, Tyler, Justin, Victoria, Brooke and Alexis.
Quirky biblical names: Noah, Ethan, and Isaac have been popular baby name choices for baby boys for years now, but it seems that parents are ready to dig deeper into their Bible. Seth, Reuben and Elijah have already joined them in the top 100! Expect to see Ezra (moved from 599th in 2003 to 295th most popular in 2013), Isaiah (448th to 273rd) and Eli (499th to 134th).
Plant names: With Violet, Poppy, Lily, Daisy, Ivy and Willow all among the top 100 girls’ names in 2013, it seems parents are going wild for flower and plant names. As the names listed above become firmly mainstream, parents will be on the lookout for similar names yet to be discovered. Potential options include Clover, Rosemary and Iris.
Vintage European names: Leon, Max, Louis, Leo, Albert and Frederick were all in the UK top 100 this year, suggesting a growing fondness for names that evoke the glamour and elegance of interwar Central Europe. Expect to see: Otto and Ernest have both made steep gains over the last few year – other European stalwarts that mare creeping up to join them include Rudy, Emil and Maximilian.