Choosing a baby name can be hard, after all your baby will have their name all through their life and it could shape the way people think of them. Picking a name doesn’t have to be stressful, remember you have a good few months to think about it!
Amelia has been the top girl’s name for three years running rising in popularity from 9th in 2009. For Boys Jack has returned to the top spot replacing 2012’s favourite Harry. Jack has been very popular over the last 20 years and was top for 16 years until Oliver knocked it off in 2010, quickly replaced by Harry for 2011 and 2012.
Since the Millennium (see chart below) there has been a lot of changes in what is popular, for girls the most popular name at the turn of the century was Chloe which has fallen out of favour down in 17th place. The third most popular name Megan has also dropped all the way down to 45th. Emily remains very popular along with Jessica both staying in the top six. For boys Oliver has jumped to from 13th to the second spot (first next year perhaps??). Interestingly adaptations of older names such as ‘Alfie’ and ‘Riley’ have made a comeback. If you’re interested in seeing how your chosen name has been in popularity over time this tool lets you track its popularity since 2000. this tool lets you track its popularity since 2000.
Most popular names at the Millennium
Looking way back to 1904 not many names are still in the top ten. For girls not a single name from the 1904 top ten is in the current top ten. For boys there are a couple however with Thomas and James making it into both top tens. There are a couple of similar names, in 2012 Charlie is the forth most popular whereas in 1904 Charles was seventh. Likewise in 1904 Alfred was the eleventh most popular name and in 2013 Alfie was sixth..
1904 top 10 names for girls and boys
So what does this mean for your baby? Would you be tempted to do something different and have the confidence to pick one off the 1904 list? Or perhaps put a different spin on an old name like the Alfed/Alfie names?
Pick a name that lasts
Remember you aren’t just picking the name of your baby, you are picking the name of your child, and your teenager, who will of course grow into an adult, perhaps a parent and even a pensioner. There is often an urge to give a cute baby name which may sound fine for your cute baby but perhaps not the best for an angry teenager!
Double check what you pick
Your child will thank you for this one in the future! Say the name you want out loud with surname and middle name if you have one. Does it sound like any rude or insulting words? Think about the initials as well and put yourself in the mind of a particularly mean schoolchild (I’m sure you will remember one or two from your school days) and see what you can come up with. Remember some children can be both very creative and very mean!
Have a meaning
Sometimes it is nice to pick a name based on a special meaning. Most traditional names have meanings, have a look at this handy guide from Bounty to find out the meaning of popular names.
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