The most popular baby name trends for 2019

What’s hot this year

Content Editor / January 07 2019

The upcoming baby name trends for the coming year have been released and there are some very interesting and exciting predictions.

The editors at baby name website Nameberry say there’ll be a huge trend towards colour-inspired names and gem-inspired names.

Other popular trends include gender-neutral names, names relating to Eastern religions and philosophies, old-fashioned names for boys, short and sweet names, animal-themed names, globally inspired monikers and of course celebs will continue to have an influence on how people name their babies too.

Here are the 10 leading trends in baby names for 2019.

1 Colour-inspired names

Classic girl names such as Scarlett, Violet and Ruby will take a back seat to softer hues, such as Ash and Grey/Gray. Here are the top 10 predictions.

Ash
Lavender
Olive
Fawn
Lilac
Sage
Gray/Grey
Mauve
Ivory
Moss

2 Gem-inspired names

What could be sweeter than naming your child after a precious jewel? While these are mostly reserved for little girls, there are a couple of options in here for boys too.

Amethyst
Emerald
Garnet
Jasper
Jet
Onyx
Opal
Peridot
Sapphire
Topaz

3 Gender-neutral names

Parents wanting to raise their children without traditional gender stereotyping may wish to consider a gender-neutral moniker. The non-binary name predictions for 2019 include the following.

Briar
Campbell
Finley
Journey
Justice
Laken
Revel
Robin
Royal
Story

4 Eastern-inspired names

Spiritual names are overtaking popular Biblical names as parents look to Eastern religions and philosophies for inspiration. Names such as Bodhi have been popular for some time but there are a few interesting new additions too. Whether a name like Zen will produce a chilled-out little Buddha baby remains to be seen though!

Asherah
Bodhi
Kali
Lakshmi
Manu
Osiris
Raiden
Rama
Tanith

5 Old-fashioned names for boys

Vintage names for boys are growing in popularity, with old-school names such as Johnny, Buddy and Billy regaining popularity. And interestingly, in direct contrast to trendy Eastern names or unusual names favoured by celebs. This may just be our favourite trend so far.

Ace
Billy
Buddy
Buster
Hank
Ike
Jimmy
Johnny
Sonny
Spike

6 Short and sweet names

A refreshing alternative to lengthy double-barrel first names such as Amelia-Rose or Sophia-Grace, short, three-letter names will lead the pack in 2019. Here are some of the minimalist names we can expect to see soar up the charts this year.

Hal
Ida
Jem
Kit
Koa
Liv
Lux
Rex
Rio
Van

7 Animal-themed names

Animal names are often popular choices for middle names, but 2019 may see the following names moved to first position. With Buddy Bear, Jamie Oliver is ahead of the pack with not one but two names from the 2019 trend list.

Bear
Falcon
Fox
Hawk
Koala
Lion
Lynx
Otter
Tiger
Wolf

8 Globally-inspired names

As the world gets smaller and travel becomes more accessible, it’s no surprise that parents will continue to be inspired by the trips they’ve taken and the places they’ve visited when it comes to naming their offspring. But forget naming your kid after major cities, like Brooklyn or Chicago, these names are more obscure and usually inspired by ancient languages to make them a little more unique and meaningful.

Acacius
Aroha
Cyrene
Jedda
Kiran
Lautaro
Lior
Niabi
Sena
Walken

9 Celebrity surname names

While celebs have always influenced the baby names list, either with their own monikers or those of their offspring, this trend sees parents taking celeb surnames for their children’s first names. Think Bowie, Ledger and Monroe. Here’s the top 10 predictions for 2019.

Beckham
Bowie
Ellington
Hendrix
Jolie
Ledger
Lennon
Lennox
Monroe
Wilder

10 Names beginning with the letter F

According to baby name experts, monikers beginning with the letter F are surging up the charts, with names such as Finn and Frankie leading the way. Here are some of the other names we can expect to see this year.

Faye
Felix
Fern
Finnian
Flora
Florian
Frances
Frankie
Frederick
Frost

What do you think? Are you a fan of these trends?