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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you think? Are you a fan of these trends?
Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.