Boys, Girls

These are the baby names Netmums reckon will be huge next year

Are you expecting a baby in the coming months and stumped as to what to call your newborn?

Want to pick a name which ensures your son or daughter will be amongst the trendiest in the playground?

Parenting forum Netmums has drawn up a list of the 48 baby names they predict will be huge in the coming months.

Some of them are old-fashioned names, popular with our grandparents which are making a comeback, others are new ones we didn’t even know were names.

And, unsurprisingly, a couple have been influenced by celebrities.

Boys’ names:

Arlo – of English origin and thought to mean “between two highlands”.

Otis – German, meaning “wealthy”.

Milo – another German name which has been gaining in popularity in recent years and means “merciful”.

Theodore – Greek, meaning “God-given”

Grayson – traditionally a surname, it is now being used as a first name and literally menans “son of the reeve” – a reeve was an official with local jurisdiction under the king.

Axl – from Scandinavia, it means “father of peace”.

Marcel – widely used in France.

Henley – of English origin, meaning “high wood”.

Isaiah – this biblical name means “God is my saviour”.

Jacob – another biblical name becoming more popular.

Rex – making a comeback after decades of being out of fashion, it is Latin meaning “king”.

Noah – a Hebrew name meaning “rest” and “comfort”, popularised by the the man who built the ark.

Logan – Scottish boy’s name coming from the place Port Logan.

Walter – this hasn’t been used for decades but is now back in fashion.

Toby – once short for Tobias, now a name in its own right.

Eddie – a shortened version of Edward, now it is also a name in its own right.

Wyatt – another surname now used as a first name.

Julian – at one time this looked like falling out of use, but is now being adopted by parents again.

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Girls’ names:

Aria – this translates as “air” in Italian.

Willow – taken from the name of the tree.

Sylvie – an old-fashioned girl’s name which is making a comeback – it means “spirit of the wood”.

Emilia – another traditional name which is stilll a firm favourite with parents – it’s rising in popularity as an alternative to Emily or Amelia.

Hettie – a super cute and modern alternative form of Henrietta.

Nora – another old-fashioned name making a comeback.

Layla – of Egyptian/Arabic origins.

Maya – from Indian mythology, it is the name of the goddess Devi, the consort of Shiva.

Thea – of Greek origin, it means “goddess” or “godly”.

Lola – a diminutive of the Spanish girl’s name ‘Dolores’.

Harri – a cute feminine variation of the boy’s names Harry or Henry.

Luna – the Latin word for “moon” is proving popular with parents in 2018

Zoey – a twist on ‘Zoe’, this Greek name means “life”.

Chloe – meaning “blooming” or “young green shoot”.

Maisie – a Scottish form of Margaret.

Sophia – meaning “wisdom” and “skill”.

Freya – Scandinavian meaning “lady”.

Stormi – set to be huge after Kylie Jenner chose this for her daughter with Travis Scott.

Meghan – Welsh, now hugely popular after a certain Royal bride.

Harper – originally a surname and someone who plays the harp, it is gaining in popularity after Victoria and David Beckham chose it for their only daughter

Penelope – a girl’s name coming back into fashion after decades of not being used.

Bella – often used as short for ‘Arabella’, this is now a name in its own right

Ones we’re not sure if they’re boys or girls’ names:

Quinn – a Gaelic name, suitable for a boy or a girl.

River – another gender-neutral name which has risen in popularity since Jamie and Jools Oliver named their youngest son River Rocket.

King – widely used in Amercia, but gaining in popularity in the UK now

Nova – Latin, meaning “new or young”.

Mason – traditionally used for boys, recently it has also been given to girls as well.

Fox – not just an animal, now a name becoming increasingly popular.

Blaine – originally a Scottish surname, now gaining popularity as a gender-neutral name.

Dalston – a trendy area of east London, but now also a hip baby’s name.

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