These nineties baby names are making a comeback – and it could be down to Harry Potter
THE nineties remains an inspirational decade when it comes to music and fashion.
But now popular baby names from the era are set to make a comeback, according to a new survey by Mumsnet.
The online parenting forum has put out a forecast ahead of the annual Office of National Statistics’ announcement on baby names – and it appears the Harry Potter movies may have had an influence on parents’ choices.
When shown a list of the top boys and girls names from 1994, 57 per cent of respondents loved or liked the name Daniel and 49 per cent felt the same towards Emma.
In 1994, Daniel ranked fourth (it’s currently 28th) and Emma was eighth (now 53rd).
In the Harry Potter film franchise, the lead character is played by Daniel Radcliffe (born in 1989) and actress Emma Watson (born in 1990) plays Hermione Granger.
Edging ahead of Daniel and Emma are the names James – number two in 1994, now number 12 – and Charlotte – number four in 1994, now number 12 – both liked or loved by 63 per cent of respondents.
Actor James Phelps plays Fred Weasley, co-owner of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, in the film franchise.
Potentially the rise in popularity of the name Charlotte is down to Princess Charlotte, the middle child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The name Samuel was also loved or liked by 49 per cent of survey respondents, followed by Luke (47 per cent) and Hannah (45 per cent).
Samuel ranked at number nine in 1994 (now number 24), while Luke was number eight (now 59) and Hannah was number five (now 57).
In the Harry Potter films, Fred and George Weasley’s best mate Lee Jordan was played by an actor called Luke Youngblood. There’s also a character is the series called Hannah Longbottom who was in the same school year at Hogwarts as Harry.
In contrast, some popular girls’ names from 1964 are at risk of dying out altogether.
Diane (number nine in 1964) is loved or liked by just 8 per cent, Tracey (number six in 1964, with alternate spelling ‘Tracy’ at number 11) by just three per cent and Sharon (number 10 in 1964) only 3 per cent.
Of all the girls’ names from 1994 and 1964, Tracey and Sharon were the two respondents said they would be least likely to use if they had a baby girl tomorrow.
Nationwide, out of almost 700,000 babies born in 2016, there were just 30 Sharons, six Traceys and six Dianes.
Boys’ names from 1964 have a bit more sticking power.
Andrew remains fairly popular, with 45 per cent saying they love or like it, while David, Michael and John put in respectable showings with 35 per cent, 28 per cent and 25 percent of “love or likes” respectively.
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The biggest loser is Ian (number eight in 1964), which was loved or liked by just 9 per cent today and actively disliked by 76 per cent.
In July we told how the unpopular 90s name Gareth is making a comeback, thanks to England’s World Cup success under manager Gareth Southgate.
Meanwhile the name Nigel is at risk of becoming extinct.