Virtuous baby names are going to be a trend to balance out the awfulness of 2017
2017 was, to put it bluntly, a pit of despair filled with misery and disappointment.
So it makes sense that trends for next year are focused on dragging us out of the pit and giving us some hope again – including what we’ll be choosing to name our babies.
Parenting site ChannelMum has shared their predictions for baby names in for the next three to five years, listing ‘modern virtue’ names such as Felicity, Faith, and Hope, as a way for parents to signal their disapproval at the tough year we’ve just had and push for more positive times ahead. You know, because children are the future and all that.
Names including Felicity and Verity have seen a significant rise in popularity, with more than a quarter of mums surveyed saying they plan to give their baby a virtuous name.
Other trends predicted for babies in the new year include space-themed names (thanks, Tim Peake), gender neutral names, and bird names.
Top 8 predicted name trends for 2018:
- Space names such as Luna, Stella, Nova, Orion
- Gender crossover names such as Teddy, Robin and Noel for girls, Carol and Aubrey for boys
- ‘Bad’ boys & girls names such as Harley, Quinn, Ronnie, Reggie, Kato
- Bird names including Wren, Phoenix, Paloma, Birdie
- Virtuous names such as Saint, Hope, Faith
- Botanical Names taking over from flower names – think Ferne, Bay, Basil, Sage
- Names meaning wealthy or money: Ottilie, Elodie, Rafferty, Cash
- Shakespearean names, such as Hero, Balthazar, Ophelia, Juno
51% of the 1,517 expectant parents surveyed have space-themed names on their list of potential names, including Luna, Stella, Nova, and Orion, while two in five parents are considering using a gender neutral name such as Teddy, Robin, Noel, and Aubrey.
Bird names rising in popularity include Birdie, Wren, Phoenix, and Paloma.
Botanical names are starting to overtake typical flowery names, with Ferne, Bay, Basil, and Sage making the lists for 24% of parents, while money and wealth related names – such as Elodie, Rafferty, and Cash – are being picked by one in eight families.
Names predicted to become less popular in 2018:
- Donald (Trump effect)
- Olivia and Oliver
Oh, and literature students, you’ll like this. Shakespearean names are becoming popular again, with the favourites Juno, Ophelia, and Balthazar.
ChannelMum founder Siobhan Freegard said: ‘Choosing a modern virtue name is the ultimate in virtue signalling, showing you believe children really are the future.
‘Many of the modern virtue names are absolutely beautiful and picking a positive name will hopefully carry your child through life with confidence and charm.
‘And space names are a good way to look to the heavens and remind us all that there is more to life than the events going on on earth.’
Most hated name trends:
- Double-barrelled names
- Children named after sports teams
- Unusual spellings
- Families using the same first letter for all their children
- Surnames as first names
- Children named after music stars
- Children named after films – 20%
- Giving a child more than two names before the surname
- Tough names
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