Another year, another (long) list of baby names to consider for your little one.
“The team here collaborates on identifying the trends and some we’ve been spotting and writing about over the preceding year, such as non-binary names and animal names in the middle,” name expert and site co-author Pam Satran told Global News. “Others we check out with data and those can be surprising, such as the rise of names that start with F.”
Satran said names start with F (like Faye, Felix, Fern, Finnia, Flora, Florian, Frances, Frankie, Frederick and Frost), are more popular than ever, beating out other rising consonants like J, K, L and M.
“Old-fashioned F inching up again took us by surprise, but that’s exactly why it’s starting to rise — because it’s been out of fashion for so long that old-school names like Frankie and Flora and Felix and Frederick are starting to sound new again.”
Another letter on the rise is U.
“The forgotten vowel, in the middle, but it’s true that all those U names and that U or OO sound seems to make any name cooler. Luna and Juniper are such unlikely popular names and yet they’re huge for the new generation of babies,” said Satran.
The trendiest names
One of the biggest trends for 2019 is dubbed “global.”
“As the world gets smaller, the pool of names becomes larger, with new names from ever more diverse origins entering the global lexicon,” the report noted.
Monikers under the “global” trend include names from Greece, South America, Korea, India and Israel. These names include:
A new trend, Satran explained, is non-binary names — names that are gender neutral.
“That means no names that end in son like Madison, no names that were originally boy or girl names that have migrated to the other side, such as Charlie,” the report noted. These names include:
Satran said names from Eastern religions and non-European mythology have also become an emerging trend. This could be the result of how mainstream yoga, meditation and non-traditional spiritualism have become. These names include:
Other names included Beckham, Bowie, Ellington, Hendrix, Jolie, Ledger, Monroe and Wilder. Being named after colours is also on the radar — think muted hues like Ash, Fawn, Moss, Sage and Olive.
Satran added gems will be common for both boys and girls, including names like Jasper, Topaz, Opal, Jet and Garnet.
On Tuesday, the Ontario government released a list of the most popular names in the province in the last 100 years. Names included Marie, Mary and Jennifer for girls and Joseph, John and Robert for boys.
When choosing a name for your baby, Satran said to take time to explore why you are drawn to a certain name.
“It’s worth figuring out that maybe you like unusual names because you were one of five Jennifers in every class, or that your partner is insisting on naming your baby after his parents because he’s got an outsized need to please them,” she said.
“Exploring these issues rather than arguing over the names themselves can help you find your way back to a name that represents what’s really important to you.”