Celebrities like the Beckhams are renowned for choosing unusual names for their off-spring and today’s parents are quick to follow a trend in a bid to make sure their choice of baby names stands out from the crowd. Harper, the name the Beckhams chose for their young daughter, is by far and away the biggest climber in the girls’ list, rising 67 places to number 77 in the girls Top 100 list. Obi, Atlas, Hero and Nero are among the weird and wonderful boys’ names. The odd monikers appeared on a list of names given to babies in 2014, which also includes Royal, King and Thor, as in the Norse God from the Avengers film and Sandor from Game of Thrones TV drama.
Incredibly old fashioned girls’ names such as Hilda, Edna, Dilys and Doris, which hark back to WWII, are also making a slight comeback after years of lying dormant. Among the other odd boys’ names are Dyson, like the vacuum cleaners, Muse, as in the band and Memphis as in the birthplace ofElvis Presley.
E4’s reality show Made in Chelsea has clearly been in the forefront of many parent’s minds as has I’m A Celebrity, with Hugo (as in Taylor) and Ollie (as in Locke) climbing well along with Kian, after last year’s IAC winner, Kian Egan. The trends emerged from Bounty Parenting Club’s annual report of names handed out to 370,000 babies who were born in the UK this year. Baby name trends can change quickly and names that first seem unusual can quickly become common in the classroom.
Just a couple of years ago Ava and Isla were relatively unheard of as a baby girl’s name, yet now they regularly feature in the top ten. Likewise for boys, a decade ago the names Jacob and Noah were rarely considered and now they are in the top ten as parents look beyond previously traditional biblical names like Matthew, Luke and Adam.”
- Bounty (http://www.bounty.com) is the UK’s largest parenting club, providing information, support and products for young families throughout the four key-life stages: pre-birth, birth, toddlers and pre-school.
- Data for the Bounty Word of Mum survey was collected via online questionnaires between 20th and 28th January 2014. A total of 1,030 mums with young children responded to the online survey.