Names are fascinating. Why is it that some of the most popular baby names from 100 years ago (Elsie, Ivy, Joseph, George) wouldn’t sound amiss on a playground today, while others have gone the way of the dodo (we’re looking at you, Gladys and Leslie)? Were Isla Fisher and Sienna Miller single-handedly responsible for their first names becoming two of the most ubiquitous in the UK, or was there some other factor at work? And will there really be children called things like Nitnis and Jnnn in 2100?
We might not be able to categorically answer those questions – but we can reveal expert predictions for the biggest naming trends of 2017.
Baby name website Nameberry has released a list of the names they’re expecting to be big this year, and they’re a little more out there than your usual Jacks and Sophias.
Nameberry made their predictions based on which names saw the biggest increase in page views in January 2017, compared to stats from January 2016.
In the girls’ corner, Tatjana – a German version of the Russian ‘Tatiana’ – saw a 1508% rise in views, with Alizeh, Tahiti and Rosamund also making the cut.
Tatjana’s trendiness can possibly be linked to Tatjana Catic, a London-based fashion and fitness blogger with 1 million Instagram followers (above), or the ‘90s supermodel Tatjana Patiz.
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Alizeh was the name of a central character (and song) in one of last year’s biggest Bollywood movies, while Rosamund’s popularity can be attributed to actor Rosamund Pike. Why the French-Polynesian island of Tahiti is suddenly being considered as a baby girl’s name is, however, less clear.
Other girls’ names seeing a spike in interest include Moana – surely a consequence of the eponymous Disney-Pixar film released in December – and Ines, the name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ second daughter.
However, while these lists give an indication of the names that people are looking at online, they’re not necessarily guarantee of which monikers will actually be bestowed on unsuspecting children in 2017.
A look at official statistics on the UK’s most popular baby names indicates that British parents tend to be somewhat more traditional when naming their children. Amelia and Oliver were the most popular names in England and Wales at the most recent count, given to more than 5,000 baby girls and almost 7,000 baby boys in 2015 (data from 2016 has yet to be released).
In contrast, Tatjana’s most popular year in recent history was 2002, when just five baby girls were given the name in the UK. Kyd is yet to even show up on ONS statistics – although there were four ‘Kydons’ born last year.
However, with the release of this list, we could see more and more little Gunthers and Moanas running around. See the top ten trendiest names for girls and boys below.
The 10 trendiest girls’ names for 2017
- Tatjana +1508%
- Alizeh +748%
- Tahiti +551%
- Moana +467%
- Ines +338%
- Seren +239%
- Rosamund +237%
- Alisha +178%
- Samara +155%
- Lilian +124%
The 10 trendiest boys’ names for 2017
- Kyd +4141%
- Benajah +2300%
- Sulien +1656%
- Koa +332%
- Gunther +307%
- Cassian +191%
- Beauregard +147%
- Albie +120%
- Isaac +114%
- Lucien +87%
Images: Rex Features