Predictions for next year’s most popular baby names have just been revealed by parenting website Emma’s Diary – and a certain prince has possibly been quite influential…
3,500 women due to give birth in 2018 were asked their opinions on a list of potential baby names in order to compile the list.
Harry topped the list for boy’s names – potentially influenced by Prince Harry, Harry Potter or even Harry Styles. The most popular girl’s name was Olivia – a perennial feature in popular names lists.
Both lists combined traditional names with more modern selections – George, Jack and Oliver were picked alongside Logan for boys, with Isla and Ava in the top ten girls names alongside always popular classics like Emily and Grace.
Names ending in A – Isla, Ava, Amelia, Sophia and Freya to name a few – also dominated the girls’ list.
“We can see a real royal influence in the names selected for 2018 – interestingly, George and Charlotte were both ranked in the top 20 most popular names,” said Faye Mingo, Marketing Director at Emma’s Diary.
“Olivia and Oliver continue to remain popular amongst parents-to-be, as do traditional and biblical inspired names such as Jacob and Noah.”
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Earlier this year, research also found a list of baby names that were in danger of becoming extinct. BabyCentre found that names including Ian, Mildred, Edna and Gus had not been registered at all during 2017 – so if you want to give your baby a truly unique name, perhaps you can find your inspiration there.