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Baby name trends 2018


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Baby names are an ever evolving topic. Naming your baby is one of the most important things you’ll do for them so choose wisely. How do you imagine your baby to grow up and will the name you’re thinking of apply to all walks of life?


Our name is what identifies us as us, for the rest of our lives. Even if you change your name, there will always be a record of your original name somewhere. Our names help differentiate us from our peers. Our names can even be in honour of a loved one, that’s how important they can be.


No pressure but the name you decide to give your baby may even define their life. They also reveal a little bit about the child’s parents.  Research has also been conducted regarding ‘The power of names’ and how much of an impact a child’s name can have when it comes to their own life journey.


So how much do our names matter? ALOT!


Trends come and go but with every trend brings that lone star which will stand the test of time.


Current baby name trends


In the UK the biggest trends at the moment are, old fashioned names, royal names & names of places.


Old fashioned baby names

Who would have guessed there would be thousands of Amelia’s and Oliver’s running around and I mean thousands. Did you know Amelia and Oliver were the most popular first names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2015. Amelia has been the number 1 name since 2011, it is a beautiful name so I can see why so many parents name their beautiful baby girl Amelia.

While Oliver has been in the top spot since 2013. When I was in school, every boy was called either James, Dan, Matt or Dave.

Interestingly, Olivia was the most popular first name given to baby girls born in England and Wales in 2016, replacing Amelia. Hmmm…. Things may get confusing if everyone’s called Oli for short. Although both are so cute and imagine if you have twins!

Let’s have a look at other old fashioned baby names



Girls Names Boys Names
Poppy William
Lilly Charlie
Sophia/Sophie Jack
Isabella Oscar
Eleanor Thomas





Royal baby names


We all love the royal family and as a result, whatever they name their children we love to do the same. In the past 5 years royal names have exploded back into mainstream, thanks to the latest arrivals.


Royal Girl Names Royal Boy Names
Charlotte George
Elizabeth Harry
Victoria Henry
Alexandra Philip



Places baby names

This is a baby name trend growing by the year. Even I named my baby girl after a place, a very small place but a place nonetheless. babynames1


The great thing about naming your baby after a place is that you can go obvious or conspicuous and there’s plethora of choice and inspiration. The Beckham’s really boosted this trend when they named their baby boy Brooklyn back in 1999.


Here are a few popular place baby names but you can just look at a map for endless possibilities. But you don’t have to be limited to countries and cities. You can go further and think of deserts and oceans too.




Place Girl Names Place Boy Names
Paris Paris
London Cuba
India Preston
Sahara Lincoln
Savannah Brooklyn
Florence Loch



About Zena Grantham

About Zena Grantham

Zena is a baking fanatic spending most of her free time dreaming up her next tasty recipe. She has been known to accidentally make people fall off their diet or healthy eating wagon with chocolate cakes!

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