We love a New Year at Lolly & Ted. We especially love trying to guess what the big trends will be in baby names. Of course, we have a good idea of the most popular names from when our lovely customers order personalised baby gifts, so let me share with you what our team think will be the most popular baby names in 2019 and what trends we might see.
Let’s start by looking at the top baby names for girls and boys in 2018. A variety of baby websites and our own order books agree that there was little change at the top; Olivia is the most popular name for girls in the UK for the third year running. Sophia is a close second place with Amelia in third spot. Lily, and long-time favourite Emily take fourth and fifth. Ava, takes sixth – it wasn’t even in the top 100 back in 2000 according to one website – and Isla seventh.
At Lolly & Ted, we’ve also seen popularity in the names Isabella, Mia and Evie.
And for the boys?
Muhammad takes the top spot again for a second year with Oliver a close second and Noah third. Thanks to a royal wedding and royal babies, George and Harry have also become popular again.
Here at Tedquarters, we’ve also created personalised baby gifts for children named Leo, Charlie, Jack and Alfie this year.
Is that with a ‘k’, an ‘x’, ‘y’ or ‘z’?
We’re also seeing a trend for different spellings of baby names too. Parents are choosing to create a unique spelling of a traditional name by replacing letters. For example, Karolina, Maizie and Jaxson, which according to one website, is now more popular than the original spelling of Jackson.
So, what are the big baby names for 2019?
1. The Disney effect
Lots of animated films and TV shows have influenced baby names over the past few years, whether it’s Elsa or Anna from Disney’s Frozen (the sequel is out in 2019) or Peter (Rabbit) and Jemima (Puddleduck) from the Peter Rabbit film… although we don’t think we’ll be seeing any requests for Flopsy or Mopsy on a personalised baby gift any time soon! Disney’s Toy Story 4 is released in the summer with popular characters Woody and Jessie.
2. Going Old School
In recent months there’s also been an increase in popular names from the 80s like David, John and Michael, and one website predicts that new parents this year will look back another decade for inspiration, so we expecting to create personalised baby gifts for popular 70s names like Jason, Christopher, John, Michelle, Amy and Melissa.
3. Destination Baby!
Naming a baby after a city, suburb or country has been popular for some time – Dallas, India, Paris and Florence, although perhaps David and Victoria Beckham probably started the trend of naming a child after a suburb (Brooklyn). We think that new parents next year may look to name their child after a favourite holiday destination or favourite place to visit. Think Devon, Rio, Orlando for boys or Charlotte, Valencia or Skye.
Whatever you choose, we’ll be ready to personalise your luxury baby gift. Have a happy 2019!