Mumsnet analysed 170,000 posts (Picture: Getty)

This week, the ONS released their list of the most popular baby names of the last year.

Among them were Oliver and Olivia, with both of the similar-sounding monikers taking the top spot for boys and girls respectively.

The rarest names of the year were also released, with a number of absolute crackers in there. Basically, if you know a baby called Noomie or Vulcan, they’re pretty special indeed.

Another great way that the names we call our children can be analysed is via how we talk to our pals online. For mums, that often comes in the form of posting on the forum, Mumsnet.

The company recently analysed 170,000 posts on their platform that were about baby names, and as a result have stratified them into 13 different ‘tribes’.



Mumsnet’s baby name ‘tribes’

  • Divinely inspired, with most popular names including Mary, Joseph, Isaac and Noah
  • Grandparent chic, with most popular names including Dorothy, Wilfred, Ava, Alfie and Evelyn
  • Royal babies, with most popular names including George, William, Elizabeth and Victoria
  • Shortened and sweet, with most popular names including Ben, Katie, Charlie, Theo and Teddie
  • Tried, trusted traditionalists, with most popular names including Olivia, John, Jack, James and Oliver
  • Cautious Celts, with most popular names including Rory, Angus, Siobhan and Caoimhe
  • Disney divas, with most popular names including Elsa, Aurora and Belle
  • Hidden gems, with most popular names including Ruby and Jade.
  • Old schoolers, with most popular names including Sharon, Sarah, Claire, Paul and Keith
  • Last names first, a boys-dominated list with most popular names including Hunter, Tyler and Taylor
  • Super moderns, with most popular names including Bear, Jaxon, Leilani and Canary
  • Classy classicists, with most popular name including Ptolemy, Persephone, Aristotle and Atlas

Given the number of royal babies being born in the last few years, there’s no surprises that people are trying to emulate mini monarchs.

With people’s newfound love of gems, we’ve also seen a resurgence of crystalline names like Agate and Amethyst coming to the fore.

Mumsnet founder and CEO Justine Roberts said: ‘Parents searching for a baby name usually have an idea of the kind of name they’d like, and often they will search within their ‘tribe’ looking for that sweet spot: a name that has good associations, is personally meaningful for them, and is a little bit unusual without being completely off-the-wall.

‘Knowing which names tend to be associated with your ‘tribe’ could be a shortcut to finding a name that’s just the job.’

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