Olivia and Muhammad top the list of the most popular baby names of 2019

Plant-inspired baby names were a big deal this year (Picture: Getty)

As we near the end of the year, it’s time to look back over 2019.

We’ll get to all the weird trends and cultural moments that happened over the last 12 months in a bit, but now let’s chat about the big topic: baby names.

As always, BabyCentre has gathered all the data to reveal the top 100 baby names of 2019, to give us all a flavour of what we’re calling our offspring in modern days.

In all honesty, the number one names really aren’t shocking – both Olivia and Muhammad have been in the top ten for years (Olivia was the top name in 2018, while Muhammad was in eighth place last year) – but it’s always interesting to see which names are gradual risers, which ones have burst on to the scene, and what trends and influences are coming into play when it comes to the big decision of what to call our children.

So, let’s cover the trends for the year first.

BabyCentre suggests that all our ecoanxiety and a desire to get back to nature has made parents go for ‘eco-conscious’ names inspired by plants. Forrest, Eden, Ivy, Rowan, Willow, Holly, Jasmin, Iris, and Olive were all on the rise this year, while environmental heroes David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg provided a boost for both of their first names.

The World Cup might have had a hand in the rise in popularity of certain girls’ names, inspired by the Lionesses.

Rising in popularity were quite a few names shared by the team, including Lucy (Bronze), Ellen (White) and Karen (Carney, Farley and Walker), while Fara (Williams), Jill (Scott) and Kim (Little) all appeared for the first time this year. Parents also looked to Scottish players Erin (Cuthbert), Lana (Clelland) and Fiona (Brown), and some of the better-known American soccer players Megan (Rapinoe) and Carli (Lloyd).

The Lionesses gave us some inspiration following the World Cup (Picture: Getty)

In terms of entertainment, musical films such as the new Lion King, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Rocketman had an influence, with Simba appearing in the top 100 for the first time, the number of babies named Nala quadrupling, Freddie remaining in the top ten, and Elton making its debut in the top 100 for boys.

A Star is Born was a big hit, boosting the names Ally and Jaxon (or Jackson or Jaxxon, however you want to spell it).

Parents sticking to more literary influences went for names not from new releases but enduring classics, such as Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory), Nancy (Drew), Katniss, Lyra, Jemima, Luna, and Hermione.

And apparently parents are opting for longer names rather than those impactful single syllables. Frederick, Benedict, Kingsley, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Alexander, Zachary, Bartholomew and Gabriel were all on the rise, with Theodore climbing 22 places to number 41.

Lorna Marsh, BabyCentre senior editor, said: ‘Is the trend for short and sharp boys’ names finally on the wane? This is definitely one to watch in 2020.’

Okay, now for the top 100. Brace yourselves for a lengthy list of names – but keep an eye out for the steady non-movers Olivia and Sophia, rising Ava, which knocked Amelia down to place four, and surprise newbies Freya and Isabella.

The highest chart riser this year is Fatima, landing at number 57, followed by Zara, which rose 33 places.

Top 100 new entries included Nur at number 45, Hallie at number 68 and Delilah at 88. These new entries came at the cost of Felicity, Elena and Victoria, which were shoved out of the charts.

For the third year running Muhammad is the top name for boys, with Noah in second place and Leo taking over Oliver in spot three.

New royal baby name Louis raced 65 places up to number 26, but other royal babies aren’t so trendy, with George, Archie and William all moving down in the charts.

The top 100 girls’ names in 2019:

  1. Olivia
  2. Sophia
  3. Ava
  4. Amelia
  5. Isla
  6. Lily
  7. Mia
  8. Emily
  9. Isabella
  10. Freya
  11. Aria
  12. Ella
  13. Evie
  14. Grace
  15. Isabelle
  16. Ivy
  17. Rosie
  18. Sophie
  19. Willow
  20. Charlotte
  21. Poppy
  22. Elsie
  23. Emilia
  24. Sienna
  25. Phoebe
  26. Ruby
  27. Hannah
  28. Evelyn
  29. Zara
  30. Florence
  31. Maya
  32. Luna
  33. Eva
  34. Darcie
  35. Emma
  36. Mila
  37. Chloe
  38. Daisy
  39. Alice
  40. Layla
  41. Matilda
  42. Harper
  43. Molly
  44. Ellie
  45. Nur
  46. Eliza
  47. Zoe
  48. Sarah
  49. Thea
  50. Bella
  51. Ada
  52. Maisie
  53. Jessica
  54. Millie
  55. Lucy
  56. Violet
  57. Fatima
  58. Scarlett
  59. Maryam
  60. Penelope
  61. Holly
  62. Erin
  63. Anna
  64. Eleanor
  65. Robyn
  66. Imogen
  67. Lottie
  68. Hallie
  69. Harriet
  70. Aurora
  71. Esme
  72. Lola
  73. Amber
  74. Iris
  75. Maria
  76. Jasmine
  77. Bonnie
  78. Abigail
  79. Amelie
  80. Clara
  81. Ayla
  82. Annabelle
  83. Gracie
  84. Rose
  85. Georgia
  86. Summer
  87. Arabella
  88. Delilah
  89. Elizabeth
  90. Lara
  91. Leah
  92. Kiara
  93. Myla
  94. Nancy
  95. Eden
  96. Orla
  97. Heidi
  98. Martha
  99. Penny
  100. Ariana

Top 100 boys’ names in 2019:

  1. Muhammad
  2. Noah
  3. Leo
  4. Oliver
  5. Charlie
  6. Harry
  7. George
  8. Arthur
  9. Freddie
  10. Jack
  11. Theo
  12. Oscar
  13. Jacob
  14. Ethan
  15. Alfie
  16. Jaxon
  17. Thomas
  18. Joshua
  19. Henry
  20. Lucas
  21. Archie
  22. Max
  23. Isaac
  24. James
  25. Adam
  26. Louis
  27. Elijah
  28. Teddy
  29. Aiden
  30. Finley
  31. William
  32. Alexander
  33. Luca
  34. Daniel
  35. Logan
  36. Liam
  37. Jayden
  38. Tommy
  39. Harrison
  40. Reuben
  41. Theodore
  42. Arlo
  43. Elliott
  44. Dylan
  45. Ryan
  46. Mason
  47. Joseph
  48. Sebastian
  49. Samuel
  50. Caleb
  51. Kian
  52. Yusuf
  53. Albie
  54. Ollie
  55. David
  56. Zachary
  57. Nathan
  58. Riley
  59. Rory
  60. Hugo
  61. Edward
  62. Hunter
  63. Ezra
  64. Benjamin
  65. Toby
  66. Jude
  67. Luke
  68. Carter
  69. Gabriel
  70. Grayson
  71. Kayden
  72. Alex
  73. Reggie
  74. Finn
  75. Ahmad
  76. Matthew
  77. Jesse
  78. Bobby
  79. Frankie
  80. Myles
  81. Roman
  82. Michael
  83. Kai
  84. Connor
  85. John
  86. Blake
  87. Matteo
  88. Ali
  89. Eli
  90. Ibrahim
  91. Harvey
  92. Aaron
  93. Evan
  94. Jenson
  95. Stanley
  96. Harley
  97. Jason
  98. Leon
  99. Levi
  100. Lewis

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