THE baby names predicted to be popular in 2020 have been revealed – and some of them weren’t even around ten years ago.
As new parents shift towards unique names for their children, they’re inventing spellings or resurrecting monikers from centuries ago to make their kids stand out.
Website Nameberry has revealed its top ten boys’ and girls’ names set to be big next year.
The website said the selection includes “newly-minted names, rediscovered antiques, plus names imported from around the world.”
They said: “Our top girl names for 2020 feature several choices that feel familiar, yet contain some element that’s new.
“The top boy names of 2020 feature some ancient choices not heard in centuries as well as brand new names.”
Girls’ names most likely to be popular in 2020
While the official list of names has classics Olivia and Olivier at the top, next year is set to see a “radical departure” from traditional names.
For girls, the most popular name is Adah, followed by Reese.
Actress Reese Witherspoon is thought to be behind the surge in popularity, after starring in a new TV show and seeing nostalgia around her iconic role in Legally Blonde.
In third place is Mika, followed by Paisley – which is currently at number 52 in the official list.
Amina and Teagan are next, followed by space-themed names Nova and Aura.
Pearl, a classic from generations gone by, is seeing a rise in popularity followed by Billie, thought to be due to singer Billie Eilish.
Boys’ names most likely to be popular in 2020
For boys the name predicted to be the most popular in 2020 is Austin, also a place in Texas, followed by Alva.
Acacius is an “ancient name” which is set to return, followed by Tate.
Diego and Easton are due a comeback, while Lucius – well known by Harry Potter fans as the name of Draco Malfoy’s father – is also predicted to be popular next year.
Cash, previously a tribute to singer Johnny Cash, Ash and Luca make up the top ten.
Nameberry predicted next year’s most popular names by calculating which names saw the biggest increase in traffic when compared to last year.
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