BABY names may come in and out of fashion like the changing of the seasons, but so far this year there’s been a clear top ten when it comes to naming your little bundle of joy.
Nameberry have released their five most searched names for boys and girls on their site so far this year, and some interesting choices have climbed in popularity to reach the top spots.
Traditional names like Matilda and Charlotte have been pushed aside for girls, with Posie, a vintage name that has never ranked in America’s top 1000 list of most popular names, taking the top spot.
For boys, the ancient name Milo has been slowly climbing in popularity since 2001, and is currently the number one most searched name for boys.
The two monikers attracted the majority of the sites 11 million views so far this year, with this week marking the first quarter of the year over.
Here the Sun Online looks at the remaining names in the top ten and what they mean.
Top names for baby boys
- Mil0 – meaning ‘soldier’ or ‘merciful’, the Greek name is the number one most searched
- Jasper – has risen in popularity since the Twilight films and means ‘bringer of treasure’
- Atticus – set to be the next Oliver, this classic name comes from novel To Kill A Mockingbird
- Theodore – derived from the Latin for ‘God’s gift’, the moniker can be shortened to Theo
- Asher – a Biblical name, Asher means ‘fortunate, blessed or happy’ in Hebrew
Top names for baby girls
- Posie – alternatively Posy or Mariposa, the name derives from an old-fashioned flower
- Isla – some say it’s Scottish while others, Spanish, but either way, it means ‘island’
- Olivia – one of the most popular names in the world, the moniker means ‘olive tree’
- Aurora – meaning ‘dawn’ in Latin, it was popularised by Disney movie Sleeping Beauty
- Maeve – Irish for ‘she who intoxicates’, the classic name can also be spelt Maebh
Nameberry also dubbed Olivia and Jack as the popular names that are likely to survive the decades, with Charlotte and Oliver chasing behind.
Vintage and even ancient names like Freya, Cassius, Cora and Henry have also increased in popularity over the last few years and could be fighting to clinch the top spot by the end of the year.
Imported names from other countries, including Finn, Amara and Aarav take to the list too.
And literary names like Adah and Esau from the bible, Ophelia or Hamlet from Shakespeare, George Elliot’s Silas and Philip Pullman’s Lyra make the current top 1000.
When it comes to baby names, everyone is talking about what Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will name their little one, with the bookies suggesting it could be Elizabeth.
While these mums revealed the baby names they hate because they’re ‘too common’, including Oscar and Matilda.
But this name certainly isn’t common, as a woman named her daughter Disney.