Baby names always have been reflective of the times. During the post-war years, parents opted for safe names that had existed comfortably for centuries. In those turbulent times, thousands of baby girls were christened Mary, Margaret, and Helen, whilst boys varied rather rigidly between Robert, Richard, John, William, and James.
As those years faded and the world became more prosperous and relaxed, new names began to become popular. During the swinging sixties, more experimental names such as Linda, Deborah, and Michelle became commonplace. A few decades later, in the '90s, parents found themselves inspired by pop stars and as a result names such as Brittany and Ashley surged.
In modern times, it's unlikely that you'll meet a baby boy named Matthew, David, or Christopher. Instead, parents of the 21st century are adopting more unique names such as Jayden, Ethan, Logan, Mason, and Liam. Meanwhile, baby girls are being given overtly feminine names that appear to all end in the letter 'A', such as Isabella, Sophia, and Olivia.
However, just like the world of fashion, baby name trends change on an almost seasonal basis. With UNICEF estimating that approximately 353,000 babies are born every day around the world, it's easy to see why expectant parents spend so long choosing a unique name for their baby.
Influenced by celebrities who opt for quirky, often outrageous, names for their offspring (who can forget when Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin named their daughter Apple), the themes for 2019 in baby names is set to be more extravagant than ever.
If you thought Kylie Jenner naming her first daughter Stormi was flamboyant, just wait 'til you hear what the future forecast is in the world of baby names.
Given the current climate of the world - which features some questionable politicians, a more rounded understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, and a desire to be environmentally friendly - there is no doubt that baby names will be more diverse than ever before.
In fact, according to BabyCenter, the world's number one digital parenting resource, the future forecast looks incredibly green, with parents opting for names that fit their vegan lifestyles.
"As fast food and processed snacks lose ground to clean eating and Paleo diets, more Gen Z and Millennial parents are choosing names that reflect their love of healthy foods," a statement explained.
Popular names include Kiwi (which is up 40% in popularity), Kale (up 35%), Maple, and Clementine. Other popular names take inspiration from herbs, such as Saffron and Rosemary. Meanwhile, the name Sage was seeing a 15% surge in popularity as a boy's name.
"Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," explains Linda Murray, BabyCenter's Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience. "In the past, we’d look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today’s parents turn to other sources. We’ve had two decades plus of ‘unique’ names, and anything goes."
In their predictions for 2019, BabyCenter also expects to see more parents naming their children after their favorite material objects, such as sneakers. For example, names such as Chuck and Taylor (names given to Converse shoes) are thought to trend in 2019, as well as Stan and Smith (names for Adidas kicks).
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As the young royals continue to birth new heirs to the throne, it is thought that the name choices could influence popular culture. For example, after the birth of Prince Louis, the name rose 17% in popularity.
Could Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby, which is due to be born in Spring 2019, have a huge impact on baby names as we know them? Given Meghan Markle's more bohemian lifestyle, there is every chance she could break Royal tradition and name the child after a plant!
In addition, parents are taking inspiration from celebrities with unique names that don't negate a particular gender. For example, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks name rose 31% in popularity this year, whilst Drew Barrymore saw a 25% spike.
Some parents are taking a patriotic approach in 2019, which is no surprise given the turbulent political climate being experienced globally. Names such as Tennessee, Memphis, Dallas, Austin, and Nash (short for Nashville) are all on the rise for boys.
Essentially, it would appear that anything goes in 2019 and parents are able to get as creative as they'd like. With that in mind, what would you call your child in 2019?