Choosing a baby name for your little one can feel like a monumental task – especially as it will be with them throughout their life.
More than half of parents admit they struggle when it comes to naming their children, according to a JoJo Maman Bebe study. Around one in three want their child's name to be unique.
Meanwhile, the same number opt for something sentimental. This could be why vintage options are re-surging in popularity – perhaps as people pass them down the family generations.
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Old-fashioned names like Betty are making a comeback – as shown by Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's newest family member born last February. And baby name consultant Colleen Slagen revealed vintage-sounding monikers like Margot and Goldie have been trending too.
So what are the other options that should be on your radar if you're welcoming a newborn next year? Here's what the parenting experts had to say, as outlined by WalesOnline…
- Cal (Callan, Callum, Calvin and Cal)
Baby name consultant Colleen shared other key trends to look out for in 2024…
Colleen says: "These older names appeal to parents who are searching for timeless charm. They also feel both unique and familiar, which is something a lot of parents are seeking in a name. They want their child's name to both standout and fit in. They want a name that feels sweet but ages well and older names check all these boxes."
Nature and nicknames
Colleen explains: "We are seeing (and will continue to see) a variety of trends which reflect the name diversity of the newest generations. Trends that are only getting hotter include nature names such as Willow and River or nicknames as given names such as Archie or Sam. Names with traditional and modern elements, for example, surnames such as Finley and Addison are having a huge moment.
"Another up-and-coming trend we are seeing is virtue names, also known as grace names which express cultural values such as Faith, Chastity or Grace. The recent trend of cottage-core which romanticises rural life has impacted name trends, with cottage-core names such as Autumn and Cedar on the rise.
"Two names I have my eyes on for 2024 are August and Margot."
Sign of the times
Colleen said: "Both ultra-feminine names and masculine names for girls are rising with the emergence of bold feminism. Many parents want to pick a versatile name that will fit their child's persona no matter who they turn out to be, whether that's a name that is considered gender-neutral (Tatum) or a name with a nickname that has a very different vibe than the given name, like Frances to Frankie for a girl."
TV shows help parents choose cool names too. Colleen explained: "TV shows often impact naming trends as it's a great place to find name inspiration through a beloved character, and often a place to discover fresh/unique names. Hearing the unique name of a TV character adds an element of familiarity that helps the name feel wearable and accessible to the average person. We are seeing this with the show Yellowstone having a huge influence on cowboy names like Dutton and Kayce."
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