Top baby names expected to dominate in 2024

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Top baby names expected to dominate in 2024
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The rise of pop culture-inspired baby names: Barbie, rock icons, and more!

Name experts reveal the top baby names predicted for 2024 – from social media trends to celebrity influences, there has been a big shift in choosing something less traditional.

Selecting a name for your baby is no doubt a daunting task for any soon-to-be parent. After all, this is the name that will stick with your child throughout their life, so it’s crucial to make a choice you’ll be proud of.

It’s clear that there has been a significant change in the types of names chosen for babies over time, with more unconventional and distinctive options becoming popular over traditional ones.

This can be attributed to various factors such as celebrity influence, pop culture references, and even lifestyle trends like “cottage core.” As such, parents are now considering the potential impressions and connotations conveyed by the names they choose.

Parents today are obsessed with choosing the right names to convey the right message. Pamela Redmond, founder of Nameberry, explains that the perfect baby’s name for 2024 will be one that is ahead of the trend, meaningful, and identity-defining. In the next year, experts predict that these baby names will surge.

‘Girl’ names for boys

it has been reported that unisex names are on the rise, but names that would normally be considered girl names are now becoming popular for boys as well. As seen with Rihanna and A$AP Rocky naming their son Riot Rose, and Chrissy Teigen naming her son Wren, this shift has been popular with celebs. The following are predicted to become popular in 2024:

  • Artemis
  • Cleo
  • Lotus
  • Eden
  • Fern
  • Harlow
  • Hazel
  • Jade
  • June
  • Rose
  • Willow
  • Carmen

Feminist names

Experts predict parents are leaning towards feminist names for their daughters – giving a message of strength and femininity. As parents look for powerful meaning in their chosen names, the hugely popular Barbie movie, steeped in feminist messages, is expected to influence their choices. The top feminist names are:

  • Arwen
  • Billie
  • Clover
  • Conley
  • Dahlia
  • Eleanora
  • Guinevere
  • Kiara
  • Lavender
  • Palmer
  • Mavis
  • Melrose
  • Theodora

Grown-up names

The ‘cute’ names might not age well as the baby grows up – as every expecting parent knows, they are choosing a name the baby will have as an adult. There’s nothing unusual about celebrities and influencers choosing babyish names, like Elsie, Mars, and Koazy. Experts predict a surge in the choice of grown-up names, including:

  • Arthur
  • Agnes
  • Betty
  • Cedric
  • Dolores
  • Duncan
  • Florence
  • Georgina
  • Marjorie
  • Ray
  • Stanley
  • Sylvia

Airy, atmospheric names

Are gaining popularity among younger parents, according to experts. Names like Aura, Cielo, and Kylie Jenner’s baby name, Aire, are expected to soar in the coming year.

  • Aero
  • Aire
  • Cielo
  • Ice
  • Lumi
  • Lighting
  • Rain
  • Sky
  • Soleil
  • Snow
  • Storm
  • Zephyr

Naturally glamorous

Names that ooze class and glamour, and the ‘old money’ trend has made them popular, including:

  • Archie
  • Conrad
  • Celia
  • Estelle
  • Gaia
  • Harvey
  • Mabel
  • Magnus
  • Petra
  • Talia
  • Thea
  • Viola

Main character energy

Strong names that will need a strong owner – and parents who want their children to stand out from the crowd. A wide range of eye-catching names is also available.

  • Avalon
  • Catalina
  • Elio
  • Everest
  • Esmerelda
  • Jetson
  • Jiraiya
  • Namari
  • Neo
  • Ophelia
  • Raya
  • Winry

Gentle parenting names

A soft and sensitive approach to a child’s feelings can lead to high emotional intelligence. Thus, parents are looking at mellow and softer sounding names. Examples include:

  • Alba
  • Alfie
  • Casper
  • Clement
  • Ellis
  • Faye
  • Koa
  • Liana
  • Luan
  • Oona
  • Oisin
  • Rhea
  • Willa

STEM names

Have become increasingly popular with parents who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These include:

  • Astra
  • Darwin
  • Hutton
  • Kepler
  • Kuiper
  • Linnea
  • Lumen
  • Moon
  • Mars
  • Nova
  • Octavia
  • Seven
  • Zenith

Ai names

Can also be easily translated and are popular among parents raising multicultural and/or multilingual children. Examples include:

  • Adlai
  • Azakai
  • Jakai
  • Kai
  • Kenai
  • Lorelai
  • Masai
  • Marsai
  • Sai
  • Shai
  • Sakai
  • Zai

Musical icon names

For parents feeling nostalgic, these names are an edgy tribute to some of the biggest stars. Experts believe enough time has passed for names like Elvis to be put on the list.

  • Arlo
  • Cobain
  • Collins
  • Elton
  • Elvis
  • Graceland
  • Joni
  • Joplin
  • Maybellene
  • Nirvana
  • Ozzy
  • Pixie
  • Zeppelin

 

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