Category: baby name trends 2012
For most people outside of the UK, “British Names” are typified by the old Victorian legacy of Empire and afternoon tea, or the ethereal mystery of ancient Celtic folklore. The stereotype often favours rarefied aristocratic favourites such as Percival and Araminta, or tongue-twisting indigenous Gaelic choices like Aonghus or Caoimhe.
If you look at the most popular names that are actually used in Britain today you will see a much more varied picture. Like other Western countries there is a large influence from film and television, a popular cult of celebrity, and a growing awareness of global fashions (yes, we have many Neveahs and Jaydens, too). And yet, even in our modernised naming practices, British trends still manage to make a subtle nod to history in a style that feels quite unique.
Question of the Week: What do you foresee as the biggest name trends of 2012?
Looking into your crystal ball, what genres of names do you see rising in popularity?
Is there a particular style that will come to the fore?
Will names from some period of the past start to return?
Is there a vowel or beginning consonant that will predominate?