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8 Hidden Treasure Baby Names

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hidden treasure baby names

By Eleanor Nickerson

As a Name Nerd, I eat, breath and dream names. They are omnipresent for me, and I can’t go a day without turning something around to names in my mind (or in conversation if those around me are unlucky enough). Here are some of the names that were rattling around my mind the past few weeks for various reasons. 

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Scottish baby names

By Eleanor Nickerson

This March saw the official statistics for Scotland released for 2015. Once again, Emily and Jack were the number one choices – Emily for the second year running, and Jack for the eighth – and overall very little change to the top 10 names.

The largest rise within the Top 100 went to Jaxon and Jackson for boys and Aria, Willow and Harper for girls.

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British Naming Trends of 2015

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British name trends 2015

By Eleanor Nickerson

As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2015.

The 2014 British Name Trends of ‘ar’ sounds and surnames which I wrote about last year are in full swing. Arlo has been prolific in British birth announcements, meanwhile Cooper, Carter, Parker, Hunter, Lincoln (for boys) and Harper and Darcey (for girls) have continued to rise.

But other trends are beginning to emerge this year, and some are definitely ones to watch out for:

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B2-QUEENBESS

By Eleanor Nickerson of British Baby Names

Brits love diminutives. We use them, often automatically, to shorten names in a familiar way, and they have been essential for centuries as a way of distinguishing individuals with the same name. We love them so much, many of them have now been elevated into full-name status, and happily litter the Top 100.

The most common are two-syllable, ie/y-endings we know and love well; Isabelles are Izzy, Olivers are Ollie, Katherines are Katies and Fredericks are Freddies.  But more and more, parents are looking to a more brisk and quirky style of diminutive. Edwards are often Ned, rather than Eddy; several Henrys are Hal, and Christophers are the striking Kit rather than Chris.

With this niche trend in mind, here is a rundown of some one-syllable diminutives that have become overlooked since they were developed in the Middle Ages. Several of them, perhaps surprisingly, were unisex.

Bess

In the 16th century Bess was a popular nickname for Elizabeth. You could almost say that it was the diminutive for the name, as the most famous bearer, Elizabeth I, was known fondly as “Good Queen Bess“. It began to lose favour in the 18th century, but was revived as Bessie in the 19th. In some instances, Bess was also used as a diminutive for Beatrice.

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UK baby names

By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

It’s official! (At last!) The #names in 2014 for England and Wales were Amelia and Oliver.
Amelia managed to maintain its #1 spot for the fourth year running, and Oliver for the second year.

Overall, the Top 10 a pretty conservative, barely moving, especially for the boys.

New to the Top 100 are Ellis, Joey, Jackson, Thea, Darcie, Lottie, Harper, Nancy and Robyn.
These replaced Evan, Aiden, Cameron, Niamh, Paige, Skye, Tilly, Isobel, Maddison and Madison which fell out of the top 100.

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