Brilliant Baby Names You’re REALLY Using
Another year, another batch of utterly brilliant Babyberry names!
So far this year, 175 new arrivals have been announced by our international community of friends and followers: 105 girls and 70 boys.
The beautiful baby names our Berries choose never fail to delight us, but this year’s picks have been especially impressive — not just in style, but in sheer variety too. There have been a staggering 324 unique names registered this year, and less than 40 repeats.
The care, creativity and individuality evident in each and every name announcement we read is one of the real joys of running Nameberry, so a huge thank you to all who have shared them with us. And congratulations to all the proud new parents of 2019!
Below, you can find a breakdown of the baby names our members chose in 2019 — and the trends we’re looking out for in 2020.
Berrybaby Girls: the stats
The most popular girl names overall in 2019 were Violet (5 uses), Rose (5) and Phoebe (3). No real surprises there: all rank in, or just outside, the current Nameberry Top 50 — although Rose and Phoebe are not in the US Top 100… yet.
The most popular first name for girls was an eight-way tie: Anouk, Juniper, Lucy, Margot, Phoebe, Susannah, Theodora and Violet were all given twice in the first name spot. However, Lucia and Lucille were also used once each, making the “Lucy” family of names particularly well-loved.
Rose and Violet were the most popular middle names for girls, with 5 and 3 uses respectively. In fact, despite being the joint most popular girls’ name overall, Rose was only given in the middle slot. Other middle names used more than once were Clementine, Grace, Joy, Rosemary, Valentine, Wren and Wynn.
Proving that Berrybaby names tend to err on the quirky side, popular classics like Alice, Catherine, Charlotte, Elisabeth and Emma were all among the girls’ names appearing just once in 2019. Some of the year’s most unique picks included meaningful middles like Darling, Ivaloo, Mallardee and Rikaart, and quirky nature names like Peregrine, Waterlily and Zinnia.
Berrybaby Boys: the stats
The most popular boys’ names overall in 2019 were Arthur (5 uses) and Atticus, Charles, James and Jude (3 uses each). Again, all rank in the current Nameberry Top 50 — although Arthur, Atticus and Jude are still well outside of the US Top 100.
Again, there were plenty of popular picks among the boy names used only once by our members in 2019: contemporary classics like Benjamin, Christopher, Daniel, Thomas and William. Some of the most unique choices we spotted included obscure mythological picks like Pellinore and Telemachus, as well as novel nature names like Everest, Rigel and Woods.
Top Nameberry Trends 2019
Next-Gen Nature Names
In the year of Greta Thunberg and the school climate strikes, it’s only natural that nature-inspired baby names are still huge.
For girls, quirky bird names like Lark and Wren, Sparrow and Peregrine proved popular — and Jessica Simpson named her 2019 daughter the even more obvious Birdie. Fresh fruit and flower names like Clementine, Dahlia, Marigold, Plum, Primrose and Zinnia also joined other bold botanicals, like Meadow and Prairie, on the girls’ list.
Gender-Bending Word Names
Big, bold word names like Wilder and Valor have been popular with the Berries for a few years now… for boys. But those names appeared on the girls’ list this year. And boys named Fox and Wolfe were joined by others with more serene word names, like Love, Pax and Zen.
Could the nation’s love affair with two-syllable surname names ending -er or -son finally be coming to an end?
“New” Old Names
The trend for vintage baby names is evolving! We’ve spotted plenty of real rarities being revived by our members this year: from clunky-cool, old-school picks like Augusta and Ambrose, Bernadette and Barnabas, to retro revivals that certainly feel ahead-of-the-curve in 2019: Lorraine, Diana, Gerald, Homer, Kenneth, Ross…
Not Your Normal Nicknames
Nicknames as given names are only rarely used by Berries on the birth certificate (examples from this year include Bea, Kit, Lola, Niko, Rue and Tommy), but we’re seeing more and more birth announcements with built-in nicknames, like Kieran Culkin’s new daughter Kinsey Sioux “Zissou”.
Big, Bold Middles
Rose and Arthur may have been the most popular individual middle names this year, but they were more than eclipsed by the number of daring and downright extravagant middle names given to Babyberries in 2019: Belphoebe, Eowyn, Guinevere, Waterlily, St John, Llewellyn, Fitzwilliam and Pellinore, to name but a few.
Of course, there are still almost two weeks of 2019 left — plenty of time to get your own baby name announcement to us, if you haven’t already. You can share your choice on our Forums, or over on our Instagram page (#berrybabynames). We’d love to hear from you!
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on December 19th, 2019 at 10:34 pm
All of those are gorgeous names, and I see some of my favorites in there! Congrats to all 2019 babies for getting such fantastic appellations.
on December 20th, 2019 at 2:17 pm
I love seeing Zinnia getting some love.
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