Category: Trends and Predictions

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes super short baby names, football and hockey namesakes, Indigenous Canadian names, and British trends over the last 180 years.

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By Eleanor Nickerson

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are having a baby! Yep, we’ve all been guessing it wouldn’t take long, and now that it’s confirmed, we can start speculating on the prospective royal baby names.

To Royal or not to Royal?

First there is the question of whether or not the couple will/have to/should use a royal name for their child.

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by Sophie Kihm

Do you find it easier to name girls or boys? Traditionally, the name pool for girls has been larger (although options for boys are ever increasing). For some, the plethora of choices for girls makes it easier to find a name they love, while for others the number of options can be overwhelming.

For Jessica Simpson, the girls name pool wasn’t big enough. She borrowed from the boys when naming her daughter Maxwell in 2012. Now that she has another daughter on the way, will we see a similar situation?

This month, many other celebrities announced that they are expecting girls. Kehlani, Teresa Palmer, and Egypt Sherrod are all going to be having daughters next year. And of course the biggest celebrity pregnancy news of the month—Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a baby (although no news yet on whether it’ll be a prince or a princess). Look for Eleanor Nickerson’s expert analysis of their name possibilities coming soon!

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The Most Popular Baby Names of the Future

by Pamela Redmond Satran

What will be the most popular baby names of 2028? Which names will rise the fastest and which will fall? What unexpected names do we see gaining popularity? And what major baby name trends do we see emerging in the ten years ahead?

We analyzed the Social Security data to create projections for the next ten years of baby names. The exclusive lists that follow are based on our statistical calculations.

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Baby Name News of the Decade

By Clare Green

“Mr and Mrs Smith of Townsville name their daughter Emma”…said no headline ever.

Millions of babies are named every year, but only a few of them ever make the news. When there’s something really unusual about a name, or its story, or the parents, or the world’s reaction to it – that’s what makes it newsworthy.

The biggest name stories of the last decade aren’t just about names. They’re about politics, religion, entertainment, sport, technology, global brands, diversity, gender, the weather…all the things that matter to us, captured in a name. Some are fun, some are shocking, and some make us wonder what all the fuss was about.

Let’s look year-by-year at the name stories that have captured the world’s attention over the last decade.

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