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Baby Name Trends: Technology and more

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes name ideas from books and technology, babies named after hospitals, and trends in Ireland and the Isle of Man.

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The Hottest Nickname Names of 2018

by Sophie Kihm

We’ve taken a hint from the Brits, as nicknames are being used as given names more and more in the US each year. Liam outranks William, Lily is more common than Lillian, and names like Bella, Jack, Ellie, Eli, and Sadie are all in the Top 100.

These nicknames are all cool, but they’re not hot. A hot nickname is one that is climbing quickly, rising fifty or more places in the Top 1000. Nicknames often become hot thanks to pop culture references or due to similarities to other popular names.

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by Sophie Kihm

The most exciting celebrity baby news of the past few weeks has undoubtedly been that of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s little prince. Archie Harrison does not have any family names, but his middle name honors Dad—Harrison literally means Harry’s son.

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by Abby Sandel

When the new US popularity data comes out, we all look for certain things. Are we still naming our babies for Game of Thrones characters? (Most certainly yes.) How about the royal family? (Meghan, I’m looking at you.)

But there’s a quieter trend to watch, something that happens in the 1910s and the 1950s, and one that we still see today: classic baby names cycle in – and out – of fashion.

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Popular names: Nameberry vs US

by Sophie Kihm

The top names of 2018 were recently released, reflecting the names parents chose for their children born last year. At Nameberry we compile our own Top 1000 based on the most popular names on the website. It’s updated every month, so it’s a year and a half ahead of the US Top 1000. And since the Nameberry Top 1000 is determined by views, not by babies who receive the names, it looks fairly different from the US Top 1000. Let’s compare!

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