COVID Impacts Baby Names
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing what and how parents name their babies, according an exclusive new Nameberry survey.
About 12 percent of the 132 survey participants who are trying to conceive, are expecting, or have welcomed a child in recent months say the pandemic has affected the baby names they are considering.
Cora and Cove Off the List
Ten percent of respondents actively looking to name a child during the pandemic say they’ve crossed names that sound like coronavirus or Covid, most notably Cora and Cove, off their lists.
Until the pandemic, Cora was a name heading straight to the top of the most popular girls’ names list, ranking at Number 71 in 2019. Cove is a trendy nature name that jumped 43 percent from 2018 to 2019 in the standings for baby boys. We expect to see both Cora and Cove will likely see a decline in use in the 2020 data.
Strong, Spiritual Names Thrive
Names with positive meanings or emotional ties are more appealing post-pandemic for more than ten percent of the active namers. Expectant parents said they’re now more interested in names with positive meanings such as peace and happiness, or names that convey positive physical attributes, such as strength and health.
Half of all participants who said the pandemic has changed their approach to baby naming are now thinking about names that honor loved ones. The names of mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles have been added to expectant parents’ lists.
Other active namers are now considering modern hero names, such as Jacinda — as in Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand — and heroic names from Greek mythology, including Orion, Perseus, and Persephone.
Has the pandemic affected your choice of baby names?