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Has the Pandemic Changed Your Choice of Baby Names?

October 29, 2020 Sophie Kihm

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we go about pretty much everything, from school to socializing. Has it also changed the way we name our babies?

At the beginning of the pandemic, we talked to expectant parents who told us COVID-19 was influencing the way they thought about baby names. Names such as Cove and Coco were being abandoned in favor of those with positive, significant meanings such as “courage” and “sunshine.”

Alanna and Keith Shore initially loved many C names, including Coco and Calvin, but crossed them off their list for their resemblance to the words COVID and corona. They welcomed twins named Nico Gianna and Jasper Graham in May.

Evelyn and Mikey Wong chose the meaningful name Colette Ming-An for their daughter, born in July. Colette means “people of victory,” and Ming-An means “clear and bright peace,” which resonated with the couple as a symbol of strength. “Our hope is that we never forget these tumultuous times during which she was born, that they make us better people and set the course for her,” Evelyn told us.

Now that we’ve been living with COVID for the better part of a year, we decided it was time to ask: Has the pandemic affected your choice of baby names? Let us know in our survey below.

About the author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.

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