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Fashion Runways Set Hottest New Name Trends

February 28, 2020 Emma Waterhouse
fashion baby names

High fashion baby names: they’re the naming equivalent of crochet crop tops or big, bushy brows. Exciting, edgy… and appealing enough to hit the mainstream sooner than you might think.

And since it’s Fashion Week season, we’re bringing you our twist on the very hottest trends to watch out for in 2020 and beyond.

We’ve looked to the top trends from the “Big Four” Fashion Weeks (that’s New York, London, Milan and Paris, for the uninitiated) and picked out six key styles that are set to go from catwalk to kindergarten class lists everywhere before the decade is out.

Choose one of these stylish names now, and you’re sure to be a trendsetter — but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

1. Sustainability

If there’s one word that defines the past few years, it’s sustainability. Greta Thunberg has shot to international fame, and climate activism has well and truly entered the cultural and political mainstream.

Fashionable baby names that reflect this concern with the natural world include uncommon nature names, bohemian baby names, and even some little-known names that literally mean “green”.

Here’s a selection of the coolest:

Acacia
Banyan
Celadon
Coco
Delta
Fern
Forest
Indigo
Larkspur
Linden
Maple
Ocean
Pax
Roscoe
Saffron
Sequoia
Tigerlily
Wilder
Zephyr
Zinnia

2. Feminism

Yes, feminism is no longer just for girls! (And neither are these fabulous feminist names for boys).

#MeToo was something of a turning point for popular feminism — and now even Dior is flashing giant neon signs reading “Patriarchy Kills Love and “When Women Strike The World Stops” over their latest catwalk show.

Feminist baby names include heroine names belonging to great female pioneers and activists, as well as girls’ names with strong meanings.

Here are some of the most iconic:

Angelou
Astor
Austen
Cady
Douglass
Earhart
Eliot
Emmeline
Garrett
Justice
Kahlo
Malala
Ngozi
Parks
Simone
Sojourner
Thaddeus
Valentina
Wilding
Woolf

3. Post-Gender

Gender is a hot topic at the moment: remember when dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster declared “they” its Word of the Year for 2019?

And the move towards gender-neutrality isn’t just evident in the pronouns we’re using and the clothes we’re wearing, but in our baby names, too. The number of babies given truly unisex names (those with no more than a 35/65 gender split) is up well over 50% compared to a decade ago.

Check out our unisex names homepage for the best popular, unique and truly gender-neutral choices. Here are some of our favorites:

Aquila
Bellamy
Bodhi
Campbell
Emory
Ezri
Hollis
Indy
Kit
Mika
Milan
Monroe
Palmer
River
Rumi
Sage
Sailor
Valentine
Yael
Ziggy

4. Punk and Rebellion

But who says the prevailing spirit of anti-establishmentarianism needs a specific label? (Well, people who don’t want to have to spell that, for a start!)

Punk has been one of the major trends of the season — and there’s a punk-inspired baby name style to suit everyone. From badass names with rebellious meanings, to steampunk baby names, to punky princess names, here are some of the best:

Agatha
Andromeda
Artemus
Blaise
Byron
Domino
Fausto
Fox
Harlow
Mallory
Maud
Moxie
Minerva
Neo
Ransom
Salome
Tempest
Verne
Vesper
Zenobia

5. Glitz and Glamour

It’s a given with haute couture really, isn’t it? Old-school glitz and glamour never goes out of style — and the same goes for baby names, too.

Vintage names have long been big, but today’s most stylish choices hark back to the Roaring Twenties — the Jazz Age — and to the Golden Age of Hollywood.

These choices feel gloriously glamorous, but not gaudy:

Amaryllis
Bardot
Calloway
Celeste
Christabel
Delphine
Ellington
Evangeline
Fitzgerald
Gable
Garland
Gatsby
Honor
Lucille
Marilyn
Mirabelle
Seraphina
Temple
Valentino
Zelda

6. Storybook

Another twist on the vintage trend — but storybook style is softer, sweeter, more nostalgic. Think puff sleeves, Peter Pan collars, and plenty of ruffles and frills.

And when it comes to storybook baby names, where better to look for inspiration than to actual storybooks? The best thing about baby names from children’s books is that they come with so much character and personal meaning already built in. There’s no going wrong with a name you’ve loved since you were six years old!

Here’s a selection of our favorites:

Alice
Arrietty
Avonlea
Beatrix
Benjamin
Charlie
Clover
Dorothy
Edmund
George
Huckleberry
Hugo
Matilda
Milo
Nancy
Peter
Stanley
Velvet
Wendy
Wilbur

Which are your favorite high fashion baby names? Which is your favorite single trend? Let us know below!

About the author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse — better known as @katinka around these parts — joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from where to find a cool vintage boy name to why some names become popular memes. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active Forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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