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Top Lockdown Names Are Simple, International, and Heroic

May 31, 2020 Pamela Redmond
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Lockdown names – baby names favored by parents during the past three months of global quarantine – share three distinct qualities. They’re simple, they’re international, and they’re inspired by heroes.

In an analysis of Nameberry’s Top 500 names for the past three months of global lockdown, we found 82 that attracted at least 20 percent more views than statistically expected. Nearly all of the top lockdown names are sleek and simple, internationally diverse, or connected to a strong heroic figure, trends we expect to continue after the lockdown ends.

The very top lockdown names, like Number 1 Luna, carry all three of those qualities. An uncomplicated four letters, Luna is the Latin word for moon, charts highly in a range of countries from Spain to Sweden, and is the name of a Roman goddess.

The Number 2 quarantine name Maeve is the one-syllable name of an Irish warrior queen.

The top lockdown name for boys is the Italian Enzo, a variation of the German Henry, which means “estate ruler.” The straightforward Enzo is mega-popular in Spain and France and is quickly climbing the charts in England and the US.

Top Lockdown Names

Popular names on Nameberry for the three months of lockdown that are simple, global, and either honor a heroic figure or carry a powerful meaning are:

Alma

Aura

Dante

Eva

Gaia

Juno

Layla

Mila

Niamh

Nyla

Remy

Rhea

Rory

Other top-ranking names during the lockdown months from each category are:

Simple Names

During these difficult times, it makes sense that parents are attracted to sleek, short, simple names. Why complicate life further with a name that’s complicated to spell or pronounce or write?

The simple names winning high marks during the lockdown period are:

Arlo

Aster

Ava

Briar

Ella

Hope

Kai

Leo

Lola

May

Mia

Micah

Mira

Nova

Vera

Zara

Zeke

Zora

International Names

Our global consciousness has been heightened during the pandemic, as citizens all over the world face the same dangers and strictures. The international names gaining popularity among our readers have distinctly non-English roots but have found favor in many Western cultures.

Althea

Amelie

Angus

Astrid

Brielle

Callum

Caspian

Chloe

Cressida

Elena

Eliana

Elowen

Gabriella

Natalia

Raphael

Vihaan

Xavier

Heroic Names

Names of mythological heroes have been gaining in popularity in recent years but have really taken off during the pandemic. Names of ancient and modern heroes along with those that have powerful meanings may help arm a child born during these difficult times with enduring strength.

Andromeda

Apollo

Ariadne

Ariel

Artemis

Athena

Atticus

Azariah

Calypso

Cassiopeia

Delilah

Dylan

Flora

Freya

Hermione

Irene

Minerva

Persephone

Reuben

Names with Positive Meanings

A handful of names taking off in popularity during the lockdown are appealing because of their inspirational meanings or symbolism. These are:

Birdie

Celeste

Daisy

Esther

Lucas

Finally, there are two names exploding in popularity on Nameberry that you can take as ironic or a dark joke.

One is Lucifer, which has the uplifting meaning of “light-bearer” but the dark association of being the name of the archangel cast into hell.

And the other, of course, is Corona.

 

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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