From the traditional, to the extremely unusual, we look at the names that have proved popular in 2014 as well as inspiration for what to call your own baby-to-be
Choosing a baby name is one of the most exciting parts of expecting but also steeped in importance; after all, your little one will carry it with them for the rest of their lives. Luckily, there are literally endless options to choose from with recent inspiration including royalty, Netflix series and even the title characters from 19th century novels. We review some of the most popular names of 2014 and reveal what’s to come in the New Year.
FIT FOR ROYALTY
Following the much-reported arrival of Prince George in 2013, the classic name enjoyed a brief spike in the popularity. However regal names William and Edward conversely experienced a decrease over the past 12 months. With another royal baby due in July 2015, royal names are set to rule yet again. Elizabeth, Diana and Alexandra are currently considered likely choices in the case of a little princess, while John, Charles and James are the leading options for a prince.
In 2013, Disney’s Frozen was released and became an instant sensation. Perhaps all those renditions of ‘Let It Go’ have had a subconscious effect, as parents began naming their children in 2014 after the film’s star characters. The lead, Elsa, proved the most popular, entering into the top 100 names for the first time. It’s not just films that have made an impact, television shows have also been wielding influence with names from Scandal, House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black significantly increasing in popularity. ‘Piper’ from the latter saw an incredible rise of 267% from last year, according to the Baby Centre.
ONE OF A KIND
Millennial celebrities have a penchant for thinking extremely far out of the box, giving their children exotic, and sometimes almost unimaginable names. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin kick-started the trend with Apple, while Suri, Shiloh and Harper Seven followed soon after. In 2014, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling brought us nineteenth-century inspired Esmeralda Amada, straight from Victor Hugo’s novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Not all celebrities pick unheard of names, in fact some of the A-list even look to yesteryear for inspiration, choosing charming traditional names popular in generations past. Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac recently named their baby daughter Rose Dorothy, her second name an homage to Scarlett’s grandmother. Similarly, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck opted for Violet, while Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis called their son Otis Alexander.
Words by Elizabeth Harper