Choosing the perfect name for your precious baby is a big task, it will be with them for the rest of their lives and will become a big part of their identity – no pressure right!?
Finding a name you AND your partner can agree on, doesn’t bring back memories of someone from school you used to hate, your family and friends love it, it's easy to spell, has potential for a cool nickname, sounds good with their surname, isn’t too common but also not too obscure and will suit your new arrival who you haven’t even met yet or might not even know the gender of… Eeeek! We did warn you it was a tough decision.
But don’t worry, you’re in luck. We have rounded up the top baby name trends for 2020 to make sure you’re ahead of the curve and to help you with the decision-making process. Trends of names fit for royalty to gender neutral names are sweeping the top baby name lists for 2020. Keep reading for the perfect 2020 baby name inspiration...
A top trend for this year is going to be gender neutral names, perfect for parents who want to keep the gender of their baby a surprise until they are born, or perhaps for those that just want something a little different for their little one.
River – Although River has traditionally been favourable as a males name, in recent years we have seen it growing as a girls name too.
Remi – This name has French origins and is the perfect gender neutral name
Charlie – This name has been used for both boys and girls for years but it’s still a popular favourite.
Wren - Despite being a small and delicate songbird, the wren was considered ‘king of the birds’ according to early folklore, giving the cute creature an air of hidden strength.
Bailey – Bailey is growing in popularity for it’s gender neutral qualities.
Taylor – Taylor was originally an English surname that quickly became mainstream as a first name and it’s easy to see why.
Short but sweet
Research shows that in recent times baby names are getting shorter – people are becoming favourable to short and sweet names with four letter becoming the ideal. Here are our predicted top short but very sweet 4 letter names for 2020.
Luna – Originally meaning the “moon” and thanks to celebs such as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, this original name is at the top of most baby name lists for 2020
Mila – Russian for “dear one” there is no wonder this short but sweet name is gaining popularity.
Liam – Liam is commonly associated with being a strong-willed warrior and protector.
Noah – With biblical origins this name has been a popular favourite for centuries, but we predict a spike this year thanks to the short name trend.
Luke – A form of Lucas, meaning “light giving”, plus a nod to Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.
Rose – The delicate and romantic flower is proving a popular short baby name this year.
Zane – The name Zane is a name meaning “God is gracious”.
Classic and traditional
Parents are increasingly looking back at centuries gone by for inspiration and choosing more traditional and classic names for their little ones. These are some of our personal favourite timeless names that we think parents will be loving this year too.
Christopher – Christopher is an evergreen classic name that has been popular for generations.
Victoria – The name Victoria is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "victory".
Benjamin – Benjamin is a traditional name that parents have been choosing for the little ones for years.
Alexander – Alexander the great anyone? This certainly is a great traditional name for your little one.
Eve – Thanks to it’s Adam and Eve biblical meaning, Eve is a traditional name that parents are still loving today.
Penelope – A very traditional name but with modern twist thanks to celebrities such as Penelope Cruz.
Add a splash of colour and brighten up your little one’s baby name by choosing a baby name that is often associated with a colour. We have seen a rise is names otherwise known as colours, perfect for those looking for something a little more colourful!
Amber - A gemstone known for its striking honey-yellow color
Violet – A gorgeous light purple, this name is perfect for any little girl. Also, a popular flower which has meaning of love and a good luck symbol for women.
Hazel – Rising in popularity, Hazel is one to watch!
Ruby – Taken from the name of the gemstone ruby. Plus, it’s the birthstone for the month of July.
Jade – Known as a bright green gemstone, Jade has been a name of top baby names for years, but we expect to see a rise thanks to the colour trend expected to hit in 2020.
Ash – Ash is Hebrew for “Happy”.
What better way to introduce your little prince or princess into the world than with a Royal name? With the recent royal weddings and birth of new royal babies, we have seen a surge in parents naming their little ones after the Royal family.
Archie - The name means to be genuine, bold, and brave. But unsurprisingly this is tipped to become a popular name thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan’s new arrival being called Archie.
Louis – The newest addition to Prince Williams family is the adorable Louis.
Meghan – While the traditional spelling of “Megan” is in decline, this alternative spelling of the name has surged in popularity since the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Charlotte – The name of the second born child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Charlotte has become another popular name due it’s royal connections.
George – The gorgeously cheeky son of Prince William and Kate has inspired many new parents.
Elizabeth – This is of course the name of our glorious longest reigning Queen.
Pippa – Thanks to her sister’s marriage to Prince William and the role in their wedding, the name Pippa has seen a spike in popularity over recent times.
Harry – A regular favourite in the top baby name lists, but with the 2018 Royal wedding to Meghan Harry has had a boost up the charts.
We can all admit to being a little obsessed with TV and boxsets with the help of Netflix, so it is no wonder that in 2020 baby names are increasingly being inspired by everyone’s favourite characters from top TV series and films!
Elsa – Main character from the smash it Frozen and with Frozen 2 hitting the cinemas we expect this one to stick around.
Flynn– The male lead from another Disney favourite, Tangled
Serena – Made popular by one of the leading female characters in Gossip Girl, Serena van der Woodsen
Arthur – Arthur Shelby is the eldest of the notorious Shelby siblings from the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders
Ada – Another Peaky Blinders favourite, this time the name of Ada the fourth and only female of the Shelby clan
Jackson - Jackson Nathaniel "Jax" Teller is the main protagonist on the series Sons of Anarchy.
Elijah – From the cult favourite TV show Vampire Diaries, the name of Elijah has rocketed in popularity since the 1990s.
Jasmine – Of course, the Disney Princess from Aladdin film, but thanks to the recent reboot in 2019 we expect it to be a popular choice for 2020.
The most important thing is to choose a name that you and your partner both love. It is true that once you see that gorgeous face of your new born baby you will know the perfect name for them. For now, just have fun browsing all those baby name books.