Choosing a name for your baby can be a tough decision to make. It’s even harder if you work in an industry with children. Name associations play a huge part in many people’s perceptions of a name and it can impact strongly when deciding on a name for your baby.
There are some interesting events that are occurring in 2015 that are said to influence the popularity of certain baby names. Parents are starting to steer away from common or irregular spelt names such as Kylie, Summer and Luke and are moving towards old fashioned names that have history, meaning and substance like Oscar, Frank and Victoria.
The 100 year anniversary of the Anzacs is set to cause a rise in popular military names. Boys names that are likely to be popular include Jett, Gunner, Simpson and Lance. Military girls names such as Winston, Scout, Marine and Navy are said to appear more throughout the year.
The changing times are phasing out the baby names that were popular 20 and 30 years ago and are being replaced by names that were in fashion over 100 years ago. Old fashioned boys names like Frank, Oscar, Henry, Walter and Charlie are increasing in popularity along with Victoria, Gloria, Evelyn, Clara and Stella for the girls.
Baby names ending with an ‘O’ are also set to be popular this year with a rise of names for both girls and boys that either end in an ‘o’ or sound. Names for boys including Leo, Theo and Milo and for girls names such as Willow, Indigo, Harlow, Marlow and Shiloh will increase in popularity.
With all of this in mind, it’s easy to get confused about choosing a name for your baby. The most important thing to remember is that a baby’s name does not predetermine their behaviour, likeability, popularity, intelligence or looks. If you love a certain name but have a particular feeling about it because of a past experience, try to imagine your baby growing up with that name. It might just change your mind.