The few people who know what they will name their babies as soon as they find out about the pregnancy are lucky. The rest employ various strategies to create a unique name or at least give their bundles of joy an untraditional name.
The methods include asking family and friends for opinions, considering initials and possible nicknames, combining first and last letters of different names, reading Greek mythology, looking up at the sky for inspiration, working on separate lists and then shortlisting the names both parents picked. The tactics are endless.
The reality is expectant parents don’t have to worry so much. Their child will grow up and be able to legally change his or her name to whatever he or she pleases, including a name as unusual as Facebookdotcom Forwardslash-Mountaindew UK.
Although this is an extreme example, more and more people, at least in the UK, are applying to have official documents with their chosen names. In 2015, more than 85,000 people did so, more than double the number from 2005.
Cultural traits often play a role in baby name trends, research has found. Until about five years ago states neighboring states with similar views also share the same baby names. For example, people in Southern states like the same names, as do people in big states such as California, New York and Florida.
The ranking of baby name trends for boys and girls is based on data provided by Nameberry, a popular guide to baby names. The names are the most viewed on the site, not names actually given to newborns. The data “measures which names the site’s visitors, mostly expectant parents, are most interested in,” said Pamela Redmond Satran, Nameberry’s co-creator and CEO. The list represents baby name trends across the world because the site’s audience is 55% from the United State,10% from the United Kingdom, 10% from Canada and Australia, and the remaining 25% from every country in the world. The list is as of November 15, 2018.