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What people have been naming their children this year and beyond

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Choosing the best name for your child can be exciting, especially if it’s your first. The name can be inspired by previous generations and tradition, or maybe it’s a mashup of consonants and vowels for the sake of originality.

Let’s explore some of the top baby names so far in 2019 and well…the last century.

2019 (so far)

Because we’re only several months into the year, it’s unclear to say what the most popular names are for 2019 overall. But the year has started with name trends inspired by nature, “Game of Thrones” and ones that are not attached to any gender.

Names inspired by nature:

  1. Colt
  2. Bear
  3. Fox
  4. Falcon
  5. Hawk
  6. Koala
  7. Garnet
  8. Magnolia
  9. Luna
  10. Hazel
  11. Aurora
  12. Amethyst
  13. Emerald

Source: parents.com

Non-binary names:

  1. Arya
  2. Archer
  3. Harley
  4. Elliott
  5. Briar
  6. Campbell
  7. Finley
  8. Journey
  9. Justice
  10. Laken
  11. Revel
  12. Robin
  13. Royal
  14. Story

Sources: parents.com and closeronline.co.uk

‘Game of Thrones’ inspired (with meanings where available):

  1. Arya (aka Arya Stark): Noble
  2. Arianne (aka Arianne Martell): Very holy one
  3. Asha (aka Asha Greyjoy): Life
  4. Brienne (aka Brienne of Tarth): Strong
  5. Catelyn (aka Cat Stark): Pure
  6. Cersei (aka Cersei Lannister): Enchantress
  7. Daenerys
  8. Emilia
  9. Maisie
  10. Gilly
  11. Khalessi
  12. Lianna

Sources: parents.com and closeronline.co.uk

Top names in the last 100 years or so:

Latest data from 1918 to 2017.

For boys:

  1. James
  2. John
  3. Robert
  4. Michael
  5. William
  6. David
  7. Richard
  8. Joseph
  9. Thomas
  10. Charles

For girls:

  1. Mary
  2. Patricia
  3. Jennifer
  4. Linda
  5. Elizabeth
  6. Barbara
  7. Susan
  8. Jessica
  9. Sarah
  10. Margaret

Source: Social Security Administration

You may choose to go with one of the names above … or not! Whether you value unique names or are more comfortable with the traditional route, remember that deciding on a name should be a thoughtful but fun process.