The most popular baby names of 2019 have been revealed

Parents are choosing 80s inspired monikers for their babies [Photo: Getty]
Parents are choosing 80s inspired monikers for their babies [Photo: Getty]

The most popular baby names of 2019 so far have been revealed, and it seems new parents are throwing back to the Eighties.

Yep the decade that brought us shoulder pads and mullets is now having an influence on what we name our little ones.

The naming bods at parenting website BabyCentre have been busy analysing the baby register to find out what names new mums and dads have been choosing for their minis.

Whether they’ve had their monikers picked since childhood or they just want to be reminded of their youth, it seems many new parents are choosing to rewind to the 80s.

But before you wonder if a new generation of little Kevins will be running round the pre-school playground, the eighties-inspired monikers making a come-back are a little less divisive. (Sorry anyone named Kevin).

David has hopped up the popularity list soaring 15 places to number 60.

Meanwhile Hannah has climbed 11 places, from 33 to 22. Michael and Penny have also seen a spike, jumping to number 60 and number 97, respectively.

Other popular 80s names parents are choosing include Jason, John and Emma.

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Lorna Marsh, senior editor at BabyCentre, said parents could be opting for throwback names in an attempt for familiarity and stability in the midst of such an uncertain political climate.

“We are seeing a real rise in strong and stable names, especially those with a 1980s twist,” she said.

“Whatever anyone’s thoughts on that decade’s politics, they were at least more settled.

"Perhaps this is why parents of baby Michaels and Maxines are compensating for the current turmoil with solid 80s choices.”

But it isn’t just the decade of back-combed hair and leg warmers that’s inspiring parents, it seems popular TV programmes like Game of Thrones are having an impact too.

Both Arya and Daenerys, appeared on the list (Spoiler - maybe before the latter burned down an entire city).

Meanwhile character names Tyrion and Theon have seen a rise in popularity and according to the parenting site 2019 has even seen a registration for the double character combo of Arya Cersei.

Many of the contestants on ITV's hit reality TV show Love Island have also provided name-spo for parents with Amber, Kem, Camilla, Kady, Cara, Nathan and Marcel all appearing on the list.

The baby experts also said that Greta is becoming more popular, perhaps in response to teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg making headlines this year.

And of course royal fever may well have had an impact with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex naming their baby Archie, which has now the 18th most popular baby name.

The most popular baby names of 2019 have been released [Photo: Getty]
The most popular baby names of 2019 have been released [Photo: Getty]

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But despite parents turning to history and popular culture, the rise in popularity has not been enough to relieve some of the top ten of their naming crowns.

In the girls’ chart, Olivia held onto the top spot while second placed Sophia also remained unchanged from last year.

Both were followed by top three newcomer Lily which bumped Amelia.

Freya flew up 15 places into the top ten at number eight with Isabella as another new entry, rising three places to number nine.

For boys, Muhammad holds onto it’s spot at number one, meanwhile Oliver missed out on its second placing to Noah, followed by George.

The remainder of the top ten remains relatively unchanged, while Jaxon has soared 13 places to reach number 11.


  1. Olivia

  2. Sophia

  3. Lily

  4. Ava

  5. Mia

  6. Isla

  7. Amelia

  8. Freya

  9. Isabella

  10. Emily

  11. Aria

  12. Evie

  13. Grace

  14. Isabelle

  15. Ella

  16. Ivy

  17. Sophie

  18. Willow

  19. Charlotte

  20. Elsie

Welcome to the world baby David [Photo: Getty]
Welcome to the world baby David [Photo: Getty]

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  1. Muhammad

  2. Noah

  3. George

  4. Oliver

  5. Charlie

  6. Harry

  7. Leo

  8. Arthur

  9. Jack

  10. Freddie

  11. Jaxon

  12. Ethan

  13. Jacob

  14. Theo

  15. Oscar

  16. Alfie

  17. Henry

  18. Archie

  19. Joshua

  20. Thomas