The most popular baby names of the future

Bianca Soldani

So judging by the latest trends, ‘Amelia’, ‘Ava’ and ‘Noah’ are in, and ‘Ian’, ‘Frank’ and ‘Cindy’ are out.

But with baby names quickly changing in popularity with parents, it’s hard to know which monikers will stand the test of time - unless you happen to work for the UK’s Office for National Statistics, which collects data about registered baby names every year.

Wuld you consider one of these names for your kid? Photo: Getty

Topping their most popular list for 2016, is ‘Olivia’ for girls and ‘Oliver’ for boys, but employee Nick Stripe, doesn’t think either of those names will still be in fashion in 20 years time.

In fact, in a Huffington Post blog, Stripe predicts his top picks for baby names in two decades time, and the results are very interesting.

For girls, Stripe believes that ‘Harper’ and ‘Charlotte’ will still be hot property in 2026 thanks to the famous Beckham and royal who carry those monikers.

Will 'Paisley' and 'Aria' be the 'Amelia' and 'Ava' of the future? Photo: Getty

But also at the top of the list will be the more unusual ‘Aria’, ‘Aurora’, ‘Luna’ and ‘Paisley’.

Meanwhile when it comes to boys, Stripe expects us to see the names ‘Arlo’, ‘Grayson’, ‘Ezra’ and ‘Wilf’ rise to popularity, while the more mainstream ‘George’ and ‘Hunter’ will also stay relevant.

'Wilf' will be a popular name in 20 years time, he says. Photo: Getty

If you want to know what names to steer clear of, parenting site BabyCentre recently released their list of most unpopular names so far this year:


Most unpopular girls names

Cilla
Bertha
Cynthia
Janice
Anita
Marcia
Mildred
Dorothy
Edna
Bonnie
Cindy (Sindy)
Donna
Gail
Karen


Most unpopular boys names

Ian (Iain)
Frank
Clarence
Ricky
Edmund
Gus
Roger
Bertram
Clive
Roald

Whereas when it comes to the most popular names, data out of the UK has recorded these as the top 10 for boys and girls:


Most popular girls names

Olivia
Amelia
Emily
Isla
Ava
Isabella
Lily
Jessica
Ella
Mia


Most popular boys names

Oliver
Harry
George
Jack
Jacob
Noah
Charlie
Muhammad
Thomas
Oscar

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