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  • 80 Baby Names for Girls and Boys That Will Be Popular This Year!

    Are you ready for the names of the future?
    by Kitty Elicay .
80 Baby Names for Girls and Boys That Will Be Popular This Year!
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  • If you’re pregnant and due this year, no doubt you’re already scouring various websites and looking for the perfect name for your baby. Well, you’re in luck because we’ve done all the work for you!

    If you still haven’t settled on a name for your little one, we’ve rounded up the top trends baby-naming sites have predicted for this new year. They say these 80 names will become the most popular in 2019!

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    Global names

    According to top baby-naming site Nameberry, one of the trends for this year is borrowing monikers from cultures around the world like the Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand), Xhosa (of South Africa), ancient Greek, South American Indian, Korean, and Israeli names. With so many babies born in a day, parents are looking for ways to make their baby even more unique than the rest. Here are some names inspired by this trend:

    Aroha
    Origin: Maori
    Meaning: love

    Lior
    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: “I have a light.”

    Niabi
    Origin: Native American
    Meaning: Fawn

    Sena
    Origin: Korean; Hindi; Arabic; African
    Meaning: This world’s beauty or grace; army; to praise; bringing heaven to earth

    Acacius
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Thorny; or, innocent, not evil

    Kiran
    Origin: Sanskrit
    Meaning: Ray of light

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    Gender-neutral names

    Millennial parents are likely looking for names that would break stereotypes so they would opt for one that can be used for both boys and girls. However, they’ll be veering away from names that end in -son like Madison, or names that were once popular with one gender like Charlie, which is now used for girls, too. Some examples are Justice, Laken, Revel, Royal, Story, Finley (meaning fair-haired hero) or Robin (bright fame).

    For sneakerheads

    For US-based website BabyCenter, one of the top trends would be naming your babies after popular sneaker brands. Van (for the brand Vans) and both Chuck and Taylor (for Converse) were on top in 2018.

    If you’re a fan of Nike, you can name your kids Max, Cortez, Monarch, and Jordan. If you like Adidas better, your choices include Stan, Smith, and Falcon. Or just go for other brands like Brooks, Diadora, Fila, and Puma.

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    Muted colors

    When choosing a color-inspired name for baby, parents have always liked vibrant shades like Scarlet or Ruby. Now Nameberry is predicting that we will see more babies (both boys and girls!) named after pastel hues like Gray, Ivory, Lavender, Lilac, Moss, Mauve, Olive, and Sage.

    Jewel tones

    Most parents would name girls after jewels (like Ruby, Pearl, or Amber). In 2019, the trend of would be to name your babies after unusual gemstones, like Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Jasper, Jet, Onyx, Opal, Peridot, Sapphire, and Topaz — and yes, some of these are for boys!

    More names starting with ‘F’

    How many people do you know have names starting with this letter? For the new year, expect more names like Faye, Felix, Fern, Finn, Flora, Florian, Frances, Frankie, Frederick, and Frost.

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    Names that have the vowel ‘U’

    According to Nameberry, there are fewer baby names starting with U than any other letter in the alphabet, but for 2019, U and its ‘oo’ sound will be used in stylish names like Eulalie, Hugo, Jude, Juniper, Louise, Luca, Luna, Reuben, Tallulah, and True.

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    Short and sweet

    Filipinos are fond of naming their babies more than one name (believe it or not, one student was reported to have 40 names!), but according to Nameberry, minimalist names are the names of the future. Consider Hal, Ida, Jem, Kit, Koa, Liv, Lux, Rex, and Rio.

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    Whatever will be the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby

    The royal couple’s popularity has been on the rise the past couple of years so it will come as no surprise if babies would be named after their firstborn. According to Parents, they will likely pick a “classic name with a bit of panache) like Henry or Arthur if it’s a boy or Eleanor  or Alice if it’s a girl.

    Inspired by the Universe

    Personally, over at SmartParenting.com.ph, we think more Filipinos would name their girls after our new Miss Universe, Catriona Gray. Historically, a lot of babies were named after beauty pageant queens, like Sushmita Sen and Pia Wurtzbach. We’ve already heard of moms who chose that name after she was crowned, but maybe they’ll also consider her second name, Elisa.

    Do you like any of these names? Tell us what name you'll give your baby in the comments!

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