While it may not be hip to be trendy, keeping up with what the in-crowd is naming their offspring can help you stay ahead of the popularity curve – and ensure your chosen baby name is fresh. Use this list as a guide for those monikers that could be monopolising playgrounds in the years to come — or as inspo if you really can’t help but join the masses.
Before you scoff at the title — nope, the reason for mixing up your offspring’s names is not down to stress-induced scatterbrain syndrome – or plain old par-for-the-parenting-course exhaustion. Turns out there’s a sweeter explanation; and it’s spelled L-O-V-E.
Good news, parents-to-be; it looks like the pool of popular baby names has finally got some new material.
Baby names are usually chosen with such great care – imbued with special, personal meaning; possibly carrying the ancestral line – that it’s no wonder many parents bristle when others mangle their beloved monikers with nicknames. Even the most staunchly popular choices are not safe; beautiful Charlotte can become Charlie – cute for some, although maybe not for you – Michael turns into Mickey and Richard…well, you know.
Nicknaming is inevitable; for parents in particular, shortening oft lengthy and extravagant first names is an expedient and more endearing way to address their beloved offspring.
So it makes total sense that traditional monikers are getting the cut from the get-go, with their trimmed versions appearing on birth certificates instead. Continue reading