Expectant parents often dwell on baby names for months as they search for something memorable, unique, or traditional. Of course, much like trends, popular baby names come and go, influenced by the world and the people around us at that particular moment.
So, what are set to be the most popular baby names of 2023? According to research by British name label manufacturer mynametags.com, this year baby names are set to be inspired by sport stars and by some of our favorite TV shows.
The World Cup is already influencing baby names.
Although England’s World Cup dreams may have been cut short, it seems the squad has played a major part in influencing the minds of expectant parents in the UK when it comes to baby names. According to the research, the name Jude, after young England ace Jude Bellingham, saw a huge spike in Google searches during the opening days of the tournament and is predicted to rise to become one of the most popular baby names of 2023.
The name Jack, inspired by Jude’s international teammate and Manchester City star Jack Grealish, is also set to spike in popularity after Jack stole the nation’s hearts with his goal celebration for Finlay, a young fan with cerebral palsy.
Analysis of historic Office for National Statistics (ONS) baby name data shows that England players have long been influencing baby boy name choices in the UK, with both David Beckham and Peter Crouch having had a significant impact on children’s names following the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Peaky Blinders has led to a revival.
Popular baby names are also influenced by TV shows. Case in point: the names Arthur and Tommy—after the iconic Peaky Blinders characters—have been consistently on trend since the release of the first season in 2013. Following the airing of the show’s final episode in 2022, the names are predicted to remain popular for 2023. The name Arthur took third spot in the charts in 2020 after the release of season five.
The UEFA Women’s Euro has given these baby names a boost in popularity.
Women's soccer is influencing baby names. Following the Lionesses’ success at the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro, the team's heroes are expected to have a significant impact on name trends in 2023, with Beth, Ella, and Alessia all expected to grow in popularity in 2023 and beyond. Searches around the origin of the name Alessia spiked the day Alessia Russo scored an audacious backheel goal against Sweden.
Netflix and new music are also influencing baby name choices.
It’s not just sports-star-inspired baby names peaking this year. The research also revealed that Netflix has become a significant influence. The show Wednesday, which became the second-most watched English language show ever, led to a considerable spike in the number of Google searches for the name Wednesday.
Other top baby names for 2023 are predicted to be inspired by musicians. According to the research, the name Billie has risen considerably in popularity, from 346th in 2018 to 229th in 2021 after singer Billie Eilish shot to fame. The name is predicted to grow in popularity in 2023 following the release of Eilish’s second album, Happier Than Ever.
Says Lars B. Andersen, managing director at My Nametags, “We know from experience that baby name trends are often influenced by pop culture, including TV, film, and celebrities. Sport stars make excellent role models, so it’s no surprise that parents continue to be inspired by their generation’s biggest heroes when it comes to naming their children.
He continued, “2022 was a huge year for soccer fans; we can definitely expect the men’s World Cup and women’s Euros teams to have a significant impact on the name charts over the next year, especially with the women’s World Cup taking place this summer. Popular TV shows and artists continue to have a major influence over the popularity of certain names as they give inspiration but also confidence to parents, especially with unusual names like Wednesday.”
This post was originally published in Glamour UK.
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