2024 baby name trends

2024 baby name trends

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Lucy Woodbridge, creator of Butterbean

October 2023

7 minute read

Top Baby Names for 2024

In recent years, the art of baby naming has taken on a whole new level of creativity and significance. Parents-to-be are no longer satisfied with the conventional; they want names that stand out, resonate with meaning, and reflect the times we live in. If you're expecting a bundle of joy in 2024 or just curious about the trends in baby names, you're in the right place. In this blog, we'll explore the top baby names for 2024, providing insights, inspiration, and a glimpse into the future of naming your child.

What's in a Name?

Before we dive into the hottest baby names of 2024, let's reflect on the importance of a name. Shakespeare famously asked, "What's in a name?" The answer, it turns out, is quite a lot. A name is more than just a label; it's an identity, a reflection of culture, and a connection to family heritage. In a world of ever-evolving trends, names are no exception.

The Influence of Pop Culture

Pop culture has an undeniably strong influence on baby names. As we move into 2024, we can expect to see names inspired by our favourite celebrities, movies, and TV shows.

Here's a list of baby names inspired by pop culture:

Pop culture girls' names:

Arya - Inspired by Arya Stark from "Game of Thrones."

Luna - From Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" series.

Hermione - Another "Harry Potter" character.

Katniss - The heroine from "The Hunger Games" series.

Leia - Named after Princess Leia from "Star Wars."

Elsa - Inspired by the character from Disney's "Frozen."

Rey - From "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Bella - Inspired by Bella Swan from the "Twilight" series.

Piper - Inspired by Piper Chapman from "Orange is the New Black."

Sansa - From Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones."

Khaleesi - A title used for Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones."

Arwen - Inspired by Arwen Evenstar from "The Lord of the Rings."

Eleven - The main character in "Stranger Things."

Pop culture boys' names:

Luca - named after Pixar's fantasy film

Finn - A character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Neo - The protagonist of "The Matrix" series.

Logan - After Wolverine, from the X-Men comics and movies.

Luke - After Luke Skywalker from "Star Wars."

Dexter - After the title character in the TV series "Dexter."

Walter - From Walter White in "Breaking Bad."

Atlas - from Colleen Hoover’s book It Ends With Us

Cassian - another Star Wars inspired name

Atticus - from the book To Kill a Mockingbird

Celebrities' Impact

It's no secret that celebrities often choose unique and attention-grabbing names for their children. Names like Luna, inspired by Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's daughter, or Daxton, as chosen by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, have gained popularity. Keep an eye out for the next big celebrity baby name trend in 2024. Here are some recent ones:

Celebrity boys' names

Arthur - Ellie Goulding

Archie - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Aire - Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott

Reign - Kourtney Kardashian

Riot - Rihanna

Cosmo - Scarlett Johansson

River - Joaquin Phoenix named his son after his late older brother

Mason - Kourtney Kardashian

Celebrity girls' names

Lilibet - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Lyra - the first daughter of Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry

Jupiter - the second daughter of Ed Sheeran and Cherry

Apple - Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Benji - daughter of Cameron Diaz

Birdie - Jessica Simpson

Kulture - Cardi B

Penelope - Kourtney Kardashian

Getting Back to Nature

In an age of digital overload, many parents are turning to nature-inspired and minimalist names to keep things simple and grounded. These names reflect various aspects of the natural world, from plants and flowers to elements like water and sky, as well as animals and natural phenomena. Choose the one that resonates with you and your family the most! Many are gender-neutral:

Willow
River
Lily
Sky
Raina
Ocean
Forrest
Ivy
Aurora
Autumn
Daisy
Cedar
Ruby
Jade
Rose
Meadow
Brook
Hazel
Luna
Ocean
Ruby
Sage
Aspen
Iris
Phoenix
Jasmine
Leaf
Sierra
Violet
Ember
Sparrow
Coral
Winter
Pearl
Ruby
Blossom
Finch
Fern
Stone
Willow

The Art of Minimalism

Short, simple names like Max, Mia, and Ava have a timeless appeal. In an era where less is often more, these names are sure to maintain their popularity.

3-letter boys' names

Max

Leo

Eli

Sam

Ben

Jay

Gus

Roy

Joe

Bob

Dan

Tim

Ron

Tom

Rex

Ted

3-letter girls names

Ava

Zoe

Mia

Ivy

Liv

Sky

Joy

Amy

Lia

Emi

Cultural Diversity

Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, leading to a beautiful fusion of cultures. Names from diverse backgrounds are gaining prominence. Remember that the significance and pronunciation of names may vary across different regions and cultures, so it's a good idea to research further or consult with someone knowledgeable about the specific culture if you have any concerns about a name's appropriateness or meaning.

Boys' multi-cultural names:

Aiden (Irish) - Meaning "little fire."

Amir (Arabic) - Meaning "prince" or "leader."

Hiroshi (Japanese) - Meaning "generous" or "tolerant."

Mateo (Spanish) - A variation of Matthew, meaning "gift of God."

Kian (Persian) - Meaning "king" or "royal."

Nikolai (Russian) - A variation of Nicholas, meaning "victory of the people."

Soren (Danish) - Meaning "stern" or "severe."

Raj (Indian) - Meaning "king" or "rule."

Leonardo (Italian) - Meaning "brave lion."

Oisin (Irish) - Meaning "little deer."

Kai (Hawaiian) - Meaning "ocean" or "sea."

Luka (Croatian) - A variation of Luke, meaning "light."

Ahmed (Arabic) - Meaning "praised" or "commendable."

Hiroto (Japanese) - Meaning "abundant" or "prosperous."

Javier (Spanish) - Meaning "bright" or "new house."

Arjun (Indian) - A mythological hero's name, meaning "bright" or "shining."

Dimitri (Greek) - A variation of Demetrius, meaning "follower of Demeter" (the goddess of agriculture).

Alessio (Italian) - A variation of Alexander, meaning "defender of the people."

Eoin (Irish) - A variation of John, meaning "God is gracious."

Milan (Slavic) - Meaning "gracious" or "dear."

Girls' multi-cultural names:

Sophia (Greek)

Amina (Arabic)

Mei (Chinese)

Isabella (Italian)

Sakura (Japanese)

Esmeralda (Spanish)

Freya (Norse)

Leila (Persian)

Amara (African, Igbo origin)

Eleni (Greek)

Anaya (Sanskrit)

Zara (Hebrew)

Luna (Spanish/Italian)

Amara (African, Swahili origin)

Ingrid (Scandinavian)

Anika (Hindi)

Svetlana (Russian)

Isla (Scottish)

Aisling (Irish)

Anouk (Dutch/French)

Priya (Sanskrit)

Kiara (Italian/Irish)

Noor (Arabic)

Nia (Swahili)

Saoirse (Irish)

Choosing a name for your baby is a profound decision that deserves careful consideration. In 2024, the world of baby names will continue to evolve, influenced by pop culture, nature, and the beauty of diverse cultures. Let the choice of name for your new baby reflect your unique style and personality; the sky really is the limit!

 

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