According to the website nameberry, new parents are finding the inspiration for their children’s names from Blockbuster movie and bestselling novels Hunger Games and also from the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Many of the most popular baby names at the moment are also also being plucked from ancient Rome!
Nameberry said: “Many of the hot names relate to nature and to worlds beyond our own. And most share a transcendence of traditional gender identity, containing elements of names for the opposite gender if not crossing over to unisex territory.”
They compiled a list of some of the year’s hottest names, ones that you will probably be hearing thrown about a lot at baby showers and naming ceremonies in the coming months. Top of the Nameberry is the name Senna, and the similar Cinna for the baby boys.
According to Nameberry both these names have gone up in use by a staggering 1500% over the last year. Senna, which is the name of a Twilight vamp and the infamous Formula 1 driver, also has a Hunger Games influence too. Nameberry believe that the popularity of those names will continue to increase.
One of the old school names making a bit of come back is the ancient Irish name Niall. Niall means cloud and several prolific Irish kings bore this name. Nameberry thinks it might be experiencing something of a resurgence because of the popularity of One Direction’s Niall Horan. Interestingly, they referred to One Direction as a ‘rock band’ in the article, they might know a lot about baby names, but someone needs to have a quiet word with them about music me thinks!
Other popular names include Arya (Game of Thrones) Decimus (Gladiator Maximus’ middle name) Caia (half-witch, half-lycan protagonist of the Lunarmorte series) and Blue (the name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their daughter) to name but a few.