Over the last few years, more and more parents have opted for unusual names for their babies. However, the trend for old-fashioned or personalised monikers might be coming to an end, with the return of more ‘normal’ names on the horizon.
We have all become used to hearing some rather unfamiliar names, particularly in the celebrity world, where stars have favoured the likes of North, Bear, Apollo, Bluebell and Apple for their newborns.
Even parents who have not followed in celebrities’ footsteps have steered towards old-fashioned monikers, from Betty to Tabitha for girls, and George to Albert for boys.
However, revealing its latest baby name trends for the year, BabyCentre predicts mums and dads-to-be will go back to names they recognise from their own generation.
Indeed, last year saw an increase in the number of Michaels and Johns being born in the UK – traditional names of the 1980s.
Parents might be looking even further back than this, opting for Brian, Barry or Cliff for their sons, and Patricia, Christine or Susan for their daughters.
A spokesperson for the group said: “The ‘70s are anticipated to become the vintage decade for names next year as the coolest make a comeback.”
The likes of Paul and Mark, Sarah and Claire could make a huge return this year, as these were the most popular boys’ and girls’ names of the 1970s, according to British Baby Names in England and Wales from 1974.
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