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Did you know that there are individuals who earn a good living as ‘baby name experts’ and the advent of the new year is the profession’s busiest period?
These ‘experts’ are now compiling statistics to plot the name trends of 2017, says Laura Wattenberg, an author and the creator of babynamewizard.com, a website that charts global name trends.
In an interview with ‘Today’s Parent’ she gave an outline of what was expected for 2016 (the results, bizarrely, are only published later this year).
In the United States “most names are usually between five and seven letters,” she says and that ‘norm’ becomes something to rebel against; ‘creative’ parents loot the three or four letter treasure chest with names like Ava, Ivy, Luna, Kai and Leo proving popular.
As some go short and sweet, others go long and traditional like Sebastian, Theodore, Valentina and Gabriella.
Other popular names are the result of successful movies, books, celebrities or even Instagram photo filters.
Last year saw ‘superhero’ names for boys spike in the US such as Ace, Blaze, Stryker and Titan; one can can just hear it “Stryker stop slapping Valentina,” or “Titan stop teasing Sebastian and Theodore.’‘
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It will be interesting to see if the heroes and heroines of Brexit Britain see the light of day in the baby name charts. Will there be a bevy of bawling Borises in the local exclusive nursery or a pile of Nigel’s nappies to dispose of across Brexit Island?
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As it stands Oliver, Jack and Harry rule in the UK, while for the girls the sophisticated Amelia is queen followed by Olivia and Emily.
In Germany there has been a move away from traditionally teutonic boys’ names such as Wilhelm to shorter, snapper monikers like Ben, Jonas,Leon, Elias and Finn.
Maximilian is the most popular German name of more than five letters, though it can contracted to Max for informal occasions.
Like in the UK, German girls’ names are getting shorter: Mia, Emma and Hannah are tops.
In Portugal the naming process is a tad complex, a Portuguese surname can contain the family names of both parents and grandparents, four in all, just for mischief the full name of Pedro IV of Portugal (1798–1834), was (take a deep breath) Pedro de Alcântara Francisco Antônio João Carlos Xavier de Paula Miguel Rafael Joaquim José Gonzaga Pascoal Cipriano Serafim de Bragança e Bourbon.
To return to the subject, tradition still rules the roost in Catholic Portugal with Maria number one for the girls’ and João number one for the boys’.
Laura Wattenberg, says that each year throws up a ‘‘hot letter” in 2016 it was V, especially for girls, such as Avery, Evelyn, Vivien and Ivy.
What will the next magic letter be? Will the US go for D or T perhaps! Dave, Dick, Donald Duck, Jameson, Jesus!
Please choose wisely; ‘baby name regret’ is a terrible condition.
For the most popular boys’ and girls’ names across the globe click here.