Current 'trendy' names in your area. What are they?

(126 Posts)
farmersdaughter Thu 28-Mar-13 17:00:37

I keep seeing comments about names being 'trendy' and will 'date'. Apart from not really knowing what this means, I was hoping you could maybe please could you share the names 'trending' in your area.

Many thanks.

ps) this is not a name bashing thread, just really interested as it would seem I like these names blushwink

farmersdaughter Thu 28-Mar-13 17:01:29

Gosh that was very badly written! Small child and iPad don't mix

LynetteScavo Thu 28-Mar-13 17:03:26

Every other pre-school boy is called Harry.

The other's are called Charlie.

Leeds2 Thu 28-Mar-13 17:46:24


mrsbungle Thu 28-Mar-13 17:48:44

Evie and Harry here.

ilovepicnmix Thu 28-Mar-13 17:49:21

Noah and max.

turkeyboots Thu 28-Mar-13 17:52:22

DD year 1 class is full of Lillys, Tillys, Millies and other names ending in ie or y.

DSs pre school class has 3 Charlies and 3 Evans. Not no clear trends there otherwise.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 28-Mar-13 18:03:28

A name that will date is one that is very popular, eventually wanes as people inevitably tire of it and move onto something else, leaving those with the name to be associated with that era.

So names like Claire, Joanne, Karen, etc for my generation.

This generation's very popular names are all the Milly, Tilly, Lilys, Ava, Isla, Ruby, Daisy, Olivia, Isabel/le/las, Ellie, Harry, Charlie, Alfie, Archie, Jack, Sophie, Evie, etc, etc.

All nice names, but very popular and of-the-moment.

ShatnersBassoon Thu 28-Mar-13 18:10:52

Girls' names ending with 'bel' 'belle' or 'bella', Lily or Lily-something, Evie and Ava.

Boys are Alfie, Joshua and Max.

TobyLerone Thu 28-Mar-13 18:11:24

My DC are 12 and 13.

The majority of their friends are called Olivia, Chloe, Ruby, Lauren, Megan, Harry, Rhys, Max, Ben.

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:15:14

There are a couple of three year olds called lucy,Isla and Iris in my daughters nursery class. I also know two Henry's, two Harrys and a Max born in the last year.

TomDaleysTrunks Thu 28-Mar-13 18:19:13

Sophia is everywhere. As is Ella/Eva/Evie/Ava

flowerygirl Thu 28-Mar-13 18:20:55

Oscar and Isla are everywhere

Hattifattner Thu 28-Mar-13 18:22:03

Alfie, Charlie, Jamie for boys.

Grace, Scarlett, Emily, Milly/Tilly/Lily for girls.

I dont know why the boys are called by the dimunitive, rather than being called Charles, James, ALfred.

flowerygirl Thu 28-Mar-13 18:28:14

DH says people shouldn't be allowed to call their kids the dimunitive if they don't like the original!

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 18:28:56

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RatPants Thu 28-Mar-13 18:36:06

I have an Oliver and our area is overrun with them. grin

In fairness, I knew hardly any children before I had him so wasn't really aware of this.

I know a lot of Evies, Avas, Amelias, Daisys.

Harry and Charlie are popular here too.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 28-Mar-13 18:39:29

I know someone with a sib-set of Ellie, Billy, Harry and Charlie - nn, ie/y-ending overload...! grin

WillYouDoTheBunnyHop Thu 28-Mar-13 18:45:38

Tyler and variations thereof are everywhere. Tyler-Ray, Tyler-Jay, Tyler-James.

For girls it's Amelia and Isabelle (3 of each in baby group), which is a shame as they've always been my favourites sad

vertex Thu 28-Mar-13 18:52:47

Harry, Oscar, Charlie (and all of the Charlies seem to be horrors).

Isabelle Olivia, Ruby (and the Rubys all seem to be highly strung).

Will be time to move when, and if, the Charlies and Rubys start to breed

BackforGood Thu 28-Mar-13 18:54:57

I work with pre-schoolers

Jayden + Kayden (times about 8 or 9 different ways of mis spelling them) for the lads and 101 variations of Isobel / Isabella for the girls.
A few Stanleys and lots of made up names I've never heard of before.

TheBuskersDog Thu 28-Mar-13 19:04:54

"I dont know why the boys are called by the dimunitive, rather than being called Charles, James, ALfred."

We have a James (now 20) and despite my mum's attempts to call him Jamie in the early days I was having none of it, he has always been called James and sometimes Jim or Jimbo at home. Incidently his middle name is Oliver and we never met any other Olivers twenty years ago.

We also have a Charlie (15) who we never intended to call Charles so why name him it. IMO Charlie is perfectly acceptable if he becomes a lawyer, doctor, whatever. We actually played safe with Charlie, we were going to go for Oscar which was far more unusual then, now they're all over.

Charlie, whilst far from unusual when we chose it, seems to have become more popular over recent years judging by threads on here. However I don't think names like Charlie and Harry will become as 'dated' as some of the names because there has been people called them in every generation, they've just become more popular, whereas some like Noah and Evie are very much of the moment.

mummanj Thu 28-Mar-13 19:07:50

Trending names for babies here are Beatrice, Matilda, Clara and iris, Jude, Felix, Wilfred

Bearcrumble Thu 28-Mar-13 19:18:47

Clara is nice. I don't think I've ever met a baby Clara.

Round here I've recently met two babies called Arthur.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 28-Mar-13 19:42:15

Lexi/e! They are everywhere here (Midlands).

TwentiethCenturyGirl Thu 28-Mar-13 19:46:08

Isla and Rosie are very popular near us at the moment. I've met lots of babies with these names over the last 18 months.

Arlo seems to be cropping up a lots for boys. I'd never even heard of it blush until I had DD and have met 4 since then.

lysteddy Thu 28-Mar-13 19:50:50

Kai and Rhys seperately even Kai-Rhys as one name and i live in south london. I know a few of them said both ways.


howshouldibehave Thu 28-Mar-13 19:58:52

Lily-May, Lily, Lola, Ruby, Emily, Isla, Amelia, Olivia, Ava, Daisy/Maisy

Reece, Alfie, Charlie, Harry, Oscar, Kyle,


farmersdaughter Thu 28-Mar-13 20:06:29

Does anyone know a Matilda who's not called Milly or Tilly?

Love Isla, a bit gutted to see it become so popular..

Bartlebee Thu 28-Mar-13 20:11:44

I know a Matilda who is known as Tilda.

If I had a pound for every Ava I know.. I'd have about £6. Ditto Lexie, ditto Isla. Elodie v popular round these parts too

Yy to Arlo and also Otis.

Thankfully no Kai/Kayden/Jayden type names though.

Megsdaughter Thu 28-Mar-13 20:16:02

I know a Matilda, who is only known as Matilda, in fact wont answer to anything else ( she also has Isla in her name)

chickensaladagain Thu 28-Mar-13 20:21:19

all boys are either called harry or george

girls Ivy, Amelia, Lily

nectarini1983 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:22:50

Riley seems really popular here. ..and Oscar too.

Isla, Isabella and Olivia overload too!

upholsterer Thu 28-Mar-13 20:23:07

Sophie, Emily, Evie
Jack, Oliver/Ollie

Claxonia Thu 28-Mar-13 20:29:21

All of a sudden Daphne's are everywhere here (am in France). Makes me think of Daphne in Neighbours when I was at high school!

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 28-Mar-13 20:29:49

Lots of Eleanors round these parts too. And whilst it's not high on the name charts (yet) I've come across a couple of Arabellas.

number41 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:32:20

Harry, Max, tons of Jacks, William, Louis
Amelie, Emily, Amelia
Taylor and Taylers whom I dont know.if they are boys or girls. Must chech nursery photographs.

CPtart Thu 28-Mar-13 20:39:19

Millie, Tillie, Ellie, Ella, Isabel/la, Eva, Ava, Evie, Lily, ......

Alfie,Charlie, Lucas, Oliver, Harry, Noah, ......

IroningBoredDaily Thu 28-Mar-13 20:48:45

Ella, Ella-Mai, Ella-Daisy, Ella-Rose etc etc
Evie, Eve, Eva, Ava etc
Isabella, Isobel, Isabella
Poppy, Lily, Ruby, Rosie, Milly, Molly, Tilly.

Would be nice to see some more unusual names around now as these are becoming a bit boring imo.

mewkins Thu 28-Mar-13 20:51:40

Quite a few Dylans and Williams here. Mille and Lily seem fairly popular too.

Flowerygirl, my sister and I argue over whether diminutives are proper names all the time! I say go for the proper name (although a baby called Charles seems a little heavy!)

mrstowers Thu 28-Mar-13 21:20:01

Isabelle and Noah at the moment

mrsbungle Thu 28-Mar-13 21:26:13

How could I forget Jack. There really are a lot of Jack's here.

I know a Matilda who is just Matilda - no shortening (yet, anyway, she was born in September).

Beatrixpotty Thu 28-Mar-13 21:37:07


Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 28-Mar-13 21:39:28

We know a Matilda and she's Matty.

We seem to go in for the unusual names round here, which very quickly become usual and very commonplace. Freya seems to have gone a bit like that. I like the name, it's not one of my dc's names but its nice. One of the little girls at my dd2's preschool though is called Thureyya. They thought they'd spell it and pronounce it completely differently to the norm. grin

number41 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:49:10

shock thats a bit ridiculous...

number41 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:51:25

I love Eliane with the diminutive Ellie, as she can choose diferent name or more common nickname. I believe Eliane is French for Elaine

BNmum Thu 28-Mar-13 21:51:44

Finlay, Archie, Harry & jack. Freya, Amelia & Isabelle

bigbluebump Thu 28-Mar-13 22:00:20

Ellie, Evie, Poppy, Tilly, Milly, Ruby, Emily, Olivia, Eva, Ava

Alfie, Charlie, Artie, Archie, Ollie, Jack, Harry, Finn, Jack, Max

are all VERY widely used and feel very trendy and are likely to sound dated as people tire of them.

forevergreek Thu 28-Mar-13 22:04:39

Arthur, William, Henry, Alexander, Rafe ( know at least 2/3 of each)

Isabella, Tabitha, Matilda, Iris ( a couple of each also)

I call the Matilda I teach Ma-tiddler. grin
Her mother calls her Matilda blush

Noah, Emilia/Amelia, Isabelle/Isabella.

toobreathless Thu 28-Mar-13 22:39:11

Pleased to see neither DD1 or DD2 (due April 5th) names here.

Names currently 'faddy' IMO:

Girls: Isla, Ruby, anything with -belle/Bella, Sophia, Evie, Olivia/Amelia.
Boys: Oscar, Harry, Oliver, Samuel, Edward.

Names I think might go that way:
Girls: Beatrice/Beatrix, Florence, Iris, Ivy.
Boys: Stanley, Seth.

chickydoo Thu 28-Mar-13 22:42:19

Lots of baby Reuben's around here.
Harry, Henry, max & Freddie, also a few Hector's are making an appearance
Florence for girls is still very on trend, and Darcy & Grace & Ava.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 28-Mar-13 22:45:03

Sam and Tilly.

DaveMccave Thu 28-Mar-13 23:02:12

Why don't you just look at uk name stats? There is some regional variations I agree, names in my sisters area of London are very different than my northern town, but you will still find all the popular ones in the top 100.

Here it's Olivia, Ellie/Elle/Ella, Emily, Lily, Amber, Ava, Isabelle, Ruby etc
For boys, Oliver, Harry, Charlie, Noah, Ethan, James, Reuben, Daniel

Ruththetooth Fri 29-Mar-13 08:03:53

Freddie and Oliver.

Assajjventress Fri 29-Mar-13 08:30:36

Bounty baby names app is good. Has stats on all names given regionally by mothers who register with them in the hospital, though we have been known to change our minds on the name after!

FriskyMare Fri 29-Mar-13 08:36:45

I know 5 Imogens aged 3-5.
Lots of Isabellas/Freya/Eve/Lara

mrsden Fri 29-Mar-13 09:28:59

Florence and Noah

YeahBuddy Fri 29-Mar-13 09:44:21

I know three girls called Lexi May, one called Alexie May and a Lexiya May.
Also know a Isla May, Georgia May, two Ellie May and an Evie May. Oh and my friend has just decided on Isobel May for her unborn DD.
Louise seems to be a very popular middle name amongst my friends though, loads of women my age have Louise as a middle name (early-mid twenties).
I also know three Theo's although one is actually called Theodore and uses Theo as a nn. And lots of Jayden/Kayden etc
All of these children are under five.

MiaowTheCat Fri 29-Mar-13 09:55:31

The Is round here - Isabelle/Isobel/Isabel/Isabella, Imogen, Isla

mummytopoppy1 Fri 29-Mar-13 12:07:39

Isla (LOADS of them), Eva or Ava, Harry, Arthur (Brighton)

Thisisanoutrage Fri 29-Mar-13 13:02:16

I've met two babies called Reuben this week and two called Willow. Usually babies seem to be either Harry or Evie.

EuphemiaLennox Fri 29-Mar-13 13:16:43

Ellie Ella Eve Evie EVa Ava Isabelle Isabella
Grace Mia Mae

Charlie Henry Harry Finn Finlay Teddy Freddie

jellybeans Fri 29-Mar-13 14:29:57

Archie by far and away the most popular here
Probably also Oliver, Charlie, Sam, Alfie, James,
Girls would be Isabelle, Darcy, Amy, Mia, Evie, Freya, maddie, Lily.

BelleEtLaBaby Fri 29-Mar-13 15:01:28

Seems to be a massive trend around me lately for girls called Something-Mae, eg Megan-Mae, Tilly-Mae, Josie-Mae. I know five born in the last year. DH does a hillbilly voice when saying them, although I have no real idea why...

attilascupcakes Fri 29-Mar-13 15:22:39

I know about a squillion toddlers called Maya.

farmersdaughter Fri 29-Mar-13 18:08:14

Lexi and Isla

Alfie and Freddie

Wish I didn't like these names so much, everywhere!

@dave because the stats are a year behind smile

CaulkheadUpNorth Fri 29-Mar-13 19:40:07

Casey, Demi, Kianna/Kiara,Kiarni, Lily, Amelia, Matilda, Alessi/Alicia, for girls

Kian, Kai, Shay, Jack, Jude, Isaac, Caleb for boys.

These are a mixture of the families I work with and babies of friends!

Assajjventress Fri 29-Mar-13 20:46:25

Very True farmers daughter last years stats come out this August I believe. That's why bounty is best for up to date name stats.

thegreylady Fri 29-Mar-13 22:39:34

Lola,Ava and Tilly for girls
Sonny ,Henry and Max for boys

CityGal29 Fri 29-Mar-13 23:23:24

Ava, Evie, Ellie, lily- anything, Isla, Isabella - most girls aged 0-4

Lots of Reubens, Jacob amongst under 2s, Noah, Finns aged 3+ (trend gone now?!), Archie


Sooo many Ollies at nursery!

sleepywombat Sat 30-Mar-13 06:01:06

Here its Quade, Wade, Kade, Zane etc
And the usual for girls - Ava, Olivia, Sophia

Recently among my friends 3x Rosie, 2x Charlie

Chottie Sat 30-Mar-13 06:06:56

In south east London

Boys - Arthur, Stanley, Fred, Sonny, Ronnie
Girls - Summer, Lola, Ava, Phoebe,

legalalien Sat 30-Mar-13 06:42:13

Belle - think Beverly Hillbiilies and Ellie May Clampett...

MERLYPUSS Sat 30-Mar-13 18:52:01

Amy, Eve, Elle, Alyssia, Alysha, Eva, Isobelle, Ava, Tilly, Summer-XXX, Isla

Ted, Harry, Jake, Charlie, Freddie, Archie, Alfie, Jayden, Joe

crashdoll Sat 30-Mar-13 19:06:01

Every other baby girl is being called Lily at the moment. Boys are Alfie.

Greythorne Sat 30-Mar-13 19:57:22

For boys:

For girls: every single name seems to end in -ine

(We are in Paris)

mulranno Sun 31-Mar-13 00:31:40

Boys - Horatio, Hugo, Raphael
Girls - Antigone, Delilah, Eliza

Selks Sun 31-Mar-13 00:38:08

Got loads of names like Elijah, Milo, Noah, Theo etc round here.

Cremolafoam Sun 31-Mar-13 00:38:31

Sapphire is doing the rounds as well as Hugo.

Cremolafoam Sun 31-Mar-13 00:39:11

Oh and Merlin

NadiaWadia Sun 31-Mar-13 05:20:47

Greythorne - that's interesting about popular names in France ATM. Completely different from here - except for Clementine which I think is also popular in UK? Pretty, as is Valentine. But Cappucine - isn't that a monkey or a monk or something? (Or a hot drink?)

Umanayana Sun 31-Mar-13 07:47:03

I have a two year old Clara. Slightly miffed that is looks like it's going to become popular. The new Dr Who assistant won't help! I also have a 15 year old who's name was virtually unheard of when he was born. It's now very popular. My middle child has a name that is on the up too. Grrrrrr! I still love all their names though.

MoaneyMcmoanmoan Sun 31-Mar-13 07:50:42


Every girl is called either Ruby or Lily.

AThingInYourLife Sun 31-Mar-13 08:21:39

Arlo, Cillian, Ethan

Haven't really noticed any trends with girls' names amongst people I know.

My DS's name has I only been mentioned once on here <phew> but if he had been a girl he would have been Grace, which is soo popular round these parts (Cambridgeshire) also Lily, Isla, Harry.
YY to some up thread who said lots of mid-twenties girls with Louise as their middle name - it's like a special club among my friends grin

farmersdaughter Sun 31-Mar-13 15:23:55

@ creamo I know a Merlin....aged 2. Location?

Utterly love this name it's brilliant.

elvislives Sun 31-Mar-13 15:59:08

Nursery was full of Isabelles and Evies, but Y1 class has none.

There are 20 girls in DD's class and all but 3 have a name that ends in a. The 3 that don't are all y/i.

The boys are called Riley, Dylan, William, James.

BikeRunSki Sun 31-Mar-13 16:04:27



BikeRunSki Sun 31-Mar-13 16:05:16

Amelia and Daniel too

williaminajetfighter Sun 31-Mar-13 20:41:18

In Glasgow it seemed tradtl Scottish names were v popular w some Irish thrown in for good measure:

Girls: Iona, Isla (loads!), Orla + Ava, Lily, Isabella, Evie, etcetera

Boys: Ruaridh, Connor, Callum, Hamish + Alfie, jack etc.

IroningBoredDaily Sun 31-Mar-13 21:48:52

How is Iona pronounced?

TheSecondComing Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:16

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language Sun 31-Mar-13 21:56:49

Evie, Sophia, Isabella, Emily, Beatrice Poppy, Lily - for girls

Oliver, Jack, Joshua, Isaac, Freddie, Finn - for boys

farmersdaughter Sun 31-Mar-13 22:02:18

Iona - I O NA

farmersdaughter Sun 31-Mar-13 22:08:43



DaveMccave Mon 01-Apr-13 00:18:07

mulranno where abouts are you?! How many Antigones do you know? It's a name we considered, it's not even on the name stats for last year so is s very surprised if its risen so dramatically in a year!

Didn't know about bounty app, will check it out.

anonymosity Mon 01-Apr-13 04:46:03

Where I currently live (on the US West Coast) these are hugely popular


agnesrose86 Mon 01-Apr-13 08:54:48

Round here the most popular names are Bea, Orla, Ella, Alex, Oliver, Oscar, I know 3 of each!

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Mon 01-Apr-13 10:57:14

Here in my bit of the South East we have:

William, Noah, James, Finlay/Finn, Joshua, Theo

Poppy, Isla, Ava, Isabelle/a, Eliza, Milly, Molly

skratta Mon 01-Apr-13 12:28:41

Here in Connecticut-

Zander (and one Xander only, these are full names)
Taylor (yes, for a boy and I like it actually)

Kayleigh (and one Kaylee, one Kayley and two Kaileighs!)
Isabelle (and variant spellings)
Erin has got popular here

mulranno Mon 01-Apr-13 14:36:12

Davemccave, I am in South Bucks, I know 4 Antigones, and 3 Cordelias

We have a jack - infact he's the only Jack in his year group of 80 kids.
We knew it was popular when we named him and there were 4 during his nursery years.
There are more Jakes than Jacks at his school.

TinyCC Mon 01-Apr-13 15:08:11

Where I am (North West England) there are lots of Jayden, Kayden, Brayden, Ava, Gracie, Isabella, Evie, Kane, Nevaeh and Cara's.

BassDownLow Mon 01-Apr-13 15:09:27

Popular names for under fives round here (Londnon yummy-ish mummy-ish area):

Annabel / Isobel and variants
Eva, Ava
Amelia, Amelie, Emilia

Theo, Leo

specialknickers Mon 01-Apr-13 18:00:59

In addition to the usual Tilly/Milly/Evie/Edie/Ava thing I'm meeting a lot of baby Emse / Elodies at the moment. That makes me a bit sad. It's one thing to give your child an overused top 20 name (I did!) knowing it was popular but if you're desperately trying to be different and you get to playgroup and are astonished to find multiple Freya / Florence / whatevers then I think it's a shame.

If you want your kid to have something really unique, pick something from our generation... You literally never come across a baby Loiuse or a Steve these days!

aquashiv Tue 02-Apr-13 00:28:16

Sophie Isobell Grace Evie Mia Ella Charlotte Rebecca
George Oliver Ben Noah Nathaniel and loads ending in ee

PetShopGirl Tue 02-Apr-13 15:08:05

I've got a five month old, so doing the rounds of baby groups etc we have met LOADS of Florences, lots of Williams, Tobys, Graces, Arthurs, Ellas and Finns, and at least a couple of Xanthes.

Also in just the last couple of weeks three Herberts!

DialsMavis Tue 02-Apr-13 15:12:57

My Matilda is known as Matilda or Tilda smile

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 02-Apr-13 18:36:23

I agree with Lexi(e) - am also in the Midlands! There also still seem to be a fair few Avas, Evas & Isabellas bobbing about.

For boys, Oliver & Oscar definitely.

melliebobs Tue 02-Apr-13 18:37:47

Amelia, eva/Evie, Jacob, jude

Rose, grace, ava Mae/mai all popular girl Middle names

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 02-Apr-13 18:39:32

Oh, and there are 2 Ophelias at DD's Tumble Tots class - I don't think it is hugely popular apart from that though (i.e. never met another one).

PennieLane Tue 02-Apr-13 18:51:44


Mia for girls


baskingseals Tue 02-Apr-13 20:17:25

I have recently met 2 small Myrtles.

i am in the east

CityGal29 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:29:42

And Amalie as well
Very faddy

CityGal29 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:30:05

Emily - emilia

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 03-Apr-13 08:08:10



DaveMccave Fri 05-Apr-13 01:27:45

Thanks mulranno there were less than 2 born in 2010 according to stats and its never been on the charts, so it's either a random occurrence (a case of copying perhaps?!) or they are all babies and its suddenly shot up in popularity in a couple of years. Very odd! But interesting.

TheCatInTheHairnet Fri 05-Apr-13 01:50:46

I've only read thd first page, but Charlie is every other 16 year old too, so it's been around for a while.

HoneyandRum Fri 05-Apr-13 23:37:05

I am in Germany and there are loads of Lillys and Amelies. Also Maya/Mayra (Mi-ra)
Boys: Sebastian, Noah, Lucas, Jonas, Fabian and Florian.

In the US (Seattle) 4 years ago my dd had no less than 6 Olivia's in one class (aged 7) Ava and Iris were also big.

zenoushka Sun 07-Apr-13 18:11:28

In North London I've come across a lot of the following names:















olivertheoctopus Sun 07-Apr-13 22:52:56

There's a Bounty app which gives you this info.

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