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Baby names: Advice for choosing your baby's name

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Choosing a name for your baby can be a daunting prospect. It stays with them for the rest of their life, so no pressure it's a big decision – and one of the first you'll make as a parent.

Do you want something traditional or a name that's more unusual? Will you go with something that's currently popular – or avoid the top 100 names at all costs? There's a lot to consider. But don't panic. We've got stacks of valuable advice to help you choose.


Most popular baby names

See which boys' and girls' names top the new top 100 list – and decide whether or not you're going to follow the flock.

Baby name wars


Our survey revealed that many grandparents aren't happy with the name chosen for their grandchild – see the reasons why they're most likely to object.

Unusual boys' and girls' names

If you don't want your child to be one in a crowd of identical names, then step away from the baby books and choose from one of these less common monikers.

Things to consider when choosing a baby name

What's in a name? Well, quite a lot actually. There's middle names, nicknames and initials to consider – and that's just for the shortlist. Decisions, decisions…

Traditional name choices

Some names are made to stand the test of time. Whether it's a family tradition or a trend that's come back around, old-fashioned names are a strong choice.

Choosing a middle name

So you've whittled down the shortlist and (hopefully) come to some agreement – but what about other names?! Time to start the process all over again.

Baby name generator

Get some inspiration with our name generator. Search by letter, origin, potential nicknames – or see what's most popular with Mumsnetters before you decide.

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Seasonal baby names

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