Nameberry just released their official list of the most popular baby names for the first quarter of 2019 and the results may come as a bit of a surprise to you.
The name Posie for instance, a name that has never before ranked in the top 1,000, takes the number one spot for girls so far for 2019, with Milo claiming the top spot for boys. “We calculate our popularity list based on which names attracted the most of the 11 million views of our name pages so far this year,” says Nameberry.
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Nameberry co-creator and CEO, Pamela Redmond Satran, specifies that the names that top their list of 1000 are the ones most likely to get “hotter over the next few years.” So even if you haven’t met an abundance of little Milo’s and Posie’s, you’re likely to relatively soon.
How does the new list stack up against the old ones?
The most popular names based on Nameberry’s previous December list, for the year 2018, are as follows:
If the metrics used by Nameberry are indeed suggestive of future trends, your children can expect to hear a lot more colorful additions to morning attendance.
For girls, the top five for the first quarter of 2019 are:
According to Nameberry, three naming components are the most in en vogue with young people. New hip parents like vintage names, names that are derived from nature, and names that boast a sort of nickname vibe. Posie happens to be an example of all three.
It’s a name that has roots dating pretty far back (it’s the feminine version of the Hebrew name Yosef, which means “he will add”), it has a floral association (the English definition of the word being a small bouquet) and it is often a shorter version of names like Penelope or Josephine.
Milo doesn’t correctly hold to all these factors. Even if it’s exact derivation is a bit unclear, it is potentially based on the old German root “Milan,” meaning to mill, beat, crush, or rub until fine or tender. Similarly, the name Atticus which is quickly gaining global popularity dates back to old Roman times. Atticus means from Attica, which is the region in Greece that surrounds Athens. Milo may have caught on because of the massively popular tearjerker series “This is Us,” which stars actor Milo Ventimiglia.
The most popular boy names for the first quarter of 2019 are:
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