While many Baby Boomers and members of the Starts at 60 community became grandparents in 2018, many more are expecting to hear the pitter-patter of little feet in the new year.
Welcoming a new baby into the family is an exciting time for all involved and one of the biggest and most important decisions is picking a name for the new arrival.
Baby website Baby Centre has revealed its top predictions for baby names in 2019. Parents have been using the website to look for a wide range of names in 2018, with the website claiming everything from Disney characters to rock stars and feminist icons to the weather have been inspiring parents-to-be.
As such, the website has revealed the biggest movers and shakers from this year and a list of baby name predictions for 2019.
While many families like to stick to tradition or pick classic names, it looks like the 1970s could be making a comeback in a big way. This year saw a huge increase in the number of 80s’-inspired names, but it turns out the ‘70s are now popular.
Popular names from that decade set to make a comeback include Brian, Barry and Patricia. Other names to look out for include Cliff, Christine and Susan.
Popular culture also seems to be playing a role in the names parents are giving their children. For example, the popularity of Peter has increased after the release of the Peter Rabbit movie earlier this year, while Beatrix (the name of the author of the Peter Rabbit book series) and Jemima (after character Jemima Puddle-Duck) are also set to increase in popularity.
It also seems like characters from popular cartoon Paw Patrol are becoming increasingly popular, with names including Ryder, Chase, Marshall and Rocky also being registered on the website. The Frozen craze also shows no signs of slowing down, with Anna and Elsa also predicted to be big next year.
Game of Thrones is thought to be behind the rise of names including Aria, Sansa, Tyrion and Jon, while Julia and David from the popular drama The Bodyguard are also set to be big.
Travel destinations also seem to be influencing baby names, with the likes of India, Dallas, Israel and Cairo all being searched more than ever before.
The latest list comes after old-fashioned favourites proved to be the least popular this year.
In a list released by website Netmums, it was revealed Gary – very much so a popular name in the ’50s – is the number one least popular male name of 2018, while Annette topped the list for females.
Sadly, all those grandparents out there hoping their grandchildren will be named after them are in for a terrible shock with Ronald, Elaine and Clive also making an appearance.