Popular Baby Names

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Choosing a baby name for your child is in many ways helping to create their new identity for the world. Personally I believe that the parents should decide, and not be influenced by anyone, or any third party. Yes you may have a great Aunt Georgina, but that does not mean you need to call your son George.

Now I have nothing against either name as my point is you do not need to follow family tradition. You can if you want to, as long as it is your decision.That means it’s not wise to just settle for any baby name that will suit your grandma’s or auntie’s taste. Make your own decision and never let others influence that.

Some parents do like to follow a family tradition and there is certainly merit in doing that. Just as long as both parents are happy with the final decision, is all that really matters.

I remember a few years ago a cartoon came out called Pochahontas and yes some parents called their daughters that name. Now I don’t know about you, but those girls have had to live with that choice. I know a girl who was called that and she changed it as soon as she turned 18. I can truly understand why.

More Than One Baby Name

Some people opt for one name, some for two and some for three. What I recommend you don’t do is go for any more than that. There was one person in England who gave his child the first name of every player in the Manchester United football team.

Watch Out for Initials

Quite often your child may have to use their initials. Give that a little thought. Ashlee Sharon Scott sounds ok but check out her initials. Stephen Henry Ivan Todd does not quite sound that hot either. So if picking a couple of Christian names, just write out the full initials, and see if that works.

Celebrity Baby Names

Celebrities might get away with odd names for their babies, but can you imagine what can happen to a child called Tixie Tinkerbell? It is a trend that is happening but not one that I would recommend you necessary have to follow.

I thought I would put together a top 10 list of the most popular baby names so far in 2016/2017. Let’s start with the girl’s names:

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Top 10 Girls Names for Baby

  1. Olivia – a beautiful and kind hearted girl (First used by William Shakespear)
  2. Emma – meaning whole or universal
  3. Sophia – Wisdom and has a Greek origin
  4. Isabella – Pledged to God – a variant of Elizabeth
  5. Ava – Bird and a variation of Eve
  6. Charlotte – meaning free and the feminine form of Charles
  7. Mia – Meaning most wished for – Shorter version of Miriam
  8. Emily – Meaning industrious or striving – from the Latin Aemilla
  9. Harper – Meaning harp player and angelic
  10. Avery – Meaning wise and a variant of Alfred

Top 10 Boys Names for Baby

  1. Ethan
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Noah
  5. Lucas
  6. Aiden
  7. Jacob
  8. James
  9. Logan
  10. William

It is always interesting to see how trends change and yet some of the older names like James and Emma remain there for many years. The ultimate decision for the name always rests with the parents of course. Good luck with the birth. The best of luck with picking a name that will identify your child for the rest of its life.