Leading UK parenting site BabyCentre has discovered a surprising trend in baby names in 2023. After analysing searches made by parents on their site, it was revealed that the wild west is becoming a popular source of inspiration for baby names. Names such as Billy, Wyatt, Pearl, and Clementine are becoming more common!
In addition to the wild west, parents are also looking to the stars for inspiration. Searches for names inspired by the solar system have been on the rise, with names like Apollo, Cosmo, Ariel, and Luna becoming more popular for both baby boys and girls.
Another trend in baby names in 2023 is gender neutrality. BabyCentre’s experts have observed a doubling of the number of names that are shared by both boys and girls in their registration. Popular gender-neutral names include Riley, Frankie, Harley, Blake, Rowan, River, Robin, and Morgan.
Despite these modern trends, old-fashioned and biblical names are still popular choices for parents. Names like Florence, Arthur, Eve, and Noah are expected to remain popular in 2023. Additionally, parents looking for a classical vibe are turning to names from Greek and Roman mythology, such as Apollo, Troy, Calliope, and Daphne.
Finally, parents are also looking for baby names in 2023 that give off a classy and sophisticated vibe. Searches for posh names like Jocasta, Tamara, Barnaby, and Tybalt are expected to increase, as well as names inspired by gemstones, like Ruby and Jet.
What the experts say
Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said: “Who could have predicted that wild west names would be a new trend? We’ll be looking out for more babies named Billy, Wyatt, Butch and Levi and Clementine, Daisy, Pearl and Mae later this year when we look at our registrations.
“One thing’s for sure, old-fashioned names are still in fashion while parents are still loving Bible names. Names from ancient mythology and the planets could become a new classical trend though as mums and dads look for something more unusual but familiar.
“We’ve seen the proportion of gender-neutral names soar too, which is no surprise given the rising awareness around gender fluidity. It’s another trend we’ll be keeping an eye on.
“Another possibility is that parents may take the lead from celebrities and their recent Disney-inspired names. Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury named their newborn daughter Bambi, and Stacey Dooley called hers Minnie so we could see an increase in searches for Disney names.”
Top search terms for baby names of 2023
- Wild west names
- Gender neutral names
- Names from mythology
- Bible names
- Names inspired by the solar system
- Posh and old-fashioned names
- Names inspired by gemstones