Medieval Baby Names are Back!

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1 year ago

When it comes to naming children, at the moment we are more likely to hear names such as Blue-Ivy, North West and Sparrow becoming the norm, as celebrities are choosing unique and original names in an attempt to be a bit different and stand out from the crowd.

What we didn’t expect however, was for the more medieval style baby names to come back into play. A recent survey has found that medieval monikers such as Millicent and Wyatt are actually making a prominent return.

A poll of around 4000 parents found that mums and dads are now turning to old historical names for their children over any of the more fantasy style names such as Princess or Crystal that were popular a few years ago. Nearly 36% of those surveyed said that they thought these names were actually now very out-dated.

One theory as to why these names could suddenly be reappearing after hundreds of years is down to a range of popular TV shows and films, such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. A name that has rapidly increased in popularity is “Ned”, which has recently been brought to people’s attention by actor Sean Bean who played a character called Ned Stark in the first series of Game of Thrones.

Another Game of Thrones character called Khaleesi seems to have been an inspiration for many parents, with 146 baby girls across the country now having been given the name.

Of those surveyed, two in five said that they had chosen a name for their child that was actually popular over 350 years ago, while many also said they had seen an increase in the more old-fashioned names in their area over the past year.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, said the new trend of medieval names actually differs from the usual flow of popular name styles that make a return:

“Baby names usually work on an 80-year cycle of popularity – but some of the Olde English baby names coming back haven't been in fashion for almost 800 years. However, they tick all the boxes for modern parents, being unusual but traditional, and cool but not too wacky."


Edwardian style names that had come back into fashion over the last couple of years, such as Stanley and Edith, are now beginning to die down again making away for a new generation of Audleys and Peytons. 

The poll, conducted by Netmums, revealed that one in eight mums decide on their baby’s name before they even find out that they are pregnant, but the most popular time to pick a name is any time between week 20 and the day the baby is born.

Another popular trend when naming babies is to choose a “blended cultural” name, which can represent the ethnic heritage of both parents. 6% of parents are opting for blended names just as “Sophia Patel” or “Jackson Hussein”.

Many people choose names for their babies before they have actually planned the children themselves, but one in five of those asked said that they now kept any new name they liked a secret, after a friend or relative had taken a name for their own child, which they had previously hoped to use.

Who knows what the next trend in baby names could be? Last year fruit and vegetables seemed to become pretty popular in the US, with 257 boys being named Kale, after the leafy plant and 1,086 girls named Olive.

Would you consider giving your baby a medieval name or do you think modern names are the way forward? Let us know in the comments!



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