I don’t think it will come as a big surprise that naming a baby is a hard task. It can take months for two people to decide on a name. There are so many factors to consider. Do they want a short or long name? Are there any nicknames that can be created?
What seems to be very important today is how common, or not common, a name is. This has shown to have great importance to parents. Parents want their child to stand out, and they won’t be able to when they share a name with half of their kindergarten class. We see it happen time after time, there are a select few names that go through periods of being really popular. Names that seem to pop up on every birth announcement. A lot of parents want to avoid this.
The best way to do that is to try and figure out what will be some of the hottest names the year a baby is born. No one can say for certainty what will happen, but there is a trend coming. Experts are saying that baby names in 2019 will be largely inspired by cartoon characters, literary characters as well as places.
There are also names that are about to say good-bye. Names that we won’t hear very often at all in the coming year. These are safe choices for parents who want a unique name.
Names that will be all the rage in 2019:
We are going to start with the names that are bound to be all the rage in 2019. Beatrix is a name that is inspired by Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved Peter Rabbit books. The name Beatrix is Latin in origin and it means “she who brings happiness.”
What a wonderful meaning. According to Nameberry.com, this name is not currently ranked when it comes to popularity. This means it is not in the top 1000, yet. This name may see a great comeback in the year to come.
We doubt there is a parent out there who doesn’t hear the name Chase and immediately think of Paw Patrol. Paw Patrol is one of the most popular shows right now for little kids, and parents are pulling inspiration from this team of rescue dogs.
The name Chase is of French origin and it means “to hunt.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #94 when it came to popularity. It has also risen another 11% this week alone, proving that it is on the way up.
This name needs no introduction, as we all know that it is the name of the great ice queen from the Disney movie Frozen. Parents were forced to watch this movie so much that they have started to love the name, and it is about to show up everywhere.
The name is actually the German version of the name Elisabeth. It means “pledged to God.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #683, so it is falling somewhere in the middle. We expect this name to have jumped in 2018 and then again in 2019.
Aria has been popular for a while now, but it shows no sign of slowing down and it is bound to be in the top spot soon. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #20, and this week alone the name has jumped another 6%. This is partly thanks to the popularity of the show Game of Thrones, and a beloved character.
The name comes from Italy, and it means “air; song or melody.” The name has an elegant and joyful sound to it.
What we are also seeing is a trend, are older names that are coming back in style, specifically names from the 1970’s. David is a classic name, that has never really truly gone out of style. It was just waiting in the shadows until it was time for it to shine again.
The name David is of Hebrew origin and it means “beloved.” It is also a name that has strong roots in the Bible. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #23 when it comes to popularity. It has risen another 13% this week alone.
Now, Cliff is a name that you won’t hear every day, or at least for a little bit longer. Another name that we thought was left in the 70’s may be making its way back to the top. The name is a shortened version of the name Clifford or Clifton. It actually has no official meaning.
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity right now. This would be the perfect choice for parents who really want to give their child a unique and one-of-a-kind name.
Christine may be sitting at the end of the popularity chart right now, but it is about to come out of retirement if the trend is correct. The name was sitting at #786 in popularity in 2017, but it has risen 30% this week alone.
The name is of French origin and it means “anointed.” The name also sports the possibility of the cute nickname, Chris, to go with it. Christina is another great variation of this name, so there are a lot of options for expectant parents out there.
Some of the names that are bound to be big hits in 2019 are inspired by places. The good thing about names like this is that they are generally unisex. Cairo is a perfect name for either a little lad or lady and it is inspired by one of the most fascinating places on earth.
Due to this name being the name of a place, it fails to have an official place of origin or meaning. When used for a little lady, the name is not currently ranked in popularity. However, when used for a little boy the name is currently sitting at #646.
Dallas has been kicking around for a while now when it comes to being used as a baby name, but it may be about to get a bit more popular. The name is considered a place name, but it is also Irish in origin. The name means “skilled.”
When the name is used for a little boy it is ranked at #260 for popularity (in 2017). The name can also be used for little girls, but it is ranked much lower at #577 on the popularity chart.
Brian is a name that seemed to have faded away, but all good things come back and so is this cute and classic name. The name is of Irish origin and it means “strong, virtuous and honorable.” That is a lot for anyone to stand up to. What a wonderful meaning.
In 2017, the name Brian was sitting at #217 when it comes to popularity. It has only seen a slight jump in the charts this week, rising 1%. Chances are, this name will be climbing towards the top at a slow and steady pace.
Patricia is not a name you hear very often, but it is still as beautiful now as it once was when it was at the top of the charts about 40 years ago. Patricia is another 70’s inspired name that is said to be taking over in 2019.
The name is of Latin origin and it means “noble.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #889 in popularity, but it did rise 19% this week alone. It is going to make a slow climb into the top spot and into all of our hearts.
Julia has a very famous-sound to it, and that is probably because of the Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles. It has an air of regality to it. The name is of Latin origin and it means “youthful.” We want our children to always stay young at heart, so why not give them a name that means it.
In 2017, this name was ranked in at #93 when it comes to popularity. It is pretty impressive for any name to be in the top 100. The name is also sitting there comfortably right now, but it is just waiting for the right time.
Eve is a classic name that has a lot going for it. It is probably one of the most biblical names out there. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “life.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #436 when it comes to popularity, and it is slowly inching higher as every week goes by.
Parents love this name because it is simple and pure sounding. Short names are becoming very trendy, names that are easy to say and spell. Eve may just be the perfect choice for any little bundle of joy.
Jemima is definitely not a name that we hear every day, and it may make some people think of maple syrup. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “dove.” The dove is an international symbol of peace and love, two very important virtues in a person.
In 2017, the name was not ranked at all when it came to popularity. If parents want this name to stay unique and one-of-a-kind, they better grab the name before 2019 hits. That is when all of the little babies will be sporting this name.
Roly is another name that is inspired by children’s animation, and one that a lot of parents may give their little baby boy in 2019. The name is actually of German origin and it means “Famed land.” The name is also a nickname for the longer version, Roland.
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but that is just in North America. The name is quite popular in Germany and other European places. This is sure to make your little one sound very exotic and well-traveled, even if he is just a baby.
We have a couple more names that are inspired by places that are set to be all the rage in 2019. Israel is already quite a hit, we don’t know how it could get any more popular. Apparently, there is still room for this name to grow. In 2017, the name was only sitting at #235 when it came to popularity.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “he who struggles with God.” Israel is a name that is popular among celebrities and common folks alike.
The last place name on our list really shows that no one is afraid to get creative anymore when it comes to baby names. Parents are taking risks and it is really paying off. We suppose India could be considered a unisex name, but it is listed as a feminine name only.
There is no origin or meaning for this name, as it is simply a place name. In 2017, the name was sitting on the popularity charts at #890. The name is also slowly rising, having gone up 2% this week alone.
Peter is a classic name that is found in nursery rhythms as well as children’s books. Peter Rabbit and Peter Pan are two of the most beloved stories of all time, so it is no surprise that parents love this name. The name is of Greek origin and it means “rock.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #213 when it comes to popularity. It is still part of the hot-name loop, but it is said to start climbing back towards the top by 2019.
The last name on the hit list is another one borrowed from Paw Patrol. Many would recognize this name from Sylvester Stallone’s movies of the same name, but then they became parents and they now know it as the name of the recycle pup.
Rocky originated in Italy and it means “rest.” It is considered a variation of the name Rocco. In 2017, the name was sitting at #955, so it is almost off the list. The name may be saved from being taken off the list come 2019.
The names we won't hear much of in 2019:
7 Goodbye - Eugene
Now we are going to move on to the names that we don’t expect to see very much of in 2019. This is not a bad thing; these names may be perfect for parents who want that name they won’t see everywhere. The name that will make their child stand out.
Eugene is Greek in origin and it means “wellborn, noble.” In 2017, the name was sitting at #814 when it comes to popularity, and since it dropped another 11%, we may not see it around much longer.
6 Goodbye - Lucille
Lucille is such a sweet name for a little lady that we are sad to see it fading away into the distance. Lucille is of French origin and it means “light.” Our children are definitely the light of our lives, so it makes sense.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #264, which may seem like it is still quite popular. It is, for now. The trend is showing that this name will not be very common for much longer. If you want a name that is hot, you better grab this one now.
5 Goodbye - Carmen
Carmen is an older name that is suited for either gender of baby. Perfect for parents who are waiting until birth to find out what they are having. This way they have a perfect name that works for whatever their little bean is.
The name Carmen is actually the Spanish variation of the name Carmel and it means “garden.” In 2017, the name was ranked at #405 when it comes to popularity. It is spiking a little bit in popularity now, but it is expected to drop again soon.
4 Goodbye - Elliot
This is an adorable name for a little boy, and it has been since parents heard it as the name of the main character in the movie ET. Sadly, this name may be on its way to outer space, much like the aircraft from the movie.
The name is of English origin. It is another version of the name Elijah or Elias. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #161 when it comes to popularity. It has a long way to drop, but everything indicates that it will.
3 Goodbye - Maisie
There is something really interesting about this entry. We mentioned earlier that the name Aria was going to be huge in 2019, due to the character on the HBO show, Game of Thrones. Well, that character is played by an actress name Maisie, and Maisie may be on its way out.
This name is the Scottish version of the name Margaret and it means “pearl.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #524 but it has dropped 3% this week alone. It is slowly making its way off the charts, but not out of our hearts.
2 Goodbye - Norman
When people hear the name Norman, they can’t help but think of Norman Bates, the main character from the film, Psycho. Well, this name is about to check out of the motel. The name is of English origin and it means “northerner, Norseman.”
The name is already not ranked at all when it comes to popularity, and it shows no signs of coming back onto the charts anytime soon. Perfect for the parents who don’t want their child to have to share a name in school.
1 Goodbye - Jean
Jean is a classic name, but some may find it a bit boring. This may be why no one is naming their child this anymore. The name is English and Scottish origin and it means “God is gracious.”
The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is not in the charts at all. Jean was once known as the feminine version of the name John. This name officially dropped off the charts in 1994 and has not been seen since. Maybe one day it will make a glorious comeback.