Names are like any other trends, sometimes they are in fashion and sometimes they are not. However, when it comes to names it could be a little bit more complex than people first thought. According to a recent study, there is a reason why names continuously go in and out of fashion. For instance, many parents blame social convention for the initial choice of their baby's name, with "trying to fit in" with current trends one of the biggest reasons. Furthermore, parents often try to find unique and mysterious names, which then ironically catch on and become the new hot name on the market. Whatever the reason, names are always going to be hot and cold, so here are 10 names that have recently come back into fashion.
Arthur has been around for a long time and was extremely popular around the early 20th century. The name is mostly known for its Royal connotations, especially in England and France. For instance, Arthur was the name of the legendary (and maybe invented), British King, King Arthur of the Round Table of Knights. There are also a number of nicknames for Arthur, such as Art, or Archie. In fact, the British prince, Prince Harry, the son of the late Princess Diana of Wales, named his firstborn son, Archie. As a result, the name has shot back up into the charts of most popular names across the world.
The 90s was a wonderful time for fashion, movies and all things grunge, therefore it is no surprise to see that trends from the 90s are somewhat coming back into fashion. Yes, even though the 90s weren't that long ago, it seems people can't get enough of the nostalgia. In fact, so many things from the 90s had a huge effect on society as well as pop culture, even the names. Yes, the name Meghan peaked extremely high during the 90s, only to take a small dip in the early '00s. However, the name recently shot back up again, and it's not difficult to see why. That's right, Meghan Markle single handily made the name popular again, mostly due to the fact that she married into the British Royal family.
Three letter names have always dipped in and out of fashion, and don't usually last that long in the limelight as a result. However, it seems that the more obscure and dated three-letter names are now making a comeback, with the name Hal becoming more and more popular every year. In fact, Hal is actually a nickname for the more common and widely known names of Henry, Harry, or Harold, therefore it is easy to understand why it hasn't managed to succeed on its own as an outright first name.
Plus, the name of the evil computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey is also named Hal, which doesn't help things. Nevertheless, the name is making a comeback and will most certainly be a popular three-letter name in the next few years.
The name Minerva has been around for centuries and is mostly known for being the Roman goddess of wisdom. After the Romans, the name somewhat dipped and didn't reappear until the late 1800s where it remained for a few years as one of the most common names of the Western world. Then, just like that, it disappeared again and hasn't really been seen since, until Harry Potter anyway. Yes, Professor Minerva McGonagall is probably one of the most beloved characters in the book and has helped people rediscovered the once-forgotten name. Therefore, as a result, the name has become extremely popular again.
Daniel is one of those names that seems to have been around forever. Funnily enough, it has, well kind of anyway. Yes, the name comes from the 2nd century, Book of Daniel, and has remained a popular named ever since. However, over the years the name has dipped in and out of fashion, with parents preferring to shorten the name to Dan or Danny. Nevertheless, Daniel has been a very common name over the last decade and can be found pretty much all over the world. In fact, the name is also a popular surname, and in 2000 it was the 182nd most common surname in the USA.
Eve is mostly known for its severe religious connotations, for instance, in the Abrahamic religions, Eve is the name of the first woman. The name comes from the Latin name Eva, with the traditional meaning of Eve meaning living. Due to its iconic status, the name has been used since, well, forever, however, it hasn't always been so popular. In fact, it only really became common after the Protestant Reformation, whereas before it was mostly associated with Judaism. Nowadays, the name is pretty frequent around Christmas, but it is slowly but surely making a comeback all through the year.
It seems obvious to why the name Lincoln is so common among North Americans, with the name mostly associated with one of the most popular Presidents of all time. Yes, Abraham Lincoln has gone on to inspire several parents over the years, with both Abraham and Lincoln viable first names. However, although in the past, Lincoln was mostly used as a surname, it is now an extremely popular first name and is number 39 in the top 100 boys name in the United States. In fact, it seems likely that the name will only continue to grow, with it expected to be in the top 10 over the next few years.
The name Winifred first originated in Wales, UK, and originally meant, blessed peacemaking, in Welsh. Back in the early 1900s the name was one of the most popular girl's names of the time and didn't leave the top 200 until the 1940s. Over the years, the name has appeared in a number of television shows and movies, such as The Forsyte Saga, Angel, and Hocus Pocus. However, despite its popularity in the media, the name has failed to catch on in real-time, until now that it is. Yes, the name is now considered to be a vintage name that is making a comeback, so get ready for more Winfred's in the next few years.
The name Benedict first originated in Latin and meant, good or well-spoken. Over the years, the name has conjured up a number of religious connotations, mostly due to the famed, Saint Benedict of Nursia, who is often named the founder of Western Christian monasticism. However, although the name was used religiously for some time, it didn't become popular as a regular first name in Europe until the 12th century. Since then, the name has dipped in and out of fashion, with some parents preferring to avoid the religious overtones. But, mostly down to the popularity of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the name has somewhat reappeared.
The name Jean has undergone a number of spellings over the years, such as Jeen, Gene, Gean, or Jeane. However, it is Jean that remains the most common. The name can be both masculine and feminine, and it can be pronounced in different ways. Over the years, the name has come in and out of fashion and was popular for both girls and boys during the early 1900s. Since then, the name has somewhat dwindled, apart from a small surge in the male Jean during the early 00s. But, despite the lack of Jeans in the world today, it has been suggested that Jean will be the next vintage name to make a severe comeback. Bring on the Jean!