Choosing a baby name is quite possibly one of the hardest decisions that parents-to-be face, with so many possibilities and different trends to try and stay ahead of. We’ve done the research and found that many of the names that were at the height of popularity in recent years have been suddenly going out of fashion. But what could be causing these rapid declines? The reasons behind it may surprise you! Watch the full video to find out if your baby name is facing extinction and let us know what you think about these baby names here.
On girls’ names, our study of 1,434 parents found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to controversial columnist Katie Hopkins, the ‘I Am Cait’ TV show following Caitlyn Jenner and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favour of new Royal Meghan.
Overall, 55 per cent of parents would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change their name altogether.
Our ChannelMum.com baby name expertSJ Strum, said: “Although Alexa was a popular choice a few years ago, the rapid proliferation of Amazon Alexas is killing it off. No one wants a daughter and a device with the same name.”
Alexa – The popularity of Amazon Alexa is making this a tricky choice for modern parents. You can’t have a child and a device answering to the same name
Felicia – As ‘Bye, Felicia’ is a millennial insult and internet-breaking Meme
Katie / Cait – Whether it’s Katie Hopkins, the popularity of TV show ‘I Am Cait’ or worries over being a ‘copyKate’ to Kate Middleton, fewer parents are picking this pretty choice.
Scarlett – Being ditched for the even more on-trend and millennial pink Violet
Lauren – With way too many reality TV star connections, it’s no longer an aspirational choice
Stan – Hashtag #Stan means ‘stalker fan’ in millennial slang
Ollie – It’s the name of a popular American pet food brand and is now a YouTube internet phenomenon with humans scoffing their dog’s dinners
Christian – Whether it’s Grey or a nod to religion in multi-cultural Britain, the popularity of this name is on the slide
Harvey – Weinstein, say no more
Ryan – Ryan where? This was once of the UK’s most popular names but is plunging in popularity, as parents don’t want their kids linked to a budget airline.
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