Each year, parents forgo traditional baby names in favour of unique ones, and experts expect 2019 will be no different.
As the end of 2018 nears, a year that saw names such as Sophia and Jackson topping the list of baby monikers, BabyCentre has released its trend predictions for 2019.
According to the pregnancy and parenting website, fashion, but more specifically, sneakers, will have an influence on popular names in the coming year, considering the rising popularity of names such as Van, Chuck and Taylor, and Nike shoe-names Max, Cortez, Monarch, and Jordan.
New parents are also expected to gain inspiration from the royal family when it comes to baby-naming, with the name Louis rising 17 per cent in popularity since the introduction of the newest royal baby.
The Duchess of Sussex’s name will appear a lot more frequently as well, after Meghan saw a 49 per cent increase for girls, and Eugenie and Jack will also be contenders.
Power couples in general will see their names issued to babies, according to BabyCentre, which predicts John and Chrissy of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will continue to be popular.
The effect has extended to the couple’s children’s names as well, with Luna seeing a 35 per cent increase for girls and Miles up 13 per cent for boys.
Parents are also likely to continue the trend of choosing gender-neutral names, according to the site, which suggests the new year will see parents choosing traditionally male names such as Max, Stevie and Tyler for their daughters.
And you can expect to see the return of traditionally female names such as Lindsey, Tracy and Kelsey for male babies.
The final trend prediction will focus on geography, according to BabyCentre, which suggests America’s Southern states will inspire when it comes to names.
Gender-neutral choices such as Tennessee, Memphis, Nash, Georgia, and Raleigh have all seen a surge in popularity in the past year.
In 2019, the site predicts Texas-inspired monikers will lead when it comes to boy names, with Austin, Dallas, and Antonio expected to be popular, and for girls, Savannah and Charlotte.
As for the trendiest baby name of all, previous insight into years of baby names found it to be Linda, after the name rose from obscurity to popularity in the US - and remained popular for years.
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