How to choose the right name?

Naming your baby is one of the hardest decisions parents have to make, its also the first thing you need to do when baby arrives and feels like a huge responsibility when it comes to actually making the decision.

Your little one will have their name FOREVER!

Sometimes people just know what their baby will be called even before they have met them (some have a name they've always wanted to use). Others find themselves still deciding on the day they register the birth. Its really hard to know if your baby will suit their name and hopefully they will like it.

Its really interesting to see how the trends in names change over the years and which names come into fashion or go out of fashion. Each generation has popular names and some classic names are making a come back with new ways of spelling. Some parents are replacing letters with X, Y and Z, for example, Roze is replacing Rose, Liyam instead of Liam and Maizie for Maisie.

Names which would also have been considered old fashioned have also made a come back in recent years. Royal names have always been a firm favourite, especially with popular royals such as William and Catherine. The Prince and Princess of Wales have definitely helped with George, Charlotte and Louis.

According to the baby centre survey the most popular girls baby name for 2022 was Olivia, closely followed by Sophia. With regards to boys names the most popular is Oliver and Noah.

We have compiled a list of the most popular baby boys and girls names;

Boys names;

1. Oliver

2. Noah

3. George

4. Harry

5. Leo

6. Charlie

7. Jack

8. Dylan

9. Freddie

10. Alfie


Girls names;

1. Olivia

2. Sophia

3. Amelia

4. Lily

5. Emily

6. Ava

7. Isla

8. Aria

9. Mia

10. Isabella

Recent discussions on Mumsnet have highlighted the problems of friends and family using your chosen baby names before you get chance to use it and whether its acceptable to go ahead anyway.

One such example is two sisters becoming pregnant within a year of each other, would it be disrespectful to name your baby the same as your sisters baby? Some are of the opinion that there are hundreds of name to choose from so go for something different. Others sympathise and suggest go for the name you want! 

It's totally your choice!