The top 20 baby names which are set to make a comeback have been predicted by new research. It is based on record analysis and in line with the 100 year cycle of popularity. The research has been done by Findmypast and it has also revealed that royal events will affect the popularity of the names.
Elizabeth surged with a 16% increase in popularity in 1926, which was of course the year of the Queen’s birth. Very similar after a dip in the 1960s and 1970s the birth of Prince Harry in 1984 sparked a surge in popularity in the following decades.
The experts at Findmypast have found that the royal obsession is set to continue across the next decade. They have found that families could be looking to the recent births of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s babies, Lillibet and Archie, for inspiration, reports Wales Online .
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Royal marriages also provided the population with plenty of inspiration when it came to choosing a name for their babies throughout history, with a whopping 56% increase in babies named Phillip in 1947, the year the Prince married Elizabeth. Similarly, the name Diana saw a resurgence in 1981, in celebration of her wedding to Prince Charles with a staggering 122% increase in babies named after her.
Digitised exclusively by Findmypast and recently released to the public for the first time a century later, the 1921 Census revealed the most popular names for children under one. Expert historians used this data along with an analysis of current royal trends to predict which baby names are most likely to have a revival. You can now easily uncover the history of individual names online using Findmypast’s What’s In a Name search tool.
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Mary McKee, Head of Content Publishing Operations at Findmypast, said: “History always has a tendency to repeat itself and baby names are no exception. All roads point to Joan as parents are increasingly looking to name their baby girls after strong female historical figures, and who better to take inspiration from than Joan of Arc. When it comes to boys’ names, these have a tendency of coming back into fashion but as their nickname equivalent – Frederick becomes Freddie, Archibald becomes Archie and so there is every chance that Ronald could come back into circulation as Ronnie.”
Joan tops the list as the name most likely to make a return to favour in the coming years. The name was previously in the Top 10 most popular baby names in 1921, as revealed by the 1921 Census, it then plummeted in popularity in the mid-1950s before falling out of the Top 100 entirely. The resurgence has even already begun for some names, with Arthur, Freddie and Edward re-entering 2021’s Top 100 Baby Names for Boys, and Rose, Iris, Ada all featuring on the list for girls.
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