Top Girls’ Names For 2019 – And How to Choose THE One!

Choosing a baby’s name is one of the toughest decisions you’ll have. It has to suit a baby, child AND an adult, you don’t want it to be too outlandish, but nor do you want your child to have the same name as five of her classmates.

Likewise, you don’t want to choose a name that is too on-trend; since 2013, the name Daenerys has risen in popularity in homage to Game of Thrones' Mother of Dragons, only to realise the darker connotations to the name at the end of the final series.

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Despite these pitfalls, we continue to source baby name inspiration from television, celebrities and, of course, the Royal Family. If you want your baby to have personalised gifts that are actually spelt right, you might want to select your baby names from Bounty’s top 100.

The Top Five

Oliva, Amelia and Isla keep their crowns as the three most popular girls’ names for 2019, while Emily and Ava remain in the top five but switch places, with Ava taking fourth and Emily dropping one place to number five. If you definitely don’t want your daughter sharing her name with a classmate, it is best to avoid these names in 2020.

The Climbers

Some are crediting Peaky Blinders with the rise in more old-fashioned names such as Ada, Esme and Grace, but it could just be that traditional names are re-emerging after being forgotten for a generation. Rosie, Sofia and Florence have gained traction, too in the last year, as well as more modern names such as Mila, Harper and Luna. Luna is the name of the goddess of the moon, but its rise in popularity is more likely to be down to the Harry Potter heroine, Luna Lovegood.

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The New Entries

Some names have soared in popularity, making it onto the top 100 list for the first time in years; these include Nevaeh, up 27 places to 88, Myla, up a whopping 39 places to 91, and Felicity, up six places to a precarious 99.

The Safe Bets

Some names are classic favourites; they may not be in the top ten or even, for that matter, the top fifty most popular baby names, but they are well known, easy to spell and pretty much available when it comes to personalised gifts (which is a good test of a name’s popularity). These include the favourite flower names: Poppy, Daisy and even the less popular Iris and traditional classics like Victoria, Charlotte and Louise.

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Whatever your preference: original, on-trend or traditional, don’t worry too much. Try not to listen to anyone else’s opinion (we all have that one friend that destroyed our favourite baby name with a quip or insult), and go with your heart; after all, you’re the one that is going to have to use the name pretty much every day for the rest of your life.

A general rule of parenting and, in fact, of life is to be true to yourself and trust your instincts. Just make sure that, if you do choose a name with complicated spelling, everyone knows the correct spelling, or you will spend the rest of your life having to deal with misspelt cards and gifts. Most of all, remember to enjoy your new bundle. There’s always deed poll, after all…..

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