The Most Unique Baby Names Of 2020 Have Been Revealed
These days, there's often a lot of pressure on parents to pick a baby name that's both unique and memorable.
Traditional baby names are being replaced with modern equivalents, some of which have inadvertently become a source of mockery in popular culture. Sorry Norths and Apples.
It's true that every name we use today - from Isabel to Frank - was invented by someone at one point, so what's stopping us from doing the same today?
And while some 'made names' sound just plain stupid, some clever parents are creating rather beautiful monikers that could well be passed down the generations.
Names like Maevery, Faelina, Jaspin and Tovin are being legitimised on birth certificates across the UK - and the trend doesn't seem to be one that's dying down.
A survey of 1,772 parents found that seven per cent have already chosen a unique name for their baby, while 65 per cent would consider it with future children.
And it appears a popular school of thought is that a unique name will help a child stand out in life. 72 per cent agreed an original name will help give their little one an edge, with one in 50 even choosing made-up names so their child will stand out on social media. Well, got to cop that handle, eh?
A third of parents believe unique names will make their child feel special, although 16 per cent say invented names can be seem a bit show-offy.
ChannelMum.com baby name expert SJ Strum said: "Shakespeare invented many names that have stood the test of time like Imogen and Jessica.
"Now the social media boom means we are all writers and publishers, so parents are making up baby names that gives their child a unique start in life."
The study found that a desire for gender neutral names is leading the trend, with a third of parents making up something that falls between male and female.
Another popular trend (10 per cent of parents do it) includes merging a name that each parent likes to create a new name altogether. Well that's one way to keep both parties happy, we guess.
While nine per cent choose to mix names of relatives to honour family members.
But not everyone is on board with made up monikers. 62 per cent reckon the names could be seen as 'tacky or silly' while a third believe the child could be judged by school teachers because of it.
SJ Strum added: "In the online world, being 'discoverable' by your name is increasingly important and we're seeing more names registered than ever before.
"Maevery, with its strong V and AE sound, is bang on trend with the top two girl names Olivia and Amelia so I think it will become popular.
"Ranger is a great outdoorsy occupational name and with Hunter being a top riser of last year, hipsters will be looking to Ranger as the new cool name - but with a more plant based ethic."
Here's the top 'made up' names for girls:
Top 'made up' names for boys:
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