The 90s baby names making a comeback

The 90s baby names making a comeback

Mumsnet survey reveals the most popular baby names of the 90s returning in 2018

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With the revival of Clueless-inspired outfits and an imminent Spice Girls reunuion on the cards, it's fair to say we're a nation still revelling in nineties nostalgia. It comes as no surprise then to hear that the most popular baby names in the 1990s are also making a comeback.

Prior to the announcement of the ONS most popular baby names 2017, a survey conducted by UK website for parents, Mumsnet reveals this year's trends among its users. The results showed that baby names from the '90s could make a comeback.  

When shown a list of ONS’s top boys’ and girls’ names from 1994, 63% of survey respondents 'liked or loved ‘James’ (number two in 1994, now number 12) and ‘Charlotte’ (number four in 1994, now number 12).'

Out of the most popular girls’ names from 1994 and 1964, respondents stated they'd be least likely to name their baby Tracey or Sharon. 'Nationwide, out of almost 700,000 babies born in 2016, there were just 30 Sharons, six Traceys and six Dianes.'

Based on Mumsnet's survey, here are the top 5 boys and girls from 1994 predicted to make a comeback.

Daniel

Coming in at number 4 in 1994 on a list of popular boys names, Daniel now sits at number 28 and was loved or liked by 57% of survey respondents.

The name Daniel is of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge" and can often be found in lists of biblical names. 

Emma

Residing at number 8 in 1994, Emma has dropped to number 53 on the list of popular girls names in 2017, however it is loved or liked by 49% of survey respondents.

The name Emma is of German origin meaning "universal" and, according to Nameberry.com, "has been the most popular name in the United States for four years in a row, claiming the crown again for 2017." 

Samuel

In 1994, Samuel made it into the top 10 most popular boys names. Despite falling to number 24 in 2017, the name is loved or liked by 49% of survey respondents.

Much like Daniel, Samuel is a biblical name of Hebrew origin. The name that has been a popular "Old Testament classic", meaning "told by God", and is typically shortened to Sam. 

Luke

Back in 1994, the name Luke charted at number 8 in the list of popular boys names. Although it's dropped to 59 in 2017, 47% of survey respondents loved or liked the name. 

Luke is of Greek origin meaning "man from Lucania" or "light giving". Following the '90s biblical name trend, Luke was known as the author of the Acts of the Apostles and of the third Gospel in the New Testament.

Hannah

In 1994 Hannah climbed to number 5 in the list of popular girls names.  Now the name sits at number 57 but is loved or liked by 45% of survey respondents.

The name Hannah is of Hebrew origin meaning "grace". Hannah is regarded as one of the nation's top biblcal names for girls, as the biblical mother of Samuel.

 

What's your favourite baby name from the 90s? Let us know by tweeting @GurgleUK or post a comment on our Facebook Page.

 

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