There’s a good chance if you take a peek inside a Prep classroom in around four years time, you’ll spy at least one Oliver. There’ll most definitely be a Charlotte and almost certainly a Jack or an Ava, and more than likely they’ll be friends with an Emily or a Noah.
All of these names made it into the top ten Australian baby names in 2013.
In years to come, just like my son, they’ll probably have to be identified by both their first and last names when addressed because there are just so damn many of them.
I fear my son will never be known as just ‘Jack’ but always, ‘Jack Morley’.
The trend of a popular name is nothing new; just the names themselves change over the generations.
When I was a kid, there were an awful lot of Matthews and Nicoles’. The Davids, Michaels and Amandas were also very common. In fact, in my workplace, we have three Mikes and just like primary school, when referring to them, we have to use their last initial, say ‘Mike L’ or ‘Mike D’, to avoid confusion.
We are unlikely to see a rise in the popularity of Michael anytime soon but these things are cyclical and although eventually, just like Rose and Harry, the names of our generation will eventually be back in vogue, for now, we can only speculate on what the next generation of parents will be calling their own children.
Pamela Satran, the woman behind the website Nameberry.com and author of several name books, believes that the world map will be a major source of inspiration for parents in the next baby-naming ‘style wave’ – with nature-inspired monikers Everest, Beach, Nile and Oceana predicted among the top choices for the future.
Already this week, the boy’s name Beach witnessed a 60 per cent spike in popularity. Nameberry pegs it as the perfect pick ‘for parents who relish sun, sand, and surf’ while ‘forest lovers can spell it Beech, like the tree.’