From pot plants taking over millennial homes to featuring on desks in classrooms, it seems everyone’s obsessed with #plantlife; including new parents, who are increasingly using botanical-themed names for their children.
And no, we’re not just talking about Gwyneth and Apple.
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The report predicts, for example, that Jasmine, Olive, Ivy and Willow are set to surge in popularity in the next year.
Once the preserve (pun intended) of celebrities, it seems more parents are willing to go out on a limb (ahem) to make not only their homes, but also their families, ‘green’.
“Of the top five girls’ names that most significantly increased in popularity in the 2010s, three had a botanical theme,” Ashley Fell, Social Researcher at McCrindle, told Mamamia.
“In contrast, no top 100 boys’ names have botanic influences.”
Fell explained the reasoning behind the findings.
“The parents of our emerging generation today, our Generation Alphas – the label given to the generation under 10 – are ‘the Millennials’ or the Gen Y’s (those aged between 25 and 39).
“The Millennials are a generation that have been impacted by social change and activism, with many giving consideration to the environment in their purchases, to even being inspired by botanic themes when naming their children.”
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But Fell explained that the names, although somewhat whimsical, are still carefully chosen.
“Another trend that coincides with the botanical theme is for parents to choose names for their daughters that are softer-sounding. Softer-sounding names for girls and firmer-sounding names for boys is an ongoing trend in Australian baby names.
“Not only do the girls’ names have more syllabus on average, but they also are more likely or start and end with vowels (Willow, Ivy, Lily, Poppy, Daisy, Rose, Jasmine and Olive all end with a vowel sound).”
Fell also explained that this generation of new parents feel empowered to choose non-traditional names, in a way that celebrities, such as the ones we list below, have always felt.