Could traditional baby names be falling out of favour?
If the top name searches on baby name website Nameberry are anything to go by, it would seem parents-to-be are looking for names much more left of centre than in previous years, with Milo and Posie topping the list rather than trad favourites Olivia and Oliver.
Nameberry has released its top 1000 most searched-for baby name lists and most in the top 6 at least (with the exception of Olivia), are quite radically different from the top baby names registered for real babies in the US.
Of the number-crunching process to come up with the lists, co-founder of Nameberry Pamela Redmond, says, "We calculate our popularity list based on which names attracted the most of the 11 million views of our name pages so far this year."
Nameberry's Top 10 most searched-for baby names
Of particular interest is the name Posie, which tops the girl list.
Back in early February 2018, speculation was rife that Kylie Jenner had chosen Posie for her daughter, who was born the same day 'momager' Kris Jenner posted this snap of the brand new Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit called Posie K.
So cute! One of my favorite @kyliecosmetics shades!! Posie K is launching as a limited edition trio set to celebrate the second anniversary! Feb 5 on KylieCosmetics.com #Repost @kyliecosmetics: "Say hello to the Posie K Anniversary Lip Trio! Featuring our award winning shade in gloss, matte and brand new velvet formula! Launching Feb 5 💕Just in time for Valentine’s Day! 💗"
As we now know, the baby's name turned out to be Stormi so perhaps parents are seeing the name Posie as being up for grabs.
Milo topped the boys list, edging out last year's winner Atticus, which dropped to third place.
And while the top 5 lists were both dominated by more unusual names, the traditional names came in swift and strong in the next ten positions. Jack, Olivia, Henry, Olivia and Charlotte all scored a top ten placing, while the next 5 placings saw Ava, Rose and Eleanor as well as Oliver and Oscar.
This might indicate people like to look up a few wildcard names such as Posie and Silas, but they are then looking up the name they'll actually put on the birth certificate.
People also might have less cause to search up a popular name, because it's in such common use, it feels like a known entity.
Either way, we don't think traditional names are going anywhere except to populate the top names lists again this year.
The name geniuses at Nameberry also extracted a number of themes that they saw emerging from the results:
Popular names most likely to keep succeeding: Olivia and Jack
Top ancient names: Aurora and Atticus
Leading imports: Maeve and Finn
Most fashionable classic names: Cora and Theodore
New Biblical favorites: Adah and Asher
Most eloquent literary names: Ophelia and Silas
To see the full report, along with more in-depth analyses of the themes listed above, pop over to Nameberry.
Also see the Top 1000 here.