The surprising way COVID-19 will influence baby names

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Parents everywhere put a lot of thought into what to name their baby - and it's not surprising most of today's new mums and dads do not want their precious bundle's moniker to be associate with a deadly worldwide pandemic. 

A new study has found that expecting parents are changing their planned baby names due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to research by UK site Channel Mum, 43 per cent of parents think that the COVID-19 crisis will change the way babies are named. The study also showed that already seven per cent of parents-to-be have changed their name choice as a result of the pandemic.

The study, which questioned 1300 parents, showed that almost half of expectant mothers and fathers-to-be  were thinking of changing their future baby names if they were too similar to anything related to the virus.

Three in five parents questioned believed names that sound similar to "Corona" won't be popular this year due to the virus - ruling out names such as Corah, Corina and Rona.

A third of parents are also deciding against names that sound too much like "virus", including Viola and Violet, and the same goes for names that sound like "lockdown" like Lockie or Lochlan.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has created a new trend in baby names, with parents instead looking to choose more positive names in uncertain times.

Seven in ten have listed hopeful virtue names as a possible choice, names such as Faith, Hope, Charity, Patience and Constance. Rainbow names are also looking to be popular, with 54 per cent of people in the study considering names such as Iris, meaning Rainbow in Greek, Indigo and Blue. But not all rainbow names are popular with Violet vetoed due to its similarity to "virus".

Other alternative names include "hero" names, to honour essential workers throughout the pandemic.  Hero, Avery and Bravery were popular for both sexes, plus Maverick for boys.
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There's also a new trend predicated in "secure" and "happy" names, including Haven and Harbour, Bliss, Joy, Blythe and Felicity for girl and Pax and Sol for boys.

Baby name expert SJ Strum told Channel Mum that baby names are reflective of changing times and what's happening around them.

"The current crisis means parents are understandably stressed and anxious, so are using new-born's names to celebrate new life and joy," she explained.

"Positive names are a wonderful way to keep focusing on the future and means that the child knows their name has real meaning."