The Sunday Times - - NEWS - REGINA TITELIUS Health Re­porter

IT seems less is more for par­ents nam­ing their bun­dles of joy in 2019.

Three-let­ter names — like Rio, Van, Kit, Lux, Jem, Ida and Rex — are ex­pected to be on-trend this year, ac­cord­ing to name­

Among those keep­ing things short and sweet is Yanchep mum of five Heather Smith. The 26-year-old and hus­band Jesse Suther­land named their daugh­ter Eva after already hav­ing Char­lotte, Carter, Har­vey and Jensen in the fam­ily.

“Eva was un­planned and de­spite us­ing con­tra­cep­tion, I still fell preg­nant. So we chose the name which means “life” be­cause de­spite the odds, she’s here. It was unique for us,” she said.

Baby pho­tog­ra­pher Carly Sin­den, who did a shoot with Eva and her mum re­cently, said she had no­ticed the love of short names since mov­ing to Perth from Eng­land a year ago.

“So far, I’ve pho­tographed baby boys called Kit, Jet and Dex, and a baby girl called Tia, so three-let­ter names def­i­nitely seem pop­u­lar here,” she said.

St John of God Health Care Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Shane Kelly said three-let­ter names were among the most com­mon names for ba­bies born in its hos­pi­tals last year, with Mia, Ava, Leo and Max pop­u­lar.

Data from St John of God Su­bi­aco Hospi­tal shows that in the late 1990s and early 2000s the most pop­u­lar three-let­ter baby names were Zoe and Amy for girls and Ben for boys.

Picture: Carly Sin­den Pho­tog­ra­phy

Love of life: Heather Smith with her baby, Eva, born on Au­gust 27 last year.

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