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Each year, par­ents forgo tra­di­tional baby names in favour of unique ones, and ex­perts ex­pect 2019 will be no dif­fer­ent. As the end of 2018 nears, a year that saw names such as Sophia and Jack­son top­ping the list of baby monikers, Baby­cen­tre has re­leased its trend pre­dic­tions for 2019. Ac­cord­ing to the preg­nancy and par­ent­ing web­site, fash­ion, but more speci­ically, sneak­ers, will have an in­lu­ence on pop­u­lar names in the com­ing year, con­sid­er­ing the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of names such as Van, Chuck and Taylor, and Nike shoe-names Max, Cortez, Monarch, and Jor­dan. New par­ents are also ex­pected to gain in­spi­ra­tion from the royal fam­ily when it comes to baby-nam­ing, with the name Louis ris­ing 17 per cent in pop­u­lar­ity since the in­tro­duc­tion of the new­est royal baby. The Duchess of Sus­sex’s name will ap­pear a lot more fre­quently as well, af­ter Meghan saw a 49 per cent in­crease for girls, and Eu­ge­nie and Jack will also be con­tenders.

Power cou­ples in gen­eral will see their names is­sued to ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to Baby­cen­tre, which pre­dicts John and Chrissy of John Le­gend and Chrissy Teigen will con­tinue to be pop­u­lar. The ef­fect has ex­tended to the couple’s chil­dren’s names as well, with Luna see­ing a 35 per cent in­crease for girls and Miles up 13 per cent for boys.

And you can ex­pect to see the re­turn of tra­di­tion­ally fe­male names such as Lindsey, Tracy and Kelsey for male ba­bies. The inal trend pre­dic­tion will fo­cus on ge­og­ra­phy, ac­cord­ing to Baby­cen­tre, which sug­gests Amer­ica’s South­ern states will in­spire when it comes to names. As for the trendi­est baby name of all, pre­vi­ous in­sight into years of baby names found it to be Linda, af­ter the name rose from ob­scu­rity to pop­u­lar­ity in the US — and re­mained pop­u­lar for years.

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