What’s in a name? New parents prefer to keep it in the family

Parents can agonise for weeks about choosing the perfect name for their child. However, unlike many celebrity parents, we’ve found that most prefer to take inspiration from the names of grandparents and other family members.

We asked over 900 parents how they chose their children’s names; over a quarter (27%) said they named their child after a family member, in contrast to just 6% of parents who opted for a made up name. This may go some way to explain why names like Jack and Sophie continue to be amongst the most popular year after year.

And it seems that most parents questioned were uninspired by the cult of celebrity, with only 4% saying they named their child after a celebrity or famous sporting figure. A fifth of parents (20%) used baby books and a further 4% followed in the Beckham’s footsteps to name their child after a city.

More unusual decisions included naming a child after a music track, taking the name of a famous painter of cats, and for a pair of teachers - avoiding the name of any child they had taught in the past!

My wife and I debated for ages before settling on Gabriel for our baby boy. No family links or famous namesakes, we wanted a traditional and memorable name and it was simply the first one that both of us liked!

We work with thousands of parents and their children each year and whilst traditional names are still firm favourites, we have definitely seen a shift towards more unusual names in recent years as well; so who knows, perhaps we’ll see a Prime Minister Cruz or Queen Sparrow one day!

Here’s a few of those unusual names celebrities have given their children:
• American actress Natalie Portman recently named her new son Aleph after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet
• Kate Hudson announced the arrival of Bingham Hawn Bellamy on July 9
• Pop star Pink has opted to name her daughter Willow Sage
• Singer Mariah Carey recently revealed the names of her new born twins as Monroe and Morocco
• Gwen Stefani’s children are Kingston and Zuma
• Nicole Ritchie’s two are called Sparrow James Midnight and Harlow Winter Kate
• The best of British, Jamie Oliver and wife Jules, have stayed with nature for their four children, Daisy Boo, Poppy Honey, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Buddy Bear.
• Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin chose Apple for their eldest child

How did you pick your children’s names? We’d love to hear from you either here on the blog, on Facebook or via Twitter (@CCVouchers)