Royal Wedding May Spur New Baby Name Trend

baby names, baby naming, royal baby namesAs William and Kate prepare for their highly anticipated royal wedding day, are their names getting ready to jump to the top of the list of trendy baby names? Lesley Bolton, author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, thinks so. She predicts that tomorrow’s big event will spur a trend in royally inspired baby names.

“With the royal wedding taking center stage, we’re going to see a big boost this year in more formal, classic names, and of course those with a royal history,” Bolton says. “While there will certainly be an uptick in Williams and Catherines, we’ll also see a rise in names such as Liam, Wilhelm, Katarina, and Caitlyn, all variants of the couple’s names. Along the periphery, we’ll find names such as Charles, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexander, Edward, and Caroline.”

Why do names in pop culture rise to the top of baby name lists? If we do see an uptick in royal names, it doesn’t necessarily mean parents are naming their children after Prince William or Kate Middleton. It’s more about the fact that these names are given greater presence, hitting the radars of larger numbers of expecting parents, says Bolton.

“Like any other trend, it takes a little while for a name to be considered overused and thus old-hat,” Bolton explains. “It starts out being used by the trendsetters, then works its way down to the everyman (where it gains the most ground), and then finds itself in the back of the closet, likely to be pulled out and worn fresh in another eighty or so years.”

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    On April 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Oh this is too funny! Kathryn is a family name (my middle name, my great-grandmother’s and great-great-grandmother’s names) so – that is my 4 month old daughter’s name. Her father’s name is William and that was to be her name if she was a boy! Luckily, I did not have boy-girl twins or they would have been William and Kate! LOL!

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