For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting a lot of people around the world in many ways. And now, a recent study found that the current health crisis has already been influencing parents in giving names to their babies amid the lockdown.
In a new research conducted by ChannelMum.com, it was found that almost half or 43 percent of parents believe the COVID-19 crisis will alter the way UK babies are named and seven percent of mothers-to-be have already changed a name choice due to the pandemic.
“Popular monikers being ditched include Corah, Corina and Rona, as families believe they sound too close to ‘Corona’. Three in five parents polled believe similar ‘Corona’ names will fall out of fashion this year due to the disease,” it was disclosed.
“Names close to ‘virus’–including Viola and Violet–are off the name lists of a third of parents, while names linked to lockdown, such as Lockie or Lochlan are also likely to slide down the baby name charts,” it added.
On the other hand, baby names suggesting hope, bravery, security, and happiness are now being chosen by parents.
“Seven in ten have listed hopeful ‘virtue’ names, with Faith, Hope, Charity, Patience and Constance predicted to come back into fashion. Over half (54 percent) would consider a Rainbow name after the kids’ art trend. Popular picks include Iris, meaning Rainbow in Greek, alongside Indigo and Blue. But Violet is out because of its closeness to ‘virus’,” the research noted.
“Our poll of 1,300 parents found also found hero names to be popular to honour our key workers. Top choices are the gender-neutral Hero, Avery and Bravery, plus Maverick for boys, with three in ten backing a rise in popularity. Happy names are also popular with a third of new parents, in a bid to beat lockdown gloom and celebrate new life. The most selected names include Bliss, Joy, Blythe and Felicity for girls, alongside Pax and Sol for boys,” it further revealed.
Explaining the results of the study, ChannelMum.com baby name expert SJ Strum stated, “Baby names reflect changing times and never more so than when the world is facing a catastrophe. The current crisis means parents are understandably stressed and anxious, so are using new-born’s names to celebrate new life and joy. Positive names are a wonderful way to keep focusing on the future and means that the child knows their name has real meaning.”
The “Lockdown Names Up in Popularity” includes:
Wix or Wicks
Blythe (means carefree)
Felicity (means happiness at home)
Solomon or Sol (means peaceful)
Pax (means peace)
The Names Falling In Popularity
Cora or Corah