In June 2019, rapper Lil Klein, who has 1.7 million followers on Instagram, became the father of Lío’s son. In the same year, 18 boys received the same name and in 2020 87 Leos were born. By comparison, in 2018, this name was given only two boys and three girls.
Perhaps the former Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered severe brain damage after a cardiac arrest in July 2017, was an inspiration to many parents. For example, Ali B named his youngest son after the former football player in 2019. 63 other children were also named after Nouri that year. In 2020, another 68 Norris were added, while in 2015 this name was given to only five children.
The name Charlotte, of course, does not guarantee that the child will become intelligent.
Gerrit Bloothoft, onomastics
Another notable rookie is Jaxx, a name that appeared just 38 times in 2015, but has gained hundreds of surnames since 2018. Other first names ending in double consonants are also becoming more popular. This applies, for example, to Riff, Lott and Foss, although these numbers are still small. Among girls, Noi and Novi are on the rise in recent years, while the popularity of the girl name Noa is slowly declining. Jayden’s popularity is declining among boys.
High learners dominate the top names
How do parents choose a name? Bloothooft distinguishes two types of parents. “There are parents who choose common names, but there are also parents who want to give their child a unique name. The latter is not easy; usually the name has already been invented by other parents.” Somewhat more educated parents of Dutch ancestry have the most influence on the top 20, according to the biologist.
In general, parents choose the names that they like in their environment. They do not want to leave their child by the first name. For example, the name often says something about social class. But there are also biases associated with names.
“Teachers, for example, can appreciate children with a decent name like Charlotte more intelligently than children called Kimberly. A child can suffer from this,” the designers believe. “As a parent, you can take this into account, although the name Charlotte does not guarantee that the child will become intelligent. Ultimately, parents especially like it if the name fits the environment in which the child is growing.”