Dedicated to Little Love Bug, born Aug 2020
Ok! So you have found out you are going to be a parent but are struggling to choose that perfect baby name. Well, first of all, let me just say congratulations! You are on the ride of your life. If you are looking for any tips, try here. Now, I know for some, choosing that correct baby name is so easy but, if you are anything like me, you will be scouring the internet for the top baby names in the universe. There are just too many to choose from therefore, I thought I might help you out. Here you will find my preferred, top selection of best baby names of 2021.
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What’s in a Name?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
Choosing a baby’s name might be one of the hardest and most thought out processes you will undertake as a parent. I know for me it was so difficult. You want the correct name and one that suits them, after all, what’s in a name? Remember this is their name for life. Well unless you name them after a piece of fruit and they later apply to change it themselves. Each to their own!
Obviously I use my son’s nicknames in my blog, I mean, he really wasn’t christened Tink. On that note he is the only one that is actually christened out of the two of them. We never got around to Pup, but then again, in hindsight, the church would probably burn down the second he sets foot inside. He’s the spawn of Satan, at least he acts like it. 😂😈
All joking aside, when we chose Tink we thought we were prepared, we bought a book and everything. (Amazon Affiliate link below) We had a list of 5 top names however, once he was born he did not suit a single one. One thing we did know for certain was that his middle name would be James. This is totally sad I know, but I wanted a first name that would ring well with James. One that could be shortened, kind of like how Andrew James could become AJ. At the time I had CJ in my head. WTF was I thinking, honestly. Thank god we didn’t call him that.
In the UK you get 3 weeks to register a birth. With Tink we were well into the 3rd week before we had even picked his name. For just over 2 week’s he was known as Baby then, one evening we were sitting on the sofa, looking at him and it just clicked. My husband turned to me and said, “What about Tink?” It was perfect and suited him to a tee. We really did cut it close though. Would we make that same mistake again?
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Thankfully not!!! In fact, fate stepped in. Kind of! I was lying in the hospital bed after having been induced, bearing in mind that Pup had not been born yet, when it hit us. I don’t think we were even having a serious conversation about baby names. Hell, I think we were watching The Good Dinosaur. My husband, once again, turns to me and says, “What about Pup?” It felt right. Sometimes you just know. We held off till he was born but the second I looked at him I knew that this was his name. It was spontaneous, just like him.
So, on that note, here is my list of top favourite baby boy names for 2021 and no, none of my ridiculous first choice names made the list.
One Mum’s Best Baby Names of 2021 – Boys!
Meaning: A biblical name meaning “rest” or “peace”
Meaning: Derived from the Belgic term, “guild-helm”, meaning “harnessed with a gilded helmet”
Other Information: Short name of William
Meaning: Biblical name meaning “supplanter” i.e. to wrongly take the place of another
Other Information: Derives from the same source as the name James
Variations: Jakob, Jakub
Meaning: “God is gracious”
Other Information: Originally a nickname for John
Meaning: “The Yew Tree” or “Youth”
Variations: Welsh spelling Owain, pronounced Oh-ween
Meaning: “Free man,” essentially Charlie means freedom
Variation: Charly, Charli
Meaning: “Divine gift” or “Gift from God”
Other Information: Shortened for of Theodore and Theodorus
Meaning: “Archer” or “Truly bold”
Other Information: Comes from the German name Archibald or the English name Archer
Meaning: “Ruler of the home”
Other Information: In French it’s spelt Henri and in German, Henrik
Meaning: Biblical name meaning “who is like God”
Other Information: St Michael defeated Satan and was the patron saint of soldiers
Other Information: Comes from the same source as Jacob hence they both have the same meaning
Meaning: Biblical name meaning “his name is God”
Variations: Samual, Sameul
Meaning: Biblical name meaning “God will increase”
Variations: Joesph, Joeseph
Meaning: Unknown – Roman family name
And… Here come the girls…
One Mum’s Best Baby Names of 2021 – Girls!
Meaning: “Olive Tree”
Other Information: Comes from the word Olivam
Meaning: To “strive” or to “work”
Variation: Amelie (French)
Meaning: In Latin, avis means “bird”
Variation: Eve, meaning to breathe
Meaning: Scandinavian spelling of Maria, meaning “bitter”
Meaning: Short for Helen, meaning “torch” or “light”
Meaning: Comes from the flower of the same name, Lily, typically meaning “pure”.
Meaning: “Rye”, “Clearing” or “Meadow”
Variations: Rilee, Rileigh
Meaning: “Torch”, “Light” or “Moon”
Variations: Chloea, Chloee, Chloey
Variations: Zoe, Zoie
Meaning: Unisex name but with quite a masculine meaning: “son of Adam”
Variations: Addisson, Addeson, Addyson, Adison, Adisson, Adysin
Variations: Luci, Lucie
Meaning: “Thanks” or “Effortless beauty”
Meaning: “Ruler of elves”, quite supernatural in essence
Meaning: “Melody” or “Song”
My Top Picks
There are so many popular names out there to choose from. This is just a small selection of my best baby names of 2021 but, I hope it gave you some ideas. It also gives you a little bit of an insight into the types of names that seem to be topping the baby name charts. For little girls, names ending in “a” seem to be the preferred go to. With boys there are quite a few biblical names still making the headlines. My top favourites include Aubrey, Archie, Charlie, Grace and Riley. Let me know what your favourites are in the comments below. 😀