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TV-Inspired Baby Name Predictions for 2020 


Choosing a baby name can be a super fun activity, but also a super hard one. 

You may choose the perfect name, then at the last minute change your mind as you hear one that beats it. Or you may lose your nerve when baby Cersei, looks more like baby Sansa. 

The stats show that as a nation, we tend to favour more traditional names. Royal names inspire many and have remained popular throughout history. On the flip side, finding an original name that feels more modern is certainly getting harder – and often leaves us hunting for slightly unusual alternatives to the norm. Abcde, anyone?  

With Oliver and Charlotte taking out the number one spots for boys and girls names for the last three years, we ask whether they will be dethroned in 2020? 

We took a look at some recent popular TV-series to guess some of the names that we might see moving up the baby name ranks in 2020. 

The Bachelor 2019


We did a sneaky poll on Instagram to see what shows you have been watching, and you said that you watched The Bachelor more than any other show! So will we be seeing some Bachelor themed baby names appearing later this year? (Soz, this one skews female!)


The bubbly chemical-engineer took out the last rose, and we wonder – will she see a rise in the official name charts for 2019? Chelsea (with its traditional spelling) has been present on the charts for a few years. 


The rumour mill has been on overdrive regarding Abbie’s on-screen relationship with Matt. But is it all a load of waffle? Let’s see how popular she is in the name game!


Helena, Helena, Helena. We liked you a lot. But, will you influence the baby name charts? Not making an appearance on the top 100 last year; will she ever see more than third place in 2019?

Stranger Things 



Good girl, gone bad – Nancy is a central character in the popular TV-series. In 2019 we still see a focus on traditional names like Olivia, Grace, Ava and Chloe. Will Nancy be a favourite in 2020? 


The delightful comedian of the group. Dustin’s pals Lucas and Max already feature in top 100 lists in both New South Wales and Victoria. But will we see a few Dustin’s making an appearance in 2020?

The Handmaid’s Tale 



Leading the dystopian revolt is handmaid June, who will almost certainly have a few namesakes in 2020. June historically is a popular name but dropped out of the top 1000 in the last 20 years. Names based on months were once common (January, April, May) and have been steadily increasing in popularity over the last decade. 


While we love to hate Mr Waterford’s wife, her name has a particular charm. Will Serena make a play for one of the top names in 2020? We have to say it does have a certain ring to it, meaning calm, peaceful and tranquil, it would be an attractive choice for any bub. 

Peaky Blinders



Familial bonds run deep for Ada who is sister to Tommy Shelby. Ada becomes a focal character in the 1920s drama. Yet surprisingly, Ada isn’t in the top 100 baby names in any Australian state. Will we see the rise of Ada, a rival to Ava perhaps? 


The fearless protagonist and a popular name for hundreds of years. The name Thomas has been in the top 10 for the last 5 years. Will Thomas move up and give Oliver a run for the top spot in 2020? 


Perhaps a little character, but nonetheless an important one. Isaiah or Isiah is a popular name of Hebrew origins. Appearing just once in the top 100 in 2017, will it pop up more frequently in 2020? 


No matter what you choose and how you pick it, babies have a way of growing into their names. We wish you luck in your name hunt! 

If you’re curious to see where your choices sit on the charts –  find the full list for the top 100 baby names in NSW for 2019 here and for VIC here

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