Choosing a name for your child is obviously a major decision, as it will be a key part of their identity throughout their entire life. It can also be quite a difficult decision to make, as once you’ve decided on a name and registered it, there’s no going back!

To give you a hand, we’ve assembled this quick guide with some helpful tips and suggestions.

What are the most popular names for boys and girls in the UK?

As of 2015, these are the most popular names in the UK for girls and boys according to the Office of National Statistics:

Boys

Oliver
Jack
Harry
Jacob
Charlie
Thomas
George
Oscar
James
William
Noah
Alfie

Girls

Amelia
Olivia
Isla
Emily
Poppy
Eva
Isabella
Jessica
Lily
Sophie
Grace
Sophia

Unusual names

In the last few years, some unusual names have become more common as parents try to add an extra element of uniqueness to their child’s identity. Celebrities are often the most likely to do this, with some examples including:

  • North  – Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s daughter
  • Apple – Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter
  • Rocket Ayer – Son of Pharrell Williams and his wife
  • Fifi Trixibelle – Bob Geldof and Paula Yates’s daughter
  • Blue Ivy – Beyonce and Jay Z’s child

With quirky names becoming more common and accepted in society, it certainly opens up the possibility to experiment with some new ideas which differ from the norm. Play around with letters and words and you might suddenly find something you love!

Honouring friends or family members

A fantastic way to choose a name for your baby could involve choosing a name of a friend or family member who you really admire. This could be your father, mother or grandparent, or anyone else who has had a positive and influential impact on your life. It makes it easy to settle on a name which you have a strong affinity towards, and adds a lot of sentimental value to its meaning.

More tips to choose the perfect name for your baby:

– Use the internet and other sources to build up a short-list of names you like, and then gradually whittle them down.

– Consider what the shortened name might be. Many people prefer to shorten their name when introducing themselves, so it’s important that you like both of them. For example, a girl named Kimberley might choose to call herself Kim, or a boy named Michael may choose to call himself Mike.

– Check words and initials within the full name to ensure that they don’t spell out something bad, or something which they could be teased about in school.

– Choose a name which sounds good with your surname and flows nicely. Try saying them together out loud to see how well they fit.

– Think of how the name will sound when they’re an adult. Names which seem perfect for a baby might not work so well when they’re all grown up!

– Try a name first. You can wait up to 6 weeks before you formally register your baby’s birth, so test a name to see how well it fits. Sometimes, a name will just ‘click”, and if it doesn’t, there’s still time to change it.

– Check whether it’s easy for others to spell and pronounce. If it’s particularly difficult, then it may become an annoyance if they have to keep repeating the correct spelling or pronunciation.