The most popular baby names for 2019 so far

Posted on May 29th, 2019

Struggling to pick a name for your little one? Read on for inspiration. By Lisa Witepski

The most popular baby names for 2019 so far

Choosing a name for your child can be a tricky thing. After all, how many people have you met who didn’t suit their names at all? Would Abigail have been more successful if you’d called her Charlotte?

If you’re stuck in the baby name debate right now, we’re here to help. We might only be halfway through the year, but some baby names have already emerged as clear favourites.

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Here are some of the most popular baby names for 2019 so far according to


  • Isla
  • Olivia
  • Posie
  • Aurora
  • Cora
  • Ada
  • Maeve
  • Amara
  • Charlotte
  • Amelia


  • Milo
  • Jasper
  • Asher
  • Atticus
  • Silas
  • Theodore
  • Jack
  • Finn
  • Aarav
  • Felix

Popular South African baby names lists 2019’s popular Xhosa names:

  • Anathi (they are with us) – unisex
  • Akhona (a present) – unisex
  • Aphiwe (they are given) – girl
  • Balablwa (graceful) – girl
  • Bathandwa (beloved) – boy
  • Mahlubandile (the clan has increased) – boy
  • Themba (trusted) – boy
  • Uuka (ready to rise up) – boy
  • Thandiwe (beloved) – girl
  • Nomlanga (the sun) – boy

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Name of the game

According to, girls’ baby names ending in ‘a’ are very popular right now, as are names ending in ‘ley’. Predictably, parents are also taking a cue from the royals, with Meghan and Harry rising fast as top choices.

Game of Thrones may have left fans bitterly disappointed, but the characters of this popular series still serves as major inspiration. At the same time, boys’ names from the early half of the twentieth century are making a resurgence, making classrooms sound like a rollcall from the 1950s soda shop – think Hank, Ace and Sonny.

According to, other key influences include Ireland (hello, Finn), the ancients (we’re looking at you, Freya) and literature (Ophelia and Lyra are prime examples here). Oh, and the Kardashians are also making their mark. Gender neutral names and bohemian names are on the up, while names usually reserved for pastel colours and jewels (Lavender and Topaz stand out here). It also seems that parents are turning away from names with more than one or two brief syllables.

Lisa Witepski

About Lisa Witepski

In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at and, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.