From the Mouseketeers lineup to the mega stars of Glee, pop culture has driven the popularity of baby names for decades. What's different for 2015, however, is that the names from the latest books, TV shows and movies are more classic and less "trendy."
The Irish baby name trend that has reigned supreme for so many years will lose ground to these gorgeous Scottish names. For boys, keep an eye out for Duncan, Finlay and Lachlan, and for girls, watch for Fiona, Isla and Lara.
Long-A names (like Ava and Aiden) have long ruled the charts for boys and girls, but the trend is making way for a new vowel. The long O sound will feature in some of the hottest up-and-comers, including Harlow and Margot for girls and Leo and Omar for boys.
We're not talking about unisex names here. We're referring to the trend among new parents to give boy names to girls and vice versa. While the coolness factor is high, the confusion element will be even higher as girls are given names like Campbell, James, Maxwell and Ryan. Boys, meanwhile, will reclaim names that once belonged to them but have been used more often for girls. Ashley, Kim, Morgan and Taylor are prime examples.
While one segment of the population opts for something unique and different, another will aim for a baby name that leaves nothing to the imagination. No gender-swap names like the above, no gender-neutral names like Cameron or Jordan. Nope. These parents will give decidedly male names to their sons (think Michael, Frederick and John) and truly female names to their daughters (Genevieve, Mary and Susan).
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