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A lot of girls born this year were named Kale

Tim Nelson
December 03, 2018

There are a lot of weird baby names floating around these days. The era of elementary school classes filled with four Jameses and three Elizabeths is probably over. Instead, today’s aspiring teachers can look forward to educating a generation of children named Saffron, Kiwi, and Kale.

That’s right, folks. Babycenter’s report on the trendiest baby names of 2018 is out, and the list is looking like a dang Whole Foods. With more and more avocado-loving millennials welcoming children of their own into the world, health food names are shooting up the charts.

While none of these tasty names cracked the top ten, they’ve seen a decided surge in popularity this year. There were 35 percent more girls named Kale born this year, with Kiwi (40 percent), Maple (32 percent), Saffron (31 percent), and Rosemary (20 percent) surging as well. Most of the foodie names that’ve turned trendy apply to females, though there are 15 percent more boys named Sage.

So what’s the deal? Babycenter postulates that more and more parents are “choosing baby names that reflect their love of healthy foods,” with the trendiness of clean eating and paleo diets playing a possible role.

Babycenter SVP of Consumer Experience and Global editor in Chief Linda Murray says it’s not all that different from how names have traditionally been chosen. “Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name," Murray says. "In the past, we'd look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today's parents turn to other sources.”

Some of the other notable categories of names that saw a rise in usage this year both capture the cultural zeitgeist and speak to the ever-broadening scope of naming inspiration. Everything from Fortnite to the Kardashians to HGTV shows seem to be affecting what people decide to call their offspring.

Will this trend continue into 2019? Will we live to see the day when a child named “Avocado” is welcomed into this world? It’s hard to know for sure. But if you find yourself reaching for a baby name at sometime in the future, all you need to do for inspiration is take a look in the fridge.

 

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