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From Bridgerton to basketball: These are the biggest baby name trends of 2024 so far

By Gabrielle Oehlmann|

The most popular baby names seem to change as quickly as the tides.

Big world events, popular culture and celebrity often play a major role in influencing the names parents choose to give their newborns.?

After studying the top baby names of the year so far, BabyCenter, which has access to constant up-to-date baby name data, found five trends that are influencing baby names in 2024.

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BabyCenter has studied the most popular baby names at the moment and found five notable trends. (Getty)

From the Fantasy realm?

There's been no shortage of fantasy entertainment recently, with the release of Dune: Part Two and the TV adaptation of Percy Jackson, and it seems to be providing plenty of inspiration for new parents.

BabyCenter observed Zendaya's character in the two-part fantasy epic Dune, Chani, has become a popular name choice for parents this year, with the name Chani rising "more than 3,300 spots" in BabyCenter's baby name ranking.

Meanwhile Chani's secret name in the series, Sihaya, also appears to be popular, with it appearing on the ranking for the first time in 12 years.

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New parents appear to be drawing inspiration from the fantasy realm; Zendaya's Dune character, Chani, has risen in popularity. (Getty Images for Warner Bros. Pi)

After the popular Percy Jackson series received a TV adaptation last December, the name of the series' titular character, Percy, has become popular among new parents, BabyCenter reveals.

Meanwhile, his full name Perseus has also risen in popularity this year. Names including Ares and Hermes, based off the Greek gods who appear in Percy's world, are also gaining popularity.

It's not just movies and TV shows that are providing inspiration. The third book in ?Sarah J. Maas' Crescent City series, House of Flame, is also inspiring parents, with Bryce, a traditional boys' name, becoming a popular name for baby girls, inspired by the book's heroine.

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Walker Scobell, Leah Sava' Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" pose for a portrait during the 2024 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 10, 2024 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images)
BabyCenter observed that the new TV adaptation of Percy Jackson also appeared to be inspiration for baby names in 2024. (Robby Klein/Getty Images)

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Historical dramas ?

Outside of the fantasy realm, books and television still have a strong sway in the baby names of the moment.

One television show that has had a chokehold on popular culture recently is Bridgerton with the first part of its third season hitting Netflix screens last month, and the second due to drop this week.

This season's leading lady Penelope (played by Nicola Coughlan) is inspiring new parents, with the name currently sitting at No. 33 on Baby Center's top 100 baby names list.

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Charlotte, which is the name of Bridgerton's beloved but complicated Queen, is also trending as the fifth most popular girl's name at the moment.

Other names from the series, including Anthony, Eloise, Francesca and Gregory, are all rising in popularity as well.

Meanwhile, the names Bertha and Peggy have also risen significantly in popularity, with BabyCenter believing this may be inspired by the historical drama The Gilded Age.

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Names from the popular Bridgerton franchise including Penelope, Charlotte and Eloise are also increasing in popularity. (LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX)

Celestial inspiration?

Step outside of the world of film and television and there is still a whole world full of potential baby name inspiration.

Should parents be after a unique baby name,? they may simply need to look up. BabyCenter has observed that new parents have been taking inspiration from all things celestial, perhaps in the wake of the recent Solar Eclipse that threw the Northern Hemisphere into darkness in April.

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Names like Sol (the Spanish word for sun), Sunny, Stella and Aurora have all sky-rocketed in popularity. The name Eclipse is not as popular but it is on the radar of some astronomy-minded parents, appearing on BabyCenter's ranking for the first time in over 20 years.

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Some new parents are looking to the literal stars for baby name inspiration. (iStock)

Women's basketball ?stars

There is another kind of star inspiring new parents these days, and that happens to be a sporting star C more specifically, stars of the women's NCAA basketball tournament in the United States.

Kamilla Cardoso (of South Carolina) and Caitlin Clark (of Iowa State) are two stars who performed exceptionally well throughout the tournament C inspiring plenty of new sports-minded parents.

According to BabyCente,r the names Caitlin and Kamilla have both risen in the ranks of popular baby names. Clark has also risen on the popular boy names ranking.

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Some new parents are also drawing inspiration from successful Women's College Basketball players including Caitlin Clark. (NBAE via Getty Images)

The C-Suites of Silicon Valley

While some new parents looked to ?the sporting world, it appears others had their eye on the upper echelons of Silicon Valley.

BabyCenter observed the name Satya has gained popularity this year after Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella made a multi-billion dollar investment into AI technology.

Meanwhile, another tech giant, Amazon, headed by founder Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy, has had new parents steering away from the names Andy and Jeff. Perhaps in the wake of recent troubles at the company, BabyCenter has observed both names have plummeted significantly in popularity.

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