Netflix's Top Boy is inspiring a new wave of baby names - would you name your 'likkle' one Sully or Shelly?

The names of both main and recurring characters have surged in popularity - is your favourite on the list?

Top Boy Season 3. (L to R) Saffron Hocking as Lauryn, Jasmine Jobson as Jaq in Top Boy Season 3. Cr. Ana Blumenkron/Netflix © 2022.
(Image credit: Netflix)

Netflix drama Top Boy is back for a third season and it looks like 'to watch' lists isn't the only thing the show is being added to - its characters are popping up on birth certificates too.

Over the last year, the names of both main and recurring characters, including Sully, Rafe, Shelley and Lauryn, have surged in popularity - so much so that it's not just unique baby names, Disney baby names or Bridgerton baby names that are making the rounds.

Data from Google Trends along with statistics from Baby Name UK has enabled Parent Studio, a leading supplier of baby products, to delve deeper into this trend and it looks like fans are being influenced by their favourite characters.

A spokesperson for Parent Studio explained, "Top Boy depicts characters that are both relatable and compelling, often with unique and memorable names. Viewers typically become attached to both these characters and their names, leading them to consider them when naming their own children. 

“Programmes like Top Boy - and pop culture in general - reliably reflect societal values and trends, tackling contemporary issues and resonating with the current generation. Expecting parents are often drawn to this, adding meaning to names. Top Boy offers a diverse range of names hailing from a variety of cultural backgrounds. This encourages parents to explore names outside of their usual cultural boundaries.”

Boys

  • Sully - the name of English origin means 'to stain' and has surged in popularity over the last year, rising by 470 places. It now ranks 1078 out of 4789 recorded names (77%). 
  • Rafe - of English Origin, means "Wise wolf", or “God has healed” and the name Rafe has increased in popularity over the last year, rising by 56 places. It now ranks 213 out of 4789 recorded names (96%). 
  • Kit - this name of Greek origin is a nickname for Chris, Chirst-bearer, has increased in popularity over the last year, rising by 34 places. It now ranks 161 out of 4789 recorded names (97%).
  • Idris (a derivitie of 'Dris' - is an Arabic name which is also the name of a prophet. Idris has increased in popularity over the last year, rising by 3 places. It now ranks 171 out of 4789 recorded names (96%).
  • Jason - of Greek origin, meaning "healer", Jason has increased in popularity over the last year, rising by 3 places. It now ranks 210 out of 4789 recorded names (96%).

Girls

  • Shelly (a form of Shelley) - This English origin name means "a meadow on a hilltop" and it has risen by 859 places in the last year, ranking 4634 out of 5581 recorded female names (17%).
  • Lauryn - a name of German origin and meaning "wealthy", Lauryn has risen by 856 places in the last year, ranking 4635 out of 5581 recorded female names (98%)
  • Jacqueline - a girls name of French origin meaning "supplanter". Jacqueline has risen by 47 places in the last year, ranking 81 out of 5581 recorded female names (98%).
  • Gemma (a female form of Gem) - This Latin name means "jewel" and has risen by 338 places in the last year, ranking 1962 out of 5581 recorded female names (65%).
  • Rebecca - This name of Hebrew origin means 'captivating, knotted cord' and has risen by 3 places in the last year, ranking 233 out of 5581 recorded female names (96%).

Top Boy Seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix now.

For more baby name inspiration there's Twin names: 500 of the best baby name ideas for twin boys and twin girls, our top favourite Royal baby names and pretty flower names 2023.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.