Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spark baby name trend ahead of royal wedding

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  • Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle appear to have had an impact on baby name this spring as many are opting to name their little ones after the couple.

    Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May, the trend for spring baby names 2018 seems to have taken decidedly regal turn.

    Not only has Harry hit the number one spot for baby boys, Meghan has also made it into the top 20 – proving royal wedding fever is well and truly under way.

    According to leading pregnancy resource Emma’s Diary, Harry is the most popular boys name being chosen by parents this spring, with Maxwell and Kai coming in at second and third place respectively.

    Prince Harry’s brother Prince William is also influencing baby name trends this spring, as William comes in at sixth place, while other royal names Albert and George also made the top 20 list too.

    Although both Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names make an appearance on the list, their new little brother Prince Louis‘s name is yet to make the list – but no doubt it will make an appearance soon thanks to the arrival of William and Kate’s third child on April 23.

    When it comes to baby girl names, a floral trend appears to be popular for the second year running.

    Daisy comes in at number one, with Lily and Iris taking second and third place respectively.

    However, Suits actress Meghan needn’t worry as she did beat the likes of Petal, Poppy and Violet by coming in at number 15.

    ‘Once again the results from our spring poll show that for girls, the seasonal floral theme is still popular with parents with a scattering of royal favoured names too,’ said marketing director Faye Mingo.

    ‘Harry remains ever-popular with parents too particularly in light of the upcoming royal wedding, interestingly last spring, Harry didn’t make the top 10 list, yet in January this year Harry was the number one most popular name prediction for 2018,’ she added.

    The 2018 spring baby names poll quizzed more than 1,200 parents from across the UK on their chosen baby name this season.

    Top 20 spring girl baby names for 2018

    1. Daisy
    2. Lily
    3. Iris
    4. Alice
    5. Primrose
    6. Fleur
    7. April
    8. Chloe
    9. Charlotte
    10. Bluebell
    11. Aya
    12. Coco
    13. Elizabeth
    14. May
    15. Meghan
    16. Poppy
    17. Petal
    18. Amaryllis
    19. Rosie
    20. Violet

    Top 20 spring baby boy names

    1. Harry
    2. Maxwell
    3. Kai
    4. Owen
    5. Arthur
    6. William
    7. Bud
    8. Neo
    9. Denver
    10. Albert
    11. Leif
    12. Clover
    13. Atwell
    14. Bradwell
    15. Jarek
    16. Alfie
    17. Jacob
    18. Rory
    19. George
    20. Noah

    Words by Kirsty McCormack.