THE NUMBER of babies born in the US named ‘Meghan’ surged by 49 percent this year as a result of Meghan Markle’s marriage into the Royal Family, according to parenting website BabyCentre.
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The name Louis also surged in popularity by 17 percent, following the birth of the Prince in April. The website suggests Eugenie and Jack could get a boost next year. Their predicted rise of popularity follows the October wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
The site commented: “In April Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child, Prince Louis Arthur Charles.
“Louis rose 17 percent in popularity this year.
“Shortly after the birth of Louis Prince Harry tied the knot with American actress Meghan Markle, and the name Meghan jumped 49 percent for girls.”
Meghan and Harry were married on May 19 at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
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The wedding was watched live by 29 million people in the US, a higher figure than tuned in for the nuptials of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011.
BabyCentre predicts the British Royals will continue having a significant impact on baby names next year.
It stated: “Meghan Markle has announced her pregnancy, due next year.
“We predict her baby name choice will influence parents around the globe.
“In October Princess Eugenie married her longtime sweetheart, Jack Brooksbank.
“We wouldn’t be surprised if Eugenie and Jack also climb the baby name popularity lists.”
As well as Royals, BabyCentre lists general celebrities and trainer brands as inspiration for American baby names.
They note that both Chrissy and John increased in popularity, by 27 percent and 9 percent respectively, after Chrissy Teigen and John Legend had their second child.
Going forward they suggest the engagements of Justin Bieber to Hailey Baldwin and Chance the Rapper to Kirsten Corly could have an impact.
Using an American term for trainers the site says: “Sneakerheads, people who love and collect the shoes as a hobby, will tell you that sport shoes offer a trove of baby-name ideas.
“Indeed Van (as in Vans) and both Chuck and Taylor (other names for Converse trainers) are trending in 2018 for boys”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK