These are the top water-inspired baby names for summer 2017

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Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

If you’re joining the likes of Beyoncé and Amal Clooney and expecting your own bundle of joy this summer, you’re probably scouring the internet for some baby name inspiration. It’s possible you’re considering one of the most popular names of this year so far, or you’re completely smitten with one of these monikers that are most likely to make people smile.

But if you’re looking something that’s more on trend, you may want to take a look at these water-inspired names. Research from Emma’s Diary shows that 42% of parents are nature themed names for their little ones this summer, taking inspiration from water, flowers and gems when it comes to girls names, and the sun and the natural world for little boys.

The most popular little girls names are Lily, Daisy and Rose, with 20% of parents opting for the more unusual Oceana, Coral and Sky. Boys are following the theme, with 22% of parents naming their sons River, Fisher and Kai – which is Hawaiian for ‘sea’.

Here are the top summer baby names for boys and girls…

Top summer baby names for girls

  1. Lily
  2. Daisy
  3. Rose
  4. Summer
  5. Jasmine
  6. Sky
  7. Ruby
  8. Coral
  9. Dahlia
  10. Oceana

Top summer baby names for boys

  1. Leo
  2. Dylan
  3. River
  4. Kai
  5. Eden
  6. Sunny
  7. Beckett
  8. Nikko
  9. Theros
  10. Fisher

The inclusion of seasonal names such as Theros (a Greek name meaning ‘summer’) and Nikko (the Japanese meaning for light or sun) also shows that people are opting to put a gorgeous twist on more traditional names.

Faye Mingo, Marketing Director at Emma’s Diary said: ‘It is really interesting to see a pattern emerging this season for water themed baby names on both sides for boys and girls.

‘Likewise, there is a real feeling of ‘summer sun’ coming through with our choice of names too.’

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