Netflix-inspired baby names new parents are loving

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There's no doubt that there's been some seriously binge-worthy TV appearing on our screens over the last few years, and in particular, during COVID lockdown.

We've laughed with the Rose family from Emmy-winning comedy Schitt's Creek, swooned over Netflix's new bodice ripper Bridgerton and held on for dear life on the crazy ride that was Tiger King.

Portrait of baby girl playing tablet in white background. Photo: Getty Images.
Binge-worthy TV shows such as Bridgerton and Tiger King are inspiring today's baby names, say experts. Photo: Getty Images.

These shows and more were so impactful that, according to baby naming experts, parents-to-be are taking inspiration from their favourite fictional characters for their little bundles of joy.

Word from UK baby shop Bella Baby is that period drama Bridgerton could cause a spike in Regency-era names such as Cressida or Jeffrey among newborns.

But Bridgerton certainly isn’t the only hit show having an impact on baby names.

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Joe Exotic of Tiger King fame. Photo: Netflix.
Joe Exotic of Tiger King fame. Photo: Netflix.

The baby naming experts at online parenting resource Babycentre spotted an increase in babies called Tiger in 2020, following the popularity of Netflix’s Tiger King.

Our obsession with the brooding character Connell from Normal People also manifested in a rise in mini Connells. Interestingly, there was no increase in popularity for the name of his love interest Marianne.

Arabella, the heroine of I May Destroy You, may have inspired some parents-to-be, while there was also an increase in the number of babies with the same first name as Michaela Coel, who created, wrote, co-directed and executive produced the series.

The Rose family of Schitt's Creek. Photo: Netflix.
The Rose family of Schitt's Creek. Photo: Netflix.

The love for Emmy-board sweeping Schitt’s Creek also seemed to have influenced some mums and dads with lead characters David and Alexis both seeing rises on popular baby name lists.

Meanwhile Rose, the surname of the fictional family has maintained a steady hold in the popularity stakes.

But if Bridgerton is your main TV bag, here are Bella Baby’s picks for fans who might be expecting their own little duke or duchess:

The Duke and Duchess of Hastings of Bridgerton. Photo: Netflix.
The Duke and Duchess of Hastings of Bridgerton. Photo: Netflix.

Girl's names inspired by Bridgerton:

Bridget

Cressida

Daphne

Eloise

Francesca

Genevieve

Hyacinth

Isabel

Kitty

Marina

Penelope

Uriana

Violet

Boy's names inspired by Bridgerton:

Anthony

Jeffrey

Lord

Nigel

Oliver

Quinn

Reginald

Simon

Thompson

William

Additional reporting by Marie Claire Dorking.

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