According to British parenting website, Babycentre, while new mothers are still looking to the past for baby names, but have traded the 1890s for the 1990s. That means kindergarten teachers need to get ready for a wave of names inspired by Friends, N’Sync, and the supermodels who walked the runways in the ‘90s.
Babycentre claims that names like Courtney and Jennifer may be on the rise, perhaps due to Friends-fueled nostalgia, since Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston starred in ‘90s sitcom. Boys aren’t immune to Friends nostalgia either, and while the world isn’t quite ready for a new crop of baby Chandlers, Ross is on the list as is Bradley (don’t forget that Brad Pitt appeared on Friends, too, when he was dating Jennifer Aniston).
As Babycentre explains: “While these names may sound over-familiar and even old-fashioned to us 80s and 90s kids, they’ll be a breath of fresh air among all the Ivy’s and Noah’s at nursery and playgroup.”
The list includes other names inspired by ‘90s celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Natalie Portman, Heather Graham, and Helen Hunt (or even Helen Slater). Other options from the era that brought us Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys include Amber, Danielle, Stephanie, and Bethany.
For the boys, Babycentre predicts that in addition to Bradley, Ryan is making a comeback, and we’re guessing it’s due to Ryan Phillippe, who was the Ryan Gosling of the ‘90s. Also on the list Nicholas (we’re blaming Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Nick Lachey for that) as well as Danny, Nathan, Connor, Peter, and Scott all in the top ten.
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While 90s baby names might be trending, there is nothing wrong with sticking to some of the Southern classics, vintage gems, and favorite double names and simply re-watching some of our favorite movies from the ‘90s. Now who is up for a Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and While You Were Sleeping marathon?