When it comes to the difficult choice of deciding on a moniker for your little one, it seems the baby name trends of 2021 are set to have an element of magic to them, at least according to US baby name website, Nameberry.

The website has predicted the names of superheroes (and super-antiheroes), along with names that carry power, in the hope of protecting our children in these challenging times, are going to rocket up the popular baby name lists.

According to Nameberry writer Sophie Kihm, baby names for 2021 will counter the hardships we’re currently facing.

“This year, we want baby names with charm and armor, those that activate our imaginations and transport us from our dark reality. Anything that remotely reminds us of coronavirus is out — probably for good,” she writes.

Magical names

Think superhero names, mythological references, and titles that invoke power and strength.
  • Adonis
  • Aurora
  • Blaze
  • Captain
  • Cyrus
  • Delilah
  • Evander
  • Guinevere
  • Harley
  • Iron
  • Jupiter
  • Kali
  • Katana
  • Kismet
  • Legend
  • Loki
  • Luna
  • Marvel
  • Messiah
  • Noble
  • Nova
  • Odin
  • Onyx
  • Ophelia
  • Oz
  • Pandora
  • Persphone
  • Phoenix
  • Power
  • Sage
  • Savita
  • Shuri
  • Solstice
  • Thor
  • Titan
  • Valkyrie
  • Venus
  • Wolf
  • Xavier
  • Zatara
  • Zuri

In 2021, many new parents will go for a magical name that transports us from our ‘dark reality’.

According to Nameberry there are some other baby name trends to look out for this year as well. From names inspired by nature to direction names and ones containing ‘ever’ and ending in ‘ari’. And finally, bird names, yep that’s right, birds.

Cottagecore names

Cottagecore is all about the outdoors and imagining what life would be like if you lived in a idyllic cottage in the countryside. Think greenery, flowers, nature, and woodland animals – basically the complete opposite of being cooped up in an apartment during lockdown which has been the reality for so many over the past year.

  • Ambrose
  • Bear
  • Clover
  • Faye
  • Flora
  • Jack
  • Jane
  • Jasper
  • Maisie
  • Matilda
  • Nellie
  • Opal
  • River
  • Rowan
  • Silas
  • Theodore
  • Wilder

Direction and Ever names

Who knew that when Kim Kardashian named her daughter, North West seven years ago that we’d eventually all jump on board with direction-inspired names?

“North, Westley, Easton, Southern— why choose one direction when you can have them all?” writes Nameberry’s Sophie Kihm.

“In 2021, Ever-names are going to be, well, everywhere. Everly and co. will continue to dominate for girls, while Ever itself will replace Everett as the coolest choice for boys.”

  • Easton
  • Ever
  • Everard
  • Everest
  • Everett
  • Everlee
  • Everleigh
  • Everley
  • Everlyn
  • Evers
  • Everson
  • Everton
  • North

Would you go for a superhero inspired name during these challenging times?

Names ending in -ari

Get set for a rise in gender-neutral names ending in that same -ari sound.

  • Akari
  • Amari
  • Azari
  • Camari
  • Emari
  • Imari
  • Jahari
  • Kamari
  • Khari
  • Kiari
  • Sakari
  • Zamari

Bird names

In 2020, a flock of celebrity babies with bird-related middle names arrived. These included, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom’s daughter, Daisy Dove, the daughter of Vampire Diaries star Matthew Davis called, Ripley Nightingale and actress Milla Jovovich welcomed her baby girl, Osian Lark.

  • Birdie
  • Dove
  • Falcon
  • Hawk
  • Lark
  • Nightingal
  • Peregrine
  • Phoenix
  • Rob
  • Sparrow
  • Swan
  • Wren