The baby names tipped to be popular in 2021… and it looks like new parents are a bunch of telly addicts

WE are set for a baby boom this year after numerous lockdowns in 2020 and the top predictions for baby names in 2021 have been released. 

As many people have been staying at home bingeing the latest TV boxset, it comes as no surprise that shows like Normal People, Sex Education and The Crown will be a big influence. 

Many people were hooked by BBC’s Normal People, and the nation is expected to see the names of Connell and Marianne – the two lead characters – booming in popularity. 

The name Connell peaked in popularity in the 1950s, but is expected to make a comeback this year, according to a list by British name label manufacturer My Nametags.

For girls, Maeve, who is the fearless lead in Netflix’s Sex Education, is set to be big. 

This is followed by Anya, after actress Anya Taylor-Joy who played the lead in the recent Jane Austen’s Emma adaptation and who played Elizabeth Harmon in The Queen’s Gambit. 

Diana also features in the top-five girls' names, after the late Princess of Wales whose story was depicted in Netflix’s The Crown, played by actress Emma Corrin.

Jodie, named after Liverpool-born actress Jodie Comer, best known for her role as Villanelle in the TV triumph Killing Eve, also is set to be big.

But the top prediction for girls is the name Billie, after the five-time Grammy award-winning singer Billie Eilish. 

Billie was announced as the latest singer to lend their voice to a James Bond theme tune, and her title track, No Time to Die, gained Billie her first UK number-one single.


  1. Billie – Five-time Grammy award-winning artist, Billie Eilish
  2. Maeve – Lead character in the Netflix original series, Sex Education
  3. Anya – Star of Emma and The Queen’s Gambit
  4. Diana – The late Princess of Wales and a main character in series four of the Netflix hit, The Crown
  5. Jodie – Lead actor in TV smash-hit, Killing Eve

For boys, Tom and Marcus are set to be popular after lockdown heroes charity fundraiser, Captain Sir Tom Moore, and Manchester United striker turned Government lobbyist, Marcus Rashford MBE.

Marcus Rashford successfully lobbied a Government U-turn on its position over free school meals during the holidays throughout the pandemic, capturing the hearts of the nation. 

Meanwhile, Captain Tom raised more than £32 million for the NHS by completing 100 laps of his garden to celebrate his 100th birthday and has already had a noticeable impact on parents’ choice of baby name. 


  1. Connell – Lead character in the BBC smash-hit, Normal People
  2. Tom – Trailblazing charity fundraiser, Captain Sir Tom Moore
  3. Marcus – Premier League footballer turned Government lobbyist, Marcus Rashford MBE
  4. Lewis – World record-breaking Formula 1 driver 
  5. David – The nation’s favourite broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough

The name Tom shot up the ranks to appear just outside the top 100 in 2020, according to BabyCentre data.

Lewis also makes the list of boys’ names after the Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton, who has become the joint-record holder for seven World Drivers' Championship titles, tied with Michael Schumacher, and has recently been knighted by the Queen to become a Sir.

Also popular for boys is set to be David, after the nation's hero, Sir David Attenborough, who joined Instagram for the first time last year. 

Meanwhile, we shared the most popular baby names worldwide revealed – and Olivia and Oliver don’t get a look in.

And these are the top nine most-hated baby names chosen by grandparents, including Aurora & Charlotte.

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