The baby name trend that’s going to take over the world in 2016

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Bobby for a girl and Jess for a boy. 

There’s a brand new baby name trend that is sweeping the world. Let us introduce you to gender-neutral baby names. In 2015 there were glimpses of the fad in the celebrity world. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their daughter James while Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher named their first daughter Wyatt. 

Check out Ryan Reynolds with his little girl (ADORABLE!!!).


Ashton Kutcher told Conan O’Brien the story behind naming his daughter, “We were going to a Lakers game and I got name Tourette’s and I just started listing off anything and everything that I saw: ‘Sign, truck, wall, door'. Then I was like, ‘I’ve got a really dumb idea. What about Wyatt?' And she goes, ‘That’s it'.

It looks like these celebrities were on to something because BabyCenter’s Global Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray said, “As usual, baby names are reflecting a larger cultural shift. Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don’t want their children to feel pressure to conform to stereotypes that might be restrictive.” 

Through a study undertaken by the University of Florida it was discovered that girls with gender-neutral names were more likely to find success in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as law and medicine. 

The end of 2015 saw a trend where babies were named after Instagram filters (eg. Lux, Ludwig and Amaro) and that one was seriously weird. Now 2016 looks to be the year of gender-neutral names.  

What do you think of this trend??  

Written By Gemma Prendergast
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