Coronavirus Baby Names That Became Popular This Year
We can all agree that 2020 will go down in history as one of the most difficult and bizarre years. The pandemic became a part of our daily lives, affecting the way we interacted, what we wore and even what we named our babies.
That's right, Coronavirus baby names are a thing. Parents are turning to their "Coronial" babies to find "hope" and "joy" in the world by naming them exactly that. Or some are even giving their children Corona and Covid monikers to help ease the anxiety associated with the words.
From Lockdown to Florence, here are 20 COVID-inspired baby names that really wouldn't be as popular if it weren't for 2020.
OK, let's get the obvious one out of the way. Believe it or not, the name Corona is trending.
Meaning "crown" in Spanish, Corona was most popular between 1912 and 1929. Will the pandemic bring it back?
As if Corona wasn't obvious enough, Covid is another name that's being given to babies recently.
In fact, an Indian couple who had twins in 2020 named their baby boy Covid and their baby girl Corona.
Perhaps even more bizarre is the name Lockdown, given to another Indian child in remembrance of "all the problems we had to face during this tough time," the baby's father told reporters.
Some baby name sites reported an uptick in "virtue" names with Hope at the top.
This girl's name of English origin is elegant and pure, while also managing to be cool and trendy — and this year, you can add inspirational to that list.
Another one of the three religious virtues (along with Hope and Charity), Faith is also of English origin.
Of course, country singer Faith Hill continues to make this name popular.
The less common Charity is one that seems particularly relevant in a time of crisis.
A Latin virtue name, Patience is becoming more popular, especially with its resemblance to the name Payton.
It's one that's sure to spark some inspiration during a shelter-in-place order.
While the other virtue names tend to be better fitted for baby girls, the name True is a good fit for either gender.
It's a word name that reminds parents to focus on the simpler moments in life.
This girl's name means "steadfastness" in Latin.
A strong name throughout history, parents can also use the shorter, sweeter Connie as a nickname or on its own.
Another word name like True, we promise that the name Promise as a first name could be promising.
Bad puns aside, this name is one that is growing in popularity during these trying times.
In England, people have started using rainbows as a way to show support for National Health Service staff. As such, popular color names like Iris are making waves.
After all, the name Iris means "rainbow" in Greek, and in Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow.
Also of Greek origin, Indigo is a gender-neutral name associated with colors in rainbows.
It is a deep blue-purple color and means "Indian dye" in Greek.
"Hero" names are also making a comeback this year. One that comes to mind is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who made headlines this year for his expertise in infectious diseases.
Anthony means "priceless one" in Latin. Famous Anthonys include Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Anthony Bourdain.
Whether you want to name your child Bravery or Avery, either provide a heroic charm and both are considered unisex names.
Avery is of English origin and also has a more whimsical meaning "ruler of the elves."
Naming your baby girl Florence is a perfect nod to all the nurses and healthcare workers doing their part to keep people healthy and safe.
After all, the most famous Florence was Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Maverick is considered another heroic baby name that means "independent, nonconformist."
Tom Cruise's character in "Top Gun" represents the free-spirited nature of this name.
A little happiness can go a long way, which is why parents are turning to baby names that exude just that.
And what's happier than the name Joy?
Blythe is another name that means "happy, carefree."
Fun fact: Blythe is the middle name of actress Drew Barrymore.
Of Hebrew origin, Solomon means "peace" — and is yet another name that parents can find inspiring.
Pax is of Latin origin and means "peaceful."
Of course, it's also the name of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Vietnamese-born son.