The top baby names in England and Wales have been announced for 2016 – but that’s not all the ONS have revealed.


Their baby name experts have also gone ahead and predicted the names set to be BIG in 10 years time, via The Huffington Post.

So, whether you want to be ahead of the curve, want to choose something that’ll still be unique a decade away, or you just want to see if your little one’s moniker is going to surge in popularity - this list is fascinating either way.

Check out the ONS’s predictions for 2026…

2026’s top girls’ names predictions

  • Charlotte
  • Harper
  • Aria
  • Alice
  • Penelope
  • Ivy
  • Aurora
  • Luna
  • Paisley
  • Hallie
  • Margot

2026’s top boys’ names predictions

  • George
  • Arlo
  • Jaxon
  • Grayson
  • Hunter
  • Ezra
  • Albie
  • Arthur
  • Reggie
  • Louie
  • Wilf

Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be pre-teens by 2026 – but they’ll still be inspiring baby names for years to come, if this estimate is anything to go by!

It also looks like the favourite for Royal Baby no 3’s name – Alice – will make waves in the ‘20s, whether or not Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge decide to use it ?

(Gosh, it’s weird to think there’ll be another ‘20s, isn’t it?)

Interestingly, we’re seeing a turn away from the vintage baby name trend we’ve spotted recently, and a sway towards more modern names: Luna, Paisley, Hallie, Margot, Ezra, Jaxon, Hunter and Arlo, especially.

But there are a still a few old-school picks in the boys’ list – you can’t really get more classic than Arthur and Louie, can you? ?

Our MVPs of both lists: Aria and Wilf. Just lovely ?

Now, we have to say, the guy that's come up with these predictions - Nick Stripe, Head of Life Events at the ONS, hasn't shared his methodology publicly (that we can see).

But we're pretty sure he's had a good look at how particular names have moved up the charts in the last 10 years and from that has been able to make predictions for the names that will move up in the next 10 years.

And while of course it's not failsafe - it's still makes for an interesting read ?

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