Inspiration for Billie Faiers: The top 20 baby names of 2014 – and what they mean

The most popular baby names of 2014 (so far!) have been revealed - do you think TOWIE's Billie Faiers will pick one of these?

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by Kayleigh Dray |
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Billie Faiers, 24, and Greg Shepherd have yet to name their baby daughter, admitting to OK! Magazine: "We just haven’t decided, it’s so difficult.

"We’ve been Googling names and looking at her saying: ‘Does she look like this?’ All the women in our family have ‘Elizabeth’ as their middle name so I think that will be hers. Greg liked the name Skyla but I was like: ‘No way!’"

Maybe she ought to take her inspiration from Nameberry's Top 20 baby names of 2014?


**]( "TOWIE's Billie Faiers has given birth")


1) Imogen

Meaning of Imogen: 'Maiden'

Nameberry says: "Imogen is as pretty and classy as it is distinctive… [the name was used by Shakespeare] for a charming and impetuous character in one of his last plays, Cymbeline."

2) Charlotte

Meaning of Charlotte: 'Free man'

Nameberry says: "Charlotte is an elegant royal name… [it] is appealing to a wide range of parents because it sounds feminine yet grownup, sophisticated yet lush."

Which of these baby names would you choose?
Which of these baby names would you choose?

3) Isla

Meaning of Isla: 'Island'

Nameberry says: "Isla is the name of a Scottish river, an island (spelled Islay)… [it] is also among the fastest rising names in the US, and has been on the Nameberry Top 1000 for girls for the past five years!"


4) Cora

Meaning of Cora: 'Maiden'

Nameberry says: "In classical mythology, Cora - or Kore - was a euphemistic name of Persephone, goddess of fertility and the underworld… a current inspiration is the appealing American-born Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey."

5) Penelope

Meaning of Penelope: 'Weaver'

Nameberry says: "Penelope is a classic name that's been leaping up the charts, thanks to the glamorous image of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and its choice by Kourtney Kardashian for her young daughter.

"[A popular nickname is] Nell or Poppy."

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6) Violet

Meaning of Violet: 'Purple'

Nameberry says: "Violet is soft and sweet but not shrinking… it is one of the Top 10 most-searched names on nameberry."


7) Amelia

Meaning of Amelia: 'Work'

Nameberry says: "Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, with a heroic connection to aviatrix Amelia Earhart, is one of the fastest-rising girls' names as an alternative to the overused Emily and Amanda, jumping 169 places in ten years."

8) Eleanor

Meaning of Eleanor: 'Bright, shining one'

Nameberry says: "Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again.

"Eleanor's straightforward feminine image combined with its royal medieval origins, is striking just the right note for parents in search of a girl's name that combines substance and style."


What would you name your little bundle of joy?

9) Harper

Meaning of Harper: 'Harp player'

Nameberry says: "Harper is a red hot name for girls, having jumped an impressive 30 places between 2011 and 2012, a prime example of the trend for using surnames-turned-boys'-names for girls.

"And since the Beckhams have chosen it for their first daughter, Harper is sure to get even hotter."

10) Claire

Meaning of Claire: "Bright, clear"

Nameberry says: "Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical depth with a modern edge."


1) Asher

Meaning of Asher: 'Fortunate, happy one'

Nameberry says: "Asher - an excellent, soft and sensitive Old Testament choice - is definitely on the rise, climbing almost one hundred places in the last five years, and a nameberry biblical favourite.

"In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel."

Some people say you can only really name a baby once you've met them for the first time


2) Declan

Meaning of Declan: 'Man of prayer'

Nameberry says: "Declan, the amiable and appealing name of an Irish saint (and the real first name of singer Elvis Costello), is very popular in the Emerald Isle and beginning its certain climb to popularity."

3) Atticus

Meaning of Atticus: 'From Attica'

Nameberry says: "Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a real winner.

"The name of an important Roman literary figure named for the Greek region around Athens, Atticus has continued to rise in the past two years--up 150 places-- and is a firm Nameberry favourite."

4) Finn

Meaning of Finn: 'White, fair'

Nameberry says: "Finn is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, Finn MacCool (aka Fionn mac Cuumhaill), an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, noted as well for his wisdom and generosity."

Celebrity baby names, such as George and North, are expected to rise in popularity too

5) Oliver

Meaning of Oliver: 'Olive tree'

Nameberry says: "Oliver is energetic, good-natured, and stylish… [it] works particularly well with single-syllable surnames, as in Oliver Stone."

6) Henry

Meaning of Henry: 'Estate ruler'

Nameberry says: "Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for thirty-five years, is now at its highest point since 1956; its stylishness has increased substantially.

"A solid name with lots of history and personality."

7) Silas

Meaning of Silas: 'Wood, forest'

Nameberry says: "Silas is based on Sylvanus, the Roman god of trees and was originally bestowed on people who lived in wooded areas or who worked with wood.

"Once a folksy-sounding, rural New Testament name associated with George Eliot's Silas Marner, is definitely beginning to be reevaluated, a la similar flavoured Caleb and Linus, and becoming a hot Nameberry fave."

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8) Jasper

Meaning of Jasper: 'Bringer of treasure'

Nameberry says: "Jasper [is] considered a hip and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents a variety of quartz - one of the few gem names for boys - and … will also be picked up through its strong appearance in the Twilight books and movies."

9) Milo

Meaning of Milo: 'Soldier or merciful'

Nameberry says: "Milo combines the strength of the ancient Greek Olympic wrestler of that name - a six time winner of the Olympic games - with the debonair charm of a WWII RAF pilot.

"A well-used name in medieval Europe, it predates brother-name Miles, a variation that evolved when the name emigrated to the British Isles."

10) Jude

Meaning of Jude: 'Praised'

Nameberry says: "Saint Jude was the apostle who interceded for people with problems and became the patron saint of lost causes."

Other new entries to the Top 100 include Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, at No. 18, and Elsa from Frozen.

The Hunger Games' Katniss and Hazel from The Fault in Our Star show the continued influence of celebrities and pop culture.

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