2016 is here and with it have come new trends. This does not only influence the world of fashion, music, television, cinema or lifestyle, it also affects the names that future parents will choose for their baby. If years ago it was a trend to call the child Manuel, Vicente or Juan, now these names have given way to more modern ones, inspired by celebrities, fictional characters, other languages … and even Instagram filters !
These are the names for boys that we will hear the most this year.
NAMES INSPIRED BY THE BIBLE
Biblical names will again have prominence in 2016. For example, we find the name Mateo, one of the evangelists, whose name means ‘the great gift of our Lord’. Mateo is gaining prominence; This is the name of the last son of Leo Messi and the baby of the protagonist of Jane the Virgin. It is the surname of the adolescent fashion singer, Abraham Mateo and also its English version is used by many fashion actors: Matt Damon , Matt Bomer , Matthew McConaughey or the ‘friends’ Matt Leblanc and Matthew Perry .
We have already mentioned the footballer Leo Messi; his name will also be very popular this year. Penelope Cruz has already named her son that, and without a doubt, this will be a great year for Leonardo Di Caprio, who does not stop reaping awards for his latest film, which will surely give him the Oscar at last.
Other names that also appear in the Bible and that will be fashionable in 2016? Mark and Luke are the other two evangelists. Marcos, or his variant, Marco, is reminiscent of the series of children’s drawings but lately we have heard it in the second child that Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos have had . Marco means ‘combative man’ and is an especially common name in Italy. Actors like Mark Ruffalo , superhero of ‘ The Avengers ‘, or Mark Hamill , protagonist of ‘Star Wars’ now in the trend again, are called like that.
Lucas or Luca means ‘the one who shines’. Lately it has become a trend again, for example Patricia Conde’s son is called like that . And going back to the hit movie, the main character in Star Wars is named Luke Skywalker.
A name that will also sound quite a bit will be Pablo , recently popularized by the singer Pablo Alboran . It means “small, humble man” and other illustrious personages that are called thus are Pablo Picasso or Pablo Neruda, in addition to the politician of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias .
The last Biblical name to be heard in 2016 is David . It is one of the names that has always been in fashion, but this year the children named like that will be more numerous. One of the main reasons will be because many parents will be fans of David Bowie, who recently passed away. Although we have already seen several cases of celebrities who have called their children Bowie (such as Tania Llasera or Howard Donald from Take That ), some will want to be more traditional and will call the baby by his first name, which is also the same in English as in Spanish. Other known David are David Bisbal , David Bustamante , David Lynch and David Beckham , and their meaning is “the beloved, the chosen one of God.”
OTHER FASHIONABLE NAMES FOR BOYS.
But the male baby names that will sound the most this year go further. For example, short, unisex names will catch on. Although in the United States many celebrities have chosen to give their daughters generally masculine names (such as Wyatt, the girl of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher or James, that of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds) we can also find some unisex Spanish names for boys. Álex can come from Alejandro or Alejandra and Cris from Cristian or Cristina. This name is in great trend thanks to the number of actors that bear this name and who are succeeding right now, such as Chris Pratt , Chris Evans o Chris Hemsworth.
If we are looking for something more exotic, Noa or Andrea can also be used for people of both sexes. Another rare and unisex name is Sasha or Sacha , which, although right now it is heard more in boys like Shakira’s son , Elsa Pataky or Borja Thyssen, before it was used more in women.
NAMES BASED ON SERIES AND MOVIES.
Finally, fiction will have a great impact on future parents, especially those who enjoy movies and series the most. ‘ Game of Thrones ‘ will continue to be a great influence and we will be able to find children named Jon or Jaime , although in general it is the girls who will have names from this series. As we have already mentioned, ‘ Star Wars: The Force Awakens ‘ has been a huge success, and surely many parents will have the name of the characters in mind for their baby. Rey, for example, is another unisex and Spanish name that you can easily give your children. Han, Ben, Ren or Dameron are stranger possibilities but ideal for the most fans.
We hope we have inspired you with these names!