Lockdown-inspired baby names will be most popular for boys and girls in 2021

Marcus Rashford and Lady Diana Spencer are now a top team – united by the rising popularity of their names.

Marcus is predicted to be third most popular name for baby boys this year, and the 23-year-old Man United ace and children’s champ gets the credit.

Diana is tipped to be fourth favourite name for baby girls, and The Crown is responsible for that after Emma Corrin’s portrayal of the late princess in the hit Netflix drama.

The charts are a prediction based on “pop culture” online searches last year.

Connell gets No1 spot in the boys’ chart based on the number of searches about the character from Normal People, the Sally Rooney book serialised by the BBC.

Tom and David may be common names, but earn their places in the top five due to the popularity of NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore and naturalist David Attenborough.

The success of singer Billie Eilish is responsible for the No1 name in the girls’ top five, while Maeve Wiley, the lead character in Netflix hit Sex Education gets the credit for the No2.

The third place choice is based on searches for Anya Taylor-Joy, who had the lead role in The Queen’s Gambit, the research by My Nametags found.

Lars B Andersen, of My Nametags, said: “We are always curious to identify new trends in popular names.”

10 boys’ names tipped as parents’ choice

  1. Connell – after Connell Waldron, the lead character in the BBC drama, Normal People
  2. Tom – after national treasure Captain Sir Tom Moore
  3. Marcus – after Premier League footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE
  4. Lewis – after seven time Formula One champion and Sir Lewis Hamilton
  5. David – after legendary documentary maker Sir David Attenborough
  6. Michael – after iconic basketball star Michael Jordan
  7. Lucas – after Lucas Bravo who plays sultry chef Gabriel in Emily in Paris
  8. Jordan – after Liverpool FC skipper Jordan Henderson
  9. Harry – after former One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles
  10. Tiger – after riveting Netflix documentary Tiger King

10 girls’ names tipped as parents’ choice

  1. Billie – after five-time Grammy winner and the latest James Bond theme tune singer Billie Eilish
  2. Maeve – after lead character Maeve Wiley played by Emma Mackey in Netflix series Sex Education
  3. Anya – after actress Anya Taylor-Joy who takes the lead in Emma and The Queen’s Gambit
  4. Diana – after the late Princess of Wales following the success of the latest Netflix series of The Crown
  5. Jodie – after actress Jodie Comer who thrilled as stylish assassin in the BBC’s Killing Eve
  6. Siobhan – after Siobhan “Shiv” Roy (Sarah Snook), the feisty female lead in HBO’s award-winning drama, Succession
  7. Celeste – after the BBC Music Sound of 2020 winner and singer-songwriter for the John Lewis’ Christmas advert soundtrack
  8. Emma – after the lead character in the latest adaptation of the Jane Austin novel
  9. Giovanna – after Giovanna Fletcher, winner of I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here!
  10. Alexis – after Alexis Rose, played by Annie Murphy in award winning sitcom, Schitt’s Creek