The names parents choose for their newborns form an everlasting part of their child’s identity, so it’s no surprise that many parents want to choose a baby name that represents something notable, like prosperity, luck or happiness.
With our data revealing that plenty of parents opt for ‘lucky’ names for their child, we were keen to uncover what the most popular ‘lucky’ girls’ and boys’ names were in 2020 – and what they mean!
The Most Popular Lucky Baby Names for Girls
Our research unveiled that Iris – directly derived from the Greek word iris, which means rainbow – was the most popular lucky baby name for girls. With origins in Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow which acted as a multicoloured bridge between heaven and earth, joining the two as a pathway for the likes of Zeus and Hera to cross. It’s unsurprising that Iris is the most popular lucky name for baby girls, since rainbows have lucky connotations throughout Irish mythology too, with the end of a rainbow believed to be the hiding place for pots of gold and fortune.
Meanwhile, Evangeline placed as the second most popular lucky baby name for girls. Evangeline is also rooted in Greek origin, meaning the ‘bearer of good news’. However, it rumoured that the increased popularity of the name is a result of Evangeline’s religious ties and the fact that the name is now shared with a protagonist on a hit TV show called Lost! Even still, the strong connotations of positivity and luck leave Evangeline ranking among the most popular lucky baby girl names of all time!
Rounding off the top three most popular lucky baby names was Beatrice, in third place. Unlike the two it followed, Beatrice is rooted in Italian and Latin, construed to mean ‘she who brings happiness; blessed’. Although embedded in ancient literacy, Beatrice has gained traction in recent decades among the Royal Family and famed parents, with Princess Beatrice and Beatrice McCartney giving the name a new lease of life. Despite its classic tone, Beatrice is easily shortened to upbeat nicknames such as Bea and Bee – all of which make it an apparently attractive option for parents seeking a lucky name for their newborn!
The Top 20 Most Popular Lucky Girls Names and Their Meanings:
1. Iris – Derived from the Greek word Iris, meaning rainbow
2. Evangeline – Has Greek origin, meaning ‘bearer of good news’
3. Beatrice – ‘She who brings happiness; blessed’ in Latin
4. Jade – A precious green stone transmitting wisdom, clarity, justice and courage
5. Kiara – ‘Bright’ or ‘light’ in Italian and ‘God’s precious gift’ in Hindi
6. Felicity – Derived from Latin word Felicitas, meaning ‘luck, good fortune’
7. Winfred – ‘Friend of Peace’
8. Clover – A traditional symbol of good luck and prosperity, particularly when found with four leaves
9. Octavia – Derives from Latin Octavus, meaning 8 – which is a lucky number in many cultures and represents infinity
10. Amber – derived from the Arabic, Ambar, which means jewel.
The Most Popular ‘Lucky’ Baby Names for Boys
When it came to names for baby boys, we discovered Asher to be the most popular lucky name amongst parents, likely due to its highly religious tones. Asher has strong roots in the Old Testament whereby Asher, the eighth son of Jacob, was promised a life blessed with abundance. Meanwhile in Hebrew, Asher has connotations of joy and happiness – a name destined to bring luck!
Felix fell shortly behind as the second most popular lucky name for baby boys. Originating from the Latin word ‘Felicis’ which – like Felicity – means lucky, happy or successful. No wonder it’s so popular amongst boys and girls!
Rounding off the top three most popular lucky baby names for boys is the name Quinn. As the third most popular, Quinn is rooted in the Irish-Gaelic term ‘ceann’ which is loaded with connotations such as knowledge, sense and intelligence, all of which remain highly desirable qualities.
The Top 20 Most Popular Lucky Boys Names and Their Meanings:
1. Asher – Strong religious connotations such as happiness and joy, or blessings in abundance
2. Felix – Derives from Latin, meaning happy or lucky
3. Quinn – Irish Gaelic origin, meaning sense and intelligence
4. Chance – Often found in Middle English to mean good fortune
5. Bennett – Stems from Latin and means blessed
6. Edmund – Meaning prosperity and riches
7. Benedict – Derives from the Late Latin name Benedictus, meaning blessed
8. Fisher – Meaning ‘fisherman’, linked with superstitions
9. Seven – Has English origin meaning inner wisdom
10. Arley – Rooted in American and Hebrew meaning promise
Why Are Parents Choosing ‘Lucky’ Baby Names?
Intrigued to discover why ‘lucky’ baby names are so popular, we surveyed 3,428 parents to ask them if, and why, they are considering opting for a luck-loaded name for their newborn babies.
When asked ‘Would you give your baby a ‘lucky’ name?’, over three quarters (78%) said that they would consider it. However, the remaining 22% of parents disliked the idea of a ‘lucky’ baby name.
Interestingly, of those that said they would consider giving their child a lucky name, a whopping 94% of respondents believed that by giving their newborn a name with connotations of good luck, in the hope that it would help them later in life.
When asked about their main reason for considering a ‘lucky’ baby name for their newborn, most parents still said that they hoped it would bring their baby luck in life, with 44% noting this as their main motivation. Meanwhile, 23% believed the names sounded ‘pretty’ and said this was their biggest influence. Other reasons included following trends (15%), liking the meaning behind the name (14%), and being superstitious (4%).
However, for those that opted out of giving their baby a ‘lucky’ name, the biggest reason was that ‘lucky’ names were too mainstream, with 38% saying this was their main reason for avoiding ‘lucky’ names. A third (31%) said their main reason for not considering a lucky name was that they were ‘cringy’, whilst a quarter simply didn’t like the connotations behind lucky names. This left 6% of those that wouldn’t consider a lucky baby name reluctant since they ‘don’t believe in lucky names’.
1. Compare.bet analysed the current most popular 1,000 baby names for both boys and girls, looking for those that are most desired but also have meanings of luck. Each name’s ranking is determined by its overall popularity through interest on Nameberry.com. This data was collected on 24/08/2020.
2. Compare.bet then surveyed a pool of 3,428 respondents, all of whom are parents or soon to be parents, to determine whether they would consider giving their baby a name with ‘lucky’ connotations or not, and their motivations behind these choices.