What are the most popular eco-friendly baby names of 2020?

As more and more importance is placed on how we can help the environment and live sustainably, many Brits have started to realise that diet and recycling aren’t the only changes that come with living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Green baby names have sprung to popularity this year, as it seems environmentally conscious parents-to-be are seeking baby names to fit their green lifestyle and habits.

In a bid to discover the trendiest eco-friendly baby names of 2020, SaveOnEnergy examined Nameberry’s Top Baby Names of 2020 and can reveal which names are attracting the most attention in the UK.* After analysing the top 500 baby names, SaveOnEnergy found that eco-friendly monikers are most popular among girls. In fact, there are twice as many “green” baby names for girls in the top 500, compared to boys.

What are the most popular eco-friendly baby names for girls?

SaveOnEnergy discovered that Luna - the third most desirable girls name of 2020 - is the most popular eco-friendly baby name for girls! The name, which derives from the Latin word luna meaning ‘moon’, is perfect for those born under the astrological sign of Cancer (ruled by the moon). The phrases ‘Luna girls name’ and ‘Luna baby name’ have a total of 640 Google searches per month, showcasing its interest in 2020.

The second most popular ‘green’ girl’s name comes from the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. This unique girl’s name has 230 searches each month on Google from eco-conscious parents-to-be researching the name, highlighting its growing popularity. In fact, according to our previous research, Aurora is also the name of the most eco-friendly Disney princess!

Meaning ‘island’ in Spanish, Isla is the third most popular sustainable girl’s name, and the fifth most popular girl’s name in the UK according to NameBerry. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that there are a whopping 830 searches from Brits enquiring into the trendy name every month!

The top 20 eco-friendly girl names and their meanings:

1. Luna – Derived from Latin luna (moon) 

2. Aurora – Derived from the Roman goddess of dawn

3. Isla – ‘Island’ in Spanish

4. Hazel – The hazel tree

5. Ivy – The climbing evergreen plant

6. Iris – ‘Rainbow’ in Greek

7. Rose – The fragrant flower rose

8. Violet – The purple/blue flower

9. Aria – ‘Air’ in Italian

10. Chloe – ‘Blooming’ in Greek

11. Willow – The English willow tree

12. Poppy – Latin origin meaning ‘red flower’

13. Stella – ‘Star’ from Latin and Italian origin

14. Lily – The lily flower

15. Jasmine – The jasmine flower

16. Ruby – The gemstone ruby

17. Olive – English origin meaning ‘olive tree’

18. Eden – Intimations of paradise from the Bible

19. Daisy – The daisy flower

20. Jade – The ornamental stone jade

The trendiest eco-friendly baby boys name is Oliver, which stems from the Latin word olivarius meaning 'olive tree'. According to NameBerry it ranks as the third most popular boys name of 2020 so far, so it is unsurprising that it has a total of 500 searches from Brits each month.

The second most popular ‘green’ boy’s name is Jasper. The name, although believed to be unrelated to the gemstone Jasper, is still associated with the stone. Eco-conscious parents-to-be like this boy’s name as it is said to represent strength, endurance and ‘finding your centre’. 

Latin for ‘lion’, Leo ranks as the third trendiest eco-friendly boys name of 2020. Popularity of this name has grown immensely over the last 15 years and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Although it’s not the most popular boys name, there are 600 searches per month from potential parents interested in calling their baby Leo - 100 more searches than Oliver in first place!

The top 20 eco-friendly boy names and their meanings:

1. Oliver – English origin meaning ‘olive tree’

2. Jasper – The gemstone jasper

3. Leo – ‘Lion’ in Greek

4. Kai – ‘Sea’ in Hawaiian

5. Atlas – An ancient God who carried the entire world on his shoulders

6. Rowan – The rowan tree

7. Phoenix – Immortal bird from Greek mythology

8. Brooks – ‘Stream’ in old English

9. River – A stream of water that flows to the sea

10. Orion – A constellation of stars

11. Ash – The ash tree

12. Aidan – Derived from ‘aodáhn’ which means ‘fiery’ in Gaelic

13. Zephyr – ‘West wind’ in Greek

14. Fox – The fox animal

15. Basil – Derived from the B-S-L root

16. Wolf – From the German name ‘adalwolf’ meaning ‘noble wolf’

17. Forest – From French origin meaning ‘woodsman or woods’

18. Wren – Small brown songbird

19. Jett – Black gemstone

20. Pierce – Derived from the Greek word ‘petrós’ meaning ‘rock’

Why are parents choosing eco-friendly baby names?

SaveOnEnergy surveyed 3,400 parents to ask them why they are considering eco-friendly baby names for their newborn babies.

When asked ‘Would you give your baby an eco-friendly name?’, three quarters of Brits (72%) said that they would consider doing so, with only 28% wanting to avoid it. 

Of those considering giving their baby an eco-friendly name, 39% said they would do so because ‘they are pretty’, whilst a quarter (22%) said that they ‘like the meaning behind them.’ Interestingly, 21% said they would do so because ‘it’s trendy’ and 18% because they ‘follow an eco-friendly lifestyle’. 

Of those who said they would not give their child an eco-friendly baby name, the most popular reason is because ‘they’re mainstream’ (42%). Although ‘green’ baby names are growing in popularity, a quarter of Brits (26%) said they are still opposed to the idea because they are ‘cringey’, ‘don’t like the meanings behind them’ (23%) and believe that they have ‘negative connotations’ (9%).

If you are looking to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, you may also like to read our blog on ways you can reduce wardrobe waste and become a sustainable shopper!

Methodology:

  • SaveOnEnergy collated an extensive list of ‘eco-friendly’ names surrounding plants, nature and the earth. We then analysed the top 500 names listed in Nameberry’s Top Baby Names of 2020 to discover which eco-friendly names rank the highest. We then ranked the top 20 eco-friendly baby names for both sexes. 

  • SaveOnEnergy surveyed 3,400 people in July 2020 to collect the survey results.