‘Corah, Corina, Rona’: Parents now avoiding baby names that sound like ‘corona’, study reveals

  • A number of parents recently started avoiding baby names that sound like “corona”; such as “Corah”, “Corina”, and “Rona”
  • In a research conducted recently by the ChannelMum, it was found that almost half or 43 percent of parents believe the COVID-19 crisis will alter the way UK babies are named
  • In addition, seven percent of mothers-to-be have already changed a name choice because of the pandemic

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) crisis continues, a number of parents have started avoiding baby names that sound like “corona”; such as “Corah”, “Corina”, and “Rona”.

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In a research conducted recently by the ChannelMum, it was found that almost half or 43 percent of parents believe the COVID-19 crisis will alter the way UK babies are named and seven percent of mothers-to-be have already changed a name choice due to the pandemic.

“Popular monikers being ditched include Corah, Corina and Rona, as families believe they sound too close to ‘corona’. Three in five parents polled believe similar ‘Corona’ names will fall out of fashion this year due to the disease. In addition, names close to ‘virus’–including Viola and Violet–are off the name lists of a third of parents, while names linked to lockdown, such as Lockie or Lochlan are also likely to slide down the baby name charts,” it was revealed

Meanwhile, names that suggest hope, bravery, security, and happiness are now being chosen by parents.

“Seven in ten have listed hopeful ‘virtue’ names, with Faith, Hope, Charity, Patience and Constance predicted to come back into fashion. Over half (54 percent) would consider a ‘rainbow name’ after the kids’ art trend. Popular picks include ‘Iris’, meaning rainbow in Greek, alongside Indigo and Blue. But Violet is out because of its closeness to ‘virus’,” it noted.

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“Our poll of 1,300 parents also found hero names to be popular to honour our key workers. Top choices are the gender-neutral ‘Hero’, ‘Avery’, and ‘Bravery’, plus ‘Maverick’ for boys, with three in ten backing a rise in popularity. ‘Happy names’ are also popular with a third of new parents, in a bid to beat lockdown gloom and celebrate new life. The most selected names include ‘Bliss’, ‘Joy’, ‘Blythe’, and ‘Felicity’ for girls, alongside ‘Pax’ and ‘Sol’ for boys,” the research also disclosed.

Here are the popular baby names amid the lockdown, according to  ChannelMum‘s study:

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While here are the names that are being avoided by parents in the midst of the pandemic:

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